2013 – 55th edition
NAPA 90, ARSENALE
In the Principality of Andorra, the largest of the little states in the world, the inhabitants can feel on the snowy summits that they are close to heaven and the infinite, in a sort of subliminal euphoria, and find themselves just a little later in streets outrageously invaded by shops and boutiques. This mountainous territory of great beauty, caught in the Pyrenees between Spain and France, where ecology is perceived as normal, is also characterised by legal institutions as ancient as the beautiful Romanesque chapels scattered about the valleys.
Impossible for an artist to remain insensitive to such an ecosystem, omnipresent nature mixing with an urban nature which some may judge on the frontiers of kitsch. The whole constitutes without dispute a catalysing element for the breathing of imagination in the great game of creation. Three artists represent the Principality in 2013 in the 55th Biennale in Venice; two are native Andorrans and one is Cuban and Andorran by adoption. The works by Javier Balmaseda, Samantha Bosque and Fiona Morrisson constitute a very broad panorama of artistic practice: an installation of sculptures and designs, an interactive immaterial installation, and a video. In fact, three exemplary fragments of the real or the notion of time passing is approached according to the sensitivity of each artist.
Dr. Henry Périer, Commissioner
Fiona Morisson uses, for her venue in Venice, that medium so specific which is the video. This, although limited in time, offers also, in fact, the characteristic of being timeless.
ALL THOSE FORGOTTEN LIVES
At the origin of the installation by Samantha Bosque presented today to the 55th Biennale in Venice, is the discovery made in the flea market of Els Encants in Barcelona, of old boxes full of gelatin-bromide glass plates. The forerunner of photography, this technique dating from 1871 was replaced in 1888 by the introduction of the film.
FIXED IN CONTEMPORANEOUSNESS
Born at Cienfuegos in Cuba, on 25 December 1971, his mother a teacher and his father a mechanic, Javier Balmaseda evidenced a vocation very early.