Artists Anthony Moman and Hemi Bawa around the Venice Biennale

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Lost in art at the Venice Biennale

I was delighted to welcome artist Hemi Bawa who flew in from India to see my sculptures in Personal Structures,hosted by the European Cultural Centre during the Venice Biennale.

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Anthony Moman and Hemi Bawa in front of Dolk’s staple wall sculpture

We had a great time visiting the many exhibits in Palazzo Mora and discovered a recurring theme with my syringe sculptures, acupuncture needles and staples from Dolk. Curators take note.

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Ethereal dress sculpture

Later on we visited Glasstress and saw some ethereal glass work and then we went on to the Arsenale.

At this stage I was probably suffering from art fatigue, if that is possible for an artist.

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Impressed by the sheer scale of The Horse Problem

I enjoyed the Argentina Pavilion with The Horse Problem – surely one of the most reposted images from the Biennale.
I appreciated the symbolism of folk masks but the masks continued on and on and on and I was relieved to see something quite different in the striking imagery of Food for Thought by Maha Malluh from Saudi Arabia made from audio tapes in bread baking trays.

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Loved the imagery of Food for Thought

The Italian pavilion left me feeling a sense of dread and not the Magic World I had hoped for. I left the Arsenale without going to the Giardini as I empathised with Lani Maestro’s neon words No Pain Like This Body.

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No Pain Like This Body summed up how I felt

I had seen a lot of art and yes, call me biased but I still thought that the best exhibition in town during the Venice Biennale is Personal Structures.

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In front of my sculptures

Personal Structures Group Exhibition is on until November 27th and is free entry, open every day except Tuesdays from 10 am – 6pm

http://www.europeanculturalcentre.eu/index.php?page=15&lang=en

To Be One (with the world)

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To Be One 2017
Anthony Moman
Syringes on marine ply in plexiglas box
123 x 123 x 25 cm

Syringes are really symbolic and can provoke a host of different emotional reactions, mostly negative.
They can, however, alleviate pain, cure and protect against life threatening diseases, and change the way we look and feel about ourselves.
Our very existence can depend on one syringe, and they therefore deserve our respect and their place in the history of humanity.

The globe sculpture is called ” To Be One ” and it’s name was inspired by the poem

” To Be One With Each Other ” by George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)

” What greater thing is there for two human souls
than to feel that they are joined together
to strengthen each other in all labour
to minister to each other in all sorrow,
to share with each other in all gladness,
to be one with each other
in the silent unspoken memories ? “