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Pavilion of IILA, the Italo-Latin American Institute: Warp and Weft
(Press release by IILA)

Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti - Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti
San Marco 2842
12 June - 6 November, 2005
Opening times: from Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Commissioner/Curator: Irma Arestizábal
Additional Commissioner: Alessandra Bonanni
Installations: Paola Pisanelli

Warp and Weft

Thanks to its continuity over time and the large range of aspects it covers, the Venice Biennale is one of the most important contemporary art exhibitions in the world, an event of fundamental importance in the visual arts panorama.

In its varied and many sided project to increase awareness of Latin American culture in the world, IILA, the Italo-Latin American Institute, has invited sixteen of the best-known artists from its twelve member countries to exhibit in its pavilion at this year's Biennale:
Joaquín Sánchez, Guiomar Mesa (Bolivia) , Gonzalo Díaz (Chile), Juan Manuel Echavarría, Oswaldo Macià, Oscar Muñoz (Colombia), Cecilia Paredes, Jaime David Tischler (Costa Rica), Los Carpinteros (Cuba), Luis Paredes (El Salvador), Luis González Palma (Guatemala), Maksaens Denis (Haiti), Donna Conlon (Panama) , Mónica González (Paraguay), Luz María Bedoya (Peru), Polibio Díaz (Dominican Republic).

Taking account of the guidelines set for the 51st visual arts Biennale by the curators, María del Corral and Rosa Martinez, the theme chosen for the IILA pavilion is Warp and Weft. The venue is Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti on the Canal Grande, one of Venice's most intriguing palaces from the 1400s, restored in 1886 by Camillo Boito.

Warp and Weft - weaving schemes and textures as well as cloth. A title sufficiently open and stimulating to embrace different approaches in which the spectator can enter a dialogue with a variety of beliefs and symbols: with urban and cultural landscapes, fears and anxieties, drama and violence; with the poetry of objects and everyday life, beauty, creativity, humour; above all, with Latin America's art.

With the contribution of the Cultural Center of Inter-American Development Bank

Co-curators of the selections in their respective countries:
Bolivia – Cecilia Bayá Botti; Chile – Antonio Arévalo; Peru – Jorge Villacorta.

Istituto Italo-Latino Americano
Palazzo Santacroce - Piazza Benedetto Cairoli 3
00186 Roma Italia
Tel.: 0039 06 68492.1
Fax: 0039 06 6872834

Press Office: Tel. 0039 06 68492209; e-mail: stampa@iila.org
Cultural Department : 0039 06 68492246 – 203; e-mail: s.culturale@iila.org


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