Curators of Art Reoriented, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath's top picks from the 57th Venice Biennale 2017


1. Samson Young

“Songs for a Disaster Relief”, Hong Kong Pavilion

Samson Young’s “Songs for Disaster Relief” at the Hong Kong Pavilion reflects the artist’s interest in the intersection of music and politics. In his installation he critiques the production of well-known charity songs of global pop stars, often evoking imperialist attitudes, by re-staging them with whispering choirs.


 2. Katherine Nuñez & Issay Rodriguez

“In between the Lines No. 2”, featured in “Viva Arte Viva”, Giardini

The Montblanc Cultural Foundation commissioned this artwork by the two emerging Manila-based artist for its collection in Hamburg. The installation is shown in the main exhibition and consists of a library made entirely of stitched fabric, embroidery and crochet. It marks the artists’ first participation in an international biennial.


 3. Edith Dekyndt

“One Thousand and one Nights”, featured in “Viva Arte Viva”, Arsenale

In Edith Dekyndt’s installation a performer sweeps away at the edges of a spot lit area of fine sand. The movement creates ephemeral rays of dust beautifully captured by the projected light. Within the crowded Biennale, the viewer is offered a quiet haven and a space for reflection.


 4. Anne Imhof

“Faust”, German Pavilion, Giardini

Anne Imhoff’s performance piece “Faust” references the protagonist of a classic German legend, who struggles with the limits of his human existence. The haunting composition of music, objects and performers directly transports the viewer into a state of ecstatic anxiety and transience; a powerful testament of our times.


5. “The Boat Is Leaking. The Captain Died”

Exhibition at Prada Foundation Venice

This exhibition is the result of a close collaboration between writer and filmmaker Alexander Kluge, artist Thomas Demand, stage and costume designer Anna Viebrock and curator Udo Kittelmann. It is conceived as an immersive experience merging film, art and theatre with the grand interiors of the Foundation’s palazzo.




Within the crowded Biennale, the viewer is offered a quiet haven and a space for reflection."