57th Venice Biennale Reveals List of Participating Artists — Alyssa Buffenstein

Artnet, 02.08.2017

See whose work will be on display at “Viva Arte Viva” this summer.

The 57th Venice Biennale released the list of participating artists for its main exhibition today, revealing the 120 artists—compared to last year’s 136—whose work will comprise “Viva Arte Viva,” curated by Christine Macel.

Macel’s vision for “Viva Arte Viva” is that it be made with, by, and for artists, emphasizing the artist’s role in mediating contemporary society.

“In a world full of conflicts and jolts, in which humanism is being seriously jeopardized, art is the most precious part of the human being,” she said in a September statement.

A number of artists are featured who have received major institutional exhibitions or prizes recently, like Kader Attia, winner of the 2016 Prix Marcel Duchamp; Philippe Parreno, who currently has a large-scale commission on view at the Tate Modern; or Anri Sala, who had a major survey at the New Museum in 2016. Also included is artist and politician Edi Rama, who’s been the prime minister of Albania since 2013.

Young artists (born after 1985) get their due in the form of Rachel Rose, who broke into the big leagues in 2015 with her video “Everything and More” at the Whitney in New York, or video artist Agnieszka Polska, who has shown at European institutions and different biennales, but nothing on the scale of Venice.

Julian Charrière, whose collaboration with Julius von Bismarck was featured in the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale; Petrit Halilaj, who represented Kosovo at the 2013 Venice Biennale; and Achraf Touloub, whose work is in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou and the Deutsche Bank Collection, also fit the “young” description. But one ambitious duo is surprisingly younger than the rest: Issay Rodriguez and Katherine Nuñez, born in 1991 and 1992, are featured on the list.

Of course, established name like Olafur Eliasson, Frances Stark, and Alicja Kwade are expected. However, the most surprising name on the list is American cult filmmaker John Waters, who rose to fame in the 1970s for his intentionally-offensive films, but has since revealed himself as a multi-capable creative, a gatekeeper of the border between “good” and “bad” taste.

See the full list below:

ADER, Bas Jan

AL SAADI, Abdullah

ALADAG, Nevin

ANTUNES, Leonor

ARAEEN, Rasheed

ARANCIO, Salvatore

ATIKU, Jelili

ATLAS, Charles

ATTIA, Kader

ÁVILA FORERO, Marcos

BANERJEE, Rina

BEUTLER, Michael

BINION, McArthur

BLACK, Karla

BLANK, Irma

BLAZY, Michel

BRUSCKY, Paulo

BUCHER, Heidi

CALAND, Huguette

CHARRIÈRE, Julian

CIACCIOFERA, Michele

CORDIANO, Martín

CSÖRGO, Attila

CURNIER JARDIN, Pauline

DANZ, Mariechen

DEKYNDT, Edith

DÍAZ MORALES, Sebastián

DOWNEY, Juan

ELIASSON, Olafur

ENGSTED, Søren

FIŠKIN, Vadim

GARCÍA URIBURU, Nicolás

GENG, Jianyi

GILLIAM, Sam

GRIFFA, Giorgio

GUAN, Xiao

GUARNERI, Riccardo

GUTIÉRREZ, Cynthia

HAINS, Raymond

HAJAS, Tibor

HALILAJ, Petrit

HALPRIN, Anna

HAO, Liang

HERÁCLITO, Ayrson

HICKS, Sheila

HOPE, Andy

KASPER, Dawn

KHAN, Hassan

KIM, Sung Hwan

KONATÉ, Abdoulaye

KORINA, Irina

KWADE, Alicja

LAI, Firenze

LAI, Maria

LANCETA, Teresa

LATHAM, John

LEE, Mingwei

LEIBOVICI, Franck

LEWITT, Sam

LIU, Jianhua

LIU, Ye

MAKHACHEVA, Taus

MALLUH, Maha

MARWAN

MATSUTANI, Takesada

MEDALLA, David

MILLER, Dan

MILLER, Peter

MIRALDA Antoni, RABASCALL Joan, SELZ Dorothée, XIFRA Jaume

MONDRIAN FAN CLUB (David Medalla & Adam Nankervis)

MURESAN, Ciprian

NENGUDI, Senga

NETO, Ernesto

NUÑEZ Katherine & RODRIGUEZ, Issay

OHO

OROZCO, Gabriel

PARRENO, Philippe

PICH, Sopheap

PLNÝ, Luboš

POGACNIK, Marko

POLSKA, Agnieszka

POOTOOGOOK, Kananginak

PORTER, Liliana

QUINLAN, Eileen

RAHMOUN, Younès

RAMA, Edi

RAMÍREZ, Enrique

RAMÍREZ-FIGUEROA, Naufus

ROSE, Rachel

SALA, Anri

SÁNCHEZ, Zilia

SAPOUNTZIS, Yorgos

SCOTT, Judith

SHARIF, Hassan

SHAVER, Nancy

SHAW, Jeremy

SHERK, Bonnie Ora

SHIMABUKU

SMITH, Kiki

STARK, Frances

STILINOVIC, Mladen

STOLTE, Fiete

STUART, Michelle

SUGA, Kishio

TANAKA, Koki

TENGER, Hale

THE PLAY

TOULOUB, Achraf

TRAN, Thu Van

UPRITCHARD, Francis

VERZUTTI, Erika

VOIGNIER, Marie

VOROBYEVA Yelena & VOROBYEV Viktor

WAHEED, Hajra

WALTHER, Franz Erhard

WATERS, John

WEST, Franz

WYN EVANS, Cerith

YEESOOKYUNG

ZHOU, Tao