Masoud Akhavanjam Reflections, Venice 2022

April 23 - November 27

Masoud Akhavanjam is exhibiting three of his sculptures at the sixth edition of the biennial contemporary art exhibition, Personal Structures, hosted by The European Cultural Centre (ECC) Italy during La Biennale di Venezia 2022.

 

The extensive exhibition features a wide selection of artworks from internationally-renowned and emerging artists, photographers, and sculptors, as well as showcases projects by worldwide academic institutions, all of which are exhibited in the historical venues of Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora and Marinaressa Gardens, located in the heart of the Venetian city during La Biennale di Venezia 2022.

At the sixth edition of the biennial contemporary art exhibition, Personal Structures, the theme of reflections embodies the dual meaning of, on the one hand, a visible episode perceived by the eyes; and, on the other, a mental deed stemming from the action of thinking and pondering with the mind. As envisioned by the ECC curatorial team, the act of reflecting carries the potential to foresee possibilities and the responsibility of imagining a better future.

Akhavanjam, who works with mirror polished stainless steel and bronze, has chosen to show “Conflictus” and “Natura”. While Conflictus addresses the enormous challenges that humans are facing as a result of climate change and the ensuing environmental catastrophes, Natura examines the dichotomy of our personal relationship with the natural world through the form of a dynamically posed, rampant bear.

Conflictus is in two different editions and locations – the monumental version is placed in the Giardini della Marinaressa, whilst the smaller piece is in Palazzo Mora. In these cast, polished stainless steel sculptures, the artist directs our attention to the enormous challenges that humans are facing as a result of climate change and the ensuing environmental catastrophes. Only now are nations taking note of these catastrophes and through these sculptures, Akhavanjam shines a light on the very real conflict with regard to the commitments needed by governments and businesses to control these changes.

Palazzo Bembo is the venue for Akhavanjam’s new work “Natura” which examines the dichotomy of our personal relationship with the natural world. Taking the form of a dynamically posed bear, the work at once forcefully symbolises the beauty, purity and strength of nature.

Akhavanjam’s works explore the struggle for meaningful change in our policies and strategies regarding the maintenance of a stable, habitable planet earth. Ultimately, what is our response on a personal level and what structures are we putting in place?

 

Personal Structures is hosted by The European Cultural Centre (ECC) Italy.

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