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Mexican Pavilion, Mexico at 58th Venice Biennale of Art

The Mexico Pavilion of the Venice Biennale: the artists of the pavilion, the works, the times, the periods, the cost of the tickets and the exhibition venue.

Mexico Pavilion Biennale of Art
Mexican Pavilion at Venice Biennale of Art - Arsenale, Castello - Venice

(Photo: Pablo Vargas Lugo, Acts of God, 2019. Photography: Jéssica Villamil)

Exhibition in progress from 11 May to 24 November 2019

The 58th Biennale of Art will open to the public on 11 May 2019. But starting from a few days before the opening there will be the various openings and side events that always suddenly animate the Venetian artistic life. The title of the 58 edition of the Biennale d'Arte is May You Live In Interesting Times.

79 artists are invited to exhibit at the 58th Venice Biennale of Art, with a prevalence of women. Among them the 2 Italians Ludovica Carbotta and Lara Favaretto. The first will make a site-specific work in Forte Marghera, inside the building known as the Austrian Powder Mill.

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Mexico Pavilion at 58th Biennale Arte of Venice

Title of the Venice Biennale's Mexico Pavilion is Actos de Dios / Acts of God.

Artist: Pablo Vargas Lugo.
Curator: Magalí Arriola.
Commissioner: Gabriela Gil Verenzuela.
Seat: Arsenale

Press Release Mexico Pavilion of 58th Venice Biennale of Art

Acts of God, by artist Pablo Vargas Lugo, utilizes cinematographic language to reflect on the concept of faith as a religious belief and about the ways in which our convictions are represented—if not distorted and manipulated—by political discourse and the social imaginary.

This project, curated by Magalí Arriola, establishes a dialogue with the curatorial concept of the Biennale Arte 2019, “May you live in interesting times,” to examine how we gauge our actions and how we establish a connection between the natural world and geological time, and to question the origins of our moral choices, and our inherited values such as the idea of redemption.

In Vargas Lugo’s own words, “Acts of God is a work that becomes very relevant in a situation in which there is a greater prominence of religious belief in the public sphere, and in which religious discourse has become a privileged marker of identity to justify nationalist and sectarian positions.”

The work comprises two films of different durations (approximately twenty minutes each) that, much like two gears, interlock by means of shared iconic elements that appear in different order in each film and thus produce different narrative sequences. The film was shot in Cuatrociénegas, a natural reserve in the state of Coahuila. This location highlights the wealth of Mexico’s biodiversity and our need to preserve it.

Pablo Vargas Lugo (b. 1968) studied visual arts at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, part of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). In his work he uses elements from various disciplines such as astronomy, cartography, archeology, and science fiction. Through drawings, sculptures, paintings, installations and videos, he creates conceptual games that, often with the use of humor, address topics such as language, social conventions and millenary traditions.

The opening of the 58th International Art Exhibition will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Acts of God will be on view at the The Arsenale’s Sale d’Armi until November 24.

The exhibition catalogue is a collaboration between Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Litteratura (INBAL) and Mousse Publishing, designed by Estudio Herrera.

Hours: Gardens from 10.00 to 18.00. Arsenale from 10.00 to 18.00 (from 10.00 to 20.00 on Friday and Saturday until September 30th). Closed on Mondays (except May 13, September 2, November 18).
Tickets: please visit the official website. On the web € 21.50 until 31 March 2019.
Phone: +39.041.5218711; fax +39.041.5218704
Web: Biennale of Venice

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