VENICE, ITALY - 9 MAY 2019: "Fortress Shadow" (2017) by Enrico David is seen here in the exhibition "Neither Nor: The challenge to the Labyrinth", curated by Milovan Farronato, at the Italian Pavilion during the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy, on May 9th 2019.
"Neither Nor: The challenge to the Labyrinth" is the title of the exhibition, curated by Milovan Farronato for the Italian Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in which three Italian artists are taking part, presenting completely new works along with ones from the past: Enrico David (Ancona, 1966), Chiara Fumai (Rome, 1978 – Bari, 2017) and Liliana Moro (Milan, 1961). The subtitle of the project alludes to “La sfida al labirinto” (“The Challenge to the Labyrinth”) a seminal essay written by Italo Calvino in 1962 that has been the inspiration for Neither Nor. In this text the author proposes a cultural work open to all possible languages and that feels itself co-responsible in the construction of a world which, having lost its traditional points of reference, no longer asks to be merely represented. To visualize the intricate forms of contemporary reality, Calvino turns to the vivid metaphor of the labyrinth: an apparent maze of lines and tendencies that is in reality constructed on the basis of strict rules.
The 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, titled "May You Live In Interesting Times”,is curated by Ralph Rugoff. The Exhibition is is divided into two separate presentations, Proposition A in the Arsenale and Proposition B in the Giardini’s Central Pavilion, comprising 79 artists from all over the world. “May You Live In Interesting Times highlights artworks whose forms function in part to call attention to what forms conceal and the multifarious purposes that they fulfil. In an indirect manner, then, perhaps these artworks can serve as a kind of guide for how to live and think