Say Hi to Natalie! This lovely lady is going on an art pilgrimage of sorts, this July – she’s been selected for an internship at this year’s Venice Biennale.
She’ll get to spend 6 weeks in Venice, working at the Singapore Pavilion. The lucky interns get to stay in a private apartment, surrounded by amazing art and immersed in foreign culture.
“ILLUMInations emphasizes the intuitive insight and the illumination of thought that is fostered by an encounter with art and its ability to sharpen the tools of perception – the director underlined. While the last Biennale ‘Making Worlds’ highlighted constructive creativity, ILLUMInations will focus on the ¢light’ of the illuminating experience, on the epiphanies that come with intercommunicative, intellectual comprehension. The Age of Enlightenment also resonates in ILLUMInations, testifying to the enduring vibrancy of its legacy”.
“The Biennale is like a wind machine – Paolo Baratta reveals. Every two years, it shakes the forest, unveils hidden truths, gives new strength and light to new sprouts, showing older trunks and persisting branches from a different perspective (this year trunks are really old considering the intention expressed by the curator to open with Tintoretto). The Biennale is a great pilgrimage, where in the works of artists and in the work of curators the voices of the world meet, to talk about their own and our future. Art here is meant as a continuous evolution”. (read more)
Well, I’m glad Singapore gets to be a part of this evolution:
Photo credit to Olivia Kwok – www.jooksh.com
Singapore artist Ho Tzu Nyen presents “The Cloud of Unknowing”, a video art installation at the Singapore Pavilion of the 54th Venice Biennale. . .The theme of this year’s Venice Biennale, “ILLUMInations”, calls for a reflection upon the conventions through which contemporary art is viewed. Ho’s audio-visual installation explores art history, looking at forms of illumination, luminance and of being transported by clouds. His piece portrays the sensory experience of eight different characters occupying apartments in a deserted, low-income public housing block in Singapore, each of whom has an encounter with a cloud which alternates between appearing as a figure, and a vaporous mist.
She’s also currently on an internship at Loewe. Which means she gets the first peek at samples, before passing them on to the other offices in Southeast Asia.
When she’s not busy with all of the above, Natalie clearly loves to read – do check out her book reviews for some good recommendations! The rest of the time we’ll be waiting for exciting updates on her Venice Biennale adventure, for sure.