RUSSIAN PAVILION – Venice Biennale 2024 

curated by Luca Rossi 

Since 2009, ‘Luca Rossi’, a heterodox figure in the art world, has been experiencing a fusion and confusion of all the roles in the system: artist, critic, curator and also simple spectator. The design for the Russian pavilion was born from this suggestion. (More info about Luca Rossi here: https://fondazioneimagomundi.org/en/webdoc/luca-rossi-interview-eng/ )

Luca Rossi has installed 40 artworks inside the Russia Pavilion. But just as the Italian art system marginalises, eliminates and excludes Luca Rossi’s work, the Russian Pavilion is difficult to access. Since 2009, Luca Rossi, artist, blogger, collective, controversial figure, has been developing a daily critical work related to the art world and the value that art should have for our lives. Luca Rossi is ostracised and marginalised precisely because of these critical reflections.  

We have been experiencing a bombardment of content, works and information of which each of us, armed with smartphones, is both creator and victim. We don’t need to express ourselves we do it too much, we need interstices of solitude and silence to finally say something “TRUE”. This is why even the inability to access the Pavilion becomes something interesting, a moment of reflection, pause and decompression.

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If the artist wants to deal with political issues, he can found a political party, an opinion movement or an NGO. As if the dentist, the teacher or the lawyer were asked to solve the world’s problems directly: they can solve the world’s problems by doing their job well.

We cannot solve and understand the world’s problems unless we first know how to resist and become aware (represent) the regime of ‘infocracy’ and ‘not-things’ (Byung Chul Han). Luca Rossi’s works inside the Russia Pavilion descend from a single piece of information; they are capable of taking us to extraordinary places; they reactivate our imagination, the surprise effect and the value of waiting. Imagination, expectation and surprise, are fundamental aspects for understanding and deeply experiencing the world. We could say ‘to train new eyes’.