Canada’s contribution to this year’s Venice Art Biennale presents a completely transformed Canada Pavilion. Outside, the pavilion is covered with scaffolding, inside the visitor confronted with mix of curious objects. The installation entitled Canadassimo is the work of the Canadian artist-collective BGL of Quebec City, formed by the artists Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière. Marie Fraser, the Guest Curator of the exhibition describes the installation: “Canadassimo offers a strange path through the Canada Pavilion, which has been completely transformed. Beneath the scaffolding that partially obscures the building’s façade – creating the impression that the exhibition is still under construction – is the entrance to a dépanneur, one of the small neighbourhood convenience stores found across Quebec that sell tinned goods and other household essentials. Beyond this typically chaotic and shabby shop is a loft-like living space: though far more organized, this area is evidently the preserve of a recycling enthusiast. Next comes what BGL has dubbed “the studio,” a place crowded with countless objects of all kinds, including stacks of tin cans covered with dribbles of paint. Having made their way through this bizarre living/working domain, spectators can relax for a while on a terrace that offers a marvellous view over the Giardini.” Have a look at the video and see for yourself.
BGL (Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière): Canadassimo. Canadian Pavilion at Venice Art Biennale 2015. Canada Pavilion at Venice Art Biennale 2015. Preview, May 7, 2015.
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