UNITY - European Cultural Centre

Venice Art Biennale — 2022

Presented by European Cultural Centre during the 59th Venice Biennale, UNITY consists of two related site specific installations on the Venetian waterfront - the precious miniature Harmony at Palazzo Bembo facing the Grand Canal and the virtual monument Native Tongue XR in Giardini della Marinaressa on the main promenade. Uniquely personal and universal, these structures ‘speak’ through their symbolic I-forms and ancient stones and gold from Aotearoa NZ, imagining ancestral spirits and alternative states of being, sparking conversations and ideas. Across the waters of Venice, the figures project miniature and otherworldly Island-forms (I.), bridging continents and epochs in the floating city and the biosphere.

Listed by The Art Newspaper in the top exhibitions to visit at the Venice Biennale, European Cultural Centre (ECC) ‘Personal Structures’ is a biennial exhibition drawing 600,000 visitors. The 2022 exhibition presents a selection of artists from across the globe focused on the curatorial theme of Reflections. This year’s exhibition also pays tribute in a special installation at Palazzo Bembo to conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner, a long-time collaborator with ECC.