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Todd Williamson. Processional (Collateral Event) Venice Biennale 2019
09.05.2019 - 24.11.2019

On view during the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture is pleased to announce our participation in the Collateral Events of the 58th La Biennale di Venezia. Todd Williamson’s site-specific installation, which The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has awarded the Pollock Prize for Creativity to Williamson for, illustrates ideas of order and tradition to examine the deep uncertainty and uncontrollable political, social, and cultural movements of our time.

Both the work and concept generated for this installation will draw directly from the environment in which it will be displayed, Chiesa di Santa Maria Della Pietà, in Venice. Occupying the long, narrow chapel located to the side of the church, the space invites a meditative, sequential process of reflection. Drawing from the site’s formal proportions and material richness, the artist has developed a series of works which encourage contemplation, challenge the perceived order of tradition and ask who are our apostles today? What are their roles? Is the influence of today’s perceived Influencers truly inspirational or dangerously dogmatic?

Displayed inside a vaulted passageway, original works of writing will provide moments of pause for deeper contemplation. Through this strategic installation, Williamson encourages a suggested comparison between what we see and what we read. This designed dialogue invites the viewer to reflect upon the connection between reality and perception, between person and personality.

To further stimulate the visitor’s experience, Williamson is collaborating with composer and professor Greg Walter from the University of North Carolina, School of the Performing Arts, to develop a harmonic Nocturne specific to the installation.