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The Biennale 2015 # 1: Giardini and Arsenale

Amazing, warm, enigmatic, beautiful and full of symbolism – the boats and the thousands of keys hanging in millions of red threads. There you go: Shiharo Shiota ‘”Key In The Hand” at the Japanese pavilion – one of the best pieces at the 2015 Venezia Biennale!


One of the two boats by Shiota – All photos below © Jan Oberg 2015

I’ve been to all the Biennales since 2007. My admittedly very subjective view – and what else could it be? – is that this year’s is far from the best. It’s overarching title is “All The World’s Futures” and it has three filters – 1) Garden of Disorder; 2) Liveness: On Epic Duration and 3) Reading Capital.” It is curated by Okwui Enwezor, Nigeria.

A very long art work at Arsenale

A very long art work at Arsenale – having to do with world trade in cocoa – stamped “Ghana Cocoa Board” – and slavery?

It takes place at three places in Venice – the Giardini space (29 pavilions), the Arsenale space (31 national pavilions plus lots of single artists) and all over town in the so-called Collateral Events accepted by the curator.

This year it has a record 89 participating countries and over 150 artists. Many see the bi-annual Venice Art Biennale – now in its 56th year as the world art event.

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time, the inaugural exhibition in the new Australian Pavilion, attracted 287,690 visitors

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time, the inaugural exhibition in the new Australian Pavilion, attracted 287,690 visitors – a very inventive idea – politically and aesthetically executed. Full of engaging objects and ideas, making you think…and wonder… and feel enriched.

And of course it is fascinating. Its diversity is completely impossible to convey to anyone who has not been there. It’s  been going on from May 9-November 22, 2015 – and I am here in Venice the last 7 days – to explore and learn as much as I possibly can and with pleasantly few visitors in Venice.

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"Venezia Suite" – 4 collages: A little background & sales info

Venice, Italy is a treasure for photographers. It’s always been considered ‘picturesque’ and over the years several fine photo art books have been published. I am seriously considering creating one, based on my two visits in 2011-2012. This post is about my work photo work there and what is likely to come out of it – beyond the Venezia Suite, I created last year (see below).


Naked in Venice 2012
© Jan Oberg


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Venezia Series

Late last night I finished a series of four abstract collages based on photos taken in Venice two weeks ago.

There contain mixes of Canon-made photos and Hipstamatic iPhone images. They are lose compositions of shots of many kinds, just reflecting my search for something “Venetian” that contrasts the usual – nowadays souvenir-kitch – image of that city. 


Venezia Series # 2 © Jan Oberg 2011

They will be on show today at the “Cultural Night” of Lund, Sweden, where everybody is on their feet to experience culture in all its forms and shapes.

Otherwise, in the post above you may see how Anders Jönsson and I during this Cultural Night create an experiment…”Pigment Bombs for a More Beautiful World”.