Featuring works by 32 contemporary artists, “Aqua – Contemporary artists and water issues” opens this Wednesday, March 22nd—not coincidentally, the World Water Day—in two Genevian venues: Île Rousseau and Château de Penthes. Curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg, the exhibition was conceived to raise public awareness of the notion of interdependence, essential to the conservation of our environment and to the future of our planet. After all, when water is under menace, so too are all forms of life on Earth.
Amongst the participating artists, two have already been nominated to PIPA Prize: Jonathas de Andrade, finalist in 2011, presenting “O Peixe”, and Marcelo Moscheta, Popular Vote Exhibition Winner in 2010, showcasing “A Line in the Arctic”. A third Brazilian artist also takes part in the show, the sole exhibitor of the Île Rousseau venue. Born in São Paulo 1974, Eduardo Srur has placed “Hora da onça beber água”, which consists on an oversized inflatable jaguar, in the middle of the Rhône River, in the center of Geneva. The positioning of the installation allows for thousands of people to see it daily until the end of May, bringing attention to one of the most beloved of Brazilian fauna, now in danger of extinction.
“Aqua – Contemporary artists and water issues” is on view at Château de Penthes until July 2nd, 2017. Following Geneva, the exhibition will be presented in a new edition at SESC Belenzinho, in São Paulo, Brazil, from November 2017 to February 2018, and continue its itinerary to other continents in 2018.
“Aqua – Contemporary artists and water issues”, group show featuring Omar Ba, Nigol Bezjian, Clemente Bicocchi, Stefano Boccalini, Alighiero Boetti, Benji Boyadgian, Jonathas de Andrade, Silvie Defraoui, Michel Favre, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Francesco Jodice, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Shin Il Kim, Alexander Kosolapov, Iseult Labote, Salomé Lamas, Marcello Maloberti, Andrea Marescalchi, Carlos Montani, Marcelo Moscheta, Stéphanie Nava, Luca Pancrazzi, Dan Perjovschi, George Pusenkoff, Shimabuku, Eduardo Srur, Barthélémy Toguo, Maria Tsagkari, Velu Viswanadhan, Gal Weinstein and Vasilis Zografos
Curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg
On view from March 23rd to May 31st (Île Rousseau venue) and July 2nd (Château de Penthes venue)
Château de Penthes
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