Macedonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Exhibits Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva Silentio Pathologia

. May 7, 2013

Macedonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Exhibits Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva Silentio Pathologia on 1 June–24 November 2013.

Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Silentio Pathologia, 2013. Rat fur (work in progress). © Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva.

Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Silentio Pathologia, 2013. Rat fur (work in progress). © Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva.


Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva has been selected by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia to represent the Republic of Macedoniaat the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.

Elpida presents a major new installation work, Silentio Pathologia, drawn from her original proposal to the Ministry of Culture of Macedonia, which reflects upon the movement, migration and impact of medieval plagues through Europe (and city states such as Venice) and considers contemporary concerns about international migratory illnesses such as coronavirus. This ambitious work will include pure woven silk, silkworm cocoons, albino rat skins, curtains of steel sheet and, subject to permissions, live rats. Drawing upon her established and highly regarded practice of extended periods of working and embellishing multiple objects into large-scale art installations, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva presents a signature artwork for the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.

“What drives Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva? She has an almost sacrificial capacity for hard work, combined with a rare lack of sqeamishness. There is an intense desire to find a fragment—somewhat like a fractal—that can be duplicated and endlessly spun into material.” (Alison Wilding, exhibition pamphlet, We are Shadows, published by Unit 2, London Metropolitan University, 2008)

“It is a slowly evolving, carefully considered and constructed body of sculpture. These and other of Hadzi-Vasileva’s large-scale works involve repetitive, physical labour by the artist over extended periods of time. She gives herself to the material, and the material gives back. She gives the work the time it needs—and then quietly but insistently asks for the time of the viewer too.” (James Lingwood, Co-Director of Artangel, introduction to Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva’s website, 2013)

Pavilion of the Republic of Macedonia at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
Scuola dei Laneri, Fondamenta del Gaffaro
Santa Croce 131, Venice
www.silentiopathologia.com
www.nationalgallery.mk

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