WE WALKED THE EARTH
DANISH PAVILION AT THE 59TH INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION, BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 2022
curated by Jacob Lillemose
Artist: Uffe Isolotto
Commissioned by Danish Arts Foundation
Exhibition Coordination in Venice
The Danish Pavilion hosts Uffe Isolotto’s We Walked the Earth, a drama of life and death, hope and despair, in a transhuman world inhabited by centaurs.
In light of a long collaboration with the Danish Art Foundation, all the artists appointed in the past editions and the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces, Copenhagen, in relation to the Pavilion Management, M+B Studio has collaborated with Uffe Isolotto and the team of expertise involved in the exhibition project as Local Exhibition Coordinator in Venice.
We Walked the Earth invites audiences to step into a hyperrealistic world where elements from idyllic Danish farm life of the past blend with strange sci-fi phenomena from the future to create a haunting image of an uncertain present.
Occupying the entire Pavilion, We Walked the Earth presents an unexpected drama that revolves around a centaur family of three in a transhuman world. Visitors will enter their home and encounter the inhabitants as they walk through the rooms containing their belongings, food and working tools. It will not be obvious what has happened to them and the world they live in. The whole setting will be haunted by a deep uncertainty. It will be impossible to tell whether it is tragic or hopeful, or perhaps both.
While the centaurs will at first seem strange, their struggle will not. Faced with the challenging realities of an ever-changing world, the family will experience a deep existential and ecological struggle. It’s the basic struggle of navigating a present that is becoming increasingly complex and unpredictable. Who do we become when the world we know no longer exists? Do we seek refuge in who we were, or do we look for escape routes in what we might become?
Best known for his works with physical and digital sculpture, We Walked the Earth emerges out of Isolotto’s enduring exploration into the intersections of the body and the machine and takes it to a new scale with this elaborate total installation.
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Installation view: Uffe Isolotto, We Walked the Earth, Pavilion of Denmark, Biennale Arte, 2022. Credit Ugo Carmine
Drawings: Uffe Isolotto, We Walked the Earth, 2022. Concept Art accompanying the hyperrealistic installation. The Danish Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia 2022.