Thursday, 23 November 2017
– Friday, 1 December 2017
Exhibiting artists: Sarah Boulter, Emma Bradley, Hazel Rebecca Clegg, Rika Jones, Anita Kwiecien and Polly Palmerini. Co-curated by Chris Bailkoski and Manuela Zammit.
'…into the labyrinth' presents the work of 8 creative practitioners inspired by the 57th Venice Art Biennale and the wider setting of the city, after their experiences on a four-week residency in Venice. Each individual investigated ideas of residency through visual diaries and explored themes of materiality and decay, voyeurism, claustrophobia, repetition and time, all of which are synonymous with mythology surrounding Venice. In 1786, influential colour theorist and philosopher, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe resided in Venice for a short time and "…into the labyrinth" is a phrase taken from his own diary that repeatedly found its way in his writing. The repetition of navigating the labyrinthine city in a time when Venetians ‘live in public’ yet conversely find ‘solitude in the crowd’ mirrors these practitioners’ own experiences, documented in this exhibition.
Join us for Venetian Aperitivo on November 23rd, 6-8pm at International 3 gallery and follow the subsequent artist talk and panel discussion in the following days. This exhibition and accompanying programme of events are supported by the British Council, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and International 3.