ITALIAN PAVILION IN THE WORLD – HELSINKI
54th VENICE BIENNALE 2011

AN EXHIBITION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ITALIAN INSTITUTE OF CULTURE IN HELSINKI, THE ITALIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND THE ITALIAN MINISTRY OF CULTURAL HERITAGE AND ACTIVITIES

This year’s Venice Art Biennale (June 4th – November 27th, 2011) focuses on specific themes related to the perception and transcription of light, light as one of the strongest medium artists choose for their research. General curator Ms. Bice Curiger suggested the title ILLUMInations, to stimulate artists from all over the world to reflect on their identities as well as on their relation with the viewer.
Bice Curiger: “ILLUMInations emphasizes the intuitive insight and the illumination of thought that is fostered by an encounter with art and its ability to sharpen the tools of perception. ILLUMInations will focus on the light of the illuminating experience, on the epiphanies that come with intercommunicative, intellectual comprehension. http://www.labiennale.org/en/art/exhibition/curiger/
The curator of the Italian pavilion Mr. Vittorio Sgarbi has chosen to interpret Curiger’s challenge showing the Italian pavilion in each world’s capital city, in conjunction with the Venice Biennale, under the name of ITALIAN PAVILION IN THE WORLD.
After a public selection the Italian artist Egle Oddo (photography and site specific), Italian architect Erika De Martino (photography and site specific), and Finnish artist Hannu Palosuo (painting), have been selected to represent Italy during the display in Helsinki.

The exhibition in Helsinki will be hosted in three venues which house selected work by all three artists:

• Jukka Male Museum, Kaapelitehdas, Tallberginkatu 1B, 2nd floor.
Opening: June 9th from 18:00 to 20:00.
Exhibition from June 10th to August 31st.

• Lasipalatsi, Bio Rex lobby, Mannerheimintie 22-24, 2nd floor.
Opening ceremony with authorities: June 14th from 18:00 to 20:00.
Exhibition from June 15th to November 27th.

• Akateeminen Kirjakauppa, Pohjoisesplanadi 39.
Opening: September 2nd from 17:00 to 20:00
Exhibition from September 3rd to September 30th.

Egle Oddo
(Palermo, 1975) began to develop her interest in visual art since 1993. She was involved in the art collective La Sala Naranja, Valencia, Spain. Since 2006 she has lived and worked in Helsinki, where she is one of the founders of Namastic Art Collective (together with Toni Ledentsa and Virva Sointu) and LARU Environmental Art Association (together with Anu Miettinen and Nastia Eliseeva), both non-profit organizations active across Europe. Egle Oddo’s artwork focuses on narrative as an art form.
Recent exhibitions: II Baltic Biennale, St. Petersburg 2010, Club Transmediale, Berlin 2010, Loop Barcelona 2007 and 2008. Archivio Casorati Prize in 1999.
http://boringfilms.com/; www.luova.fi

Erika De Martino
(Padua, 1975), architect, lives and works in Helsinki.
Her photographs have been displayed in Russia (II Baltic Biennale, St.Petersburg 2010), Finland, Italy and China.
Her research focuses on the relationships between man and landscape, nature and architecture. Working with the overlapping of different visual levels through translucent/transparent print supports, she investigates new dynamics of the photographic image perception and interaction by the observer.
www.erikademartino.com

Hannu Palosuo
(Helsinki, 1966) lives and works between Finland and Rome. He has collaborated as a stage designer for La Fenice Theatre in Venice and other important theatres in Italy. He has exhibited his artwork at the International Exhibition of Sculpture in Rome, the 12th Biennale of Cairo, the 53rd Venice Biennale, the Durini Foundation in Milan, Heinola Art Museum in Finland, Sojoh University Museum in Japan, Herbergenmuseum Mnchen, Museo Zorrilla Montevideo, Galleria De Crescenzo & Viesti in Rome, Alex Gallery in Washington DC and Galleria Uusitalo Helsinki.

Thanks to: Lasipalatsi Mediakeskus, Bio Rex, Akteeminen Kiriakauppa, Jukka Male Museum, Hartemisia, Krista Mikkola, ArtShortCut

Sponsored by: Arazzo, Aletta, Luova.fi Gallery, Sigurd Frosterus Foundation