Photo: Contemporary Spanish Artist, Maria Gonzalez, Invited to Venice Biennale Architecture 2012
Spanish artist Marisa González is one of the few artists invited to participate in the Venice Biennale Architecture.
The Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years in Venice, Italy. The famed Venice Film Festival is part of the Biennale as well and the architecture exhibition is held every seven years.
The director and curator of the Biennale is David Chipperfield and the subject is “Common Ground.”
In the Giardini Central Pavilion, one room will be dedicated to Norman Foster’s HSBC Bank building, which was built in Hong Kong in the early eighties and since then has become a center for various social activities taking place in the city. The room comprises a model and original drawings by Norman Foster, Andreas Gursky’s photograph “Hong Kong Bank” and videos by González.
That building is part of the work of González’s photograph and video project “Female Open Space Invaders” and “Ellas Flipinas”.
In Hong Kong, China, 120,000 Filipina women work as domestic helpers. On their only day off, Sunday, they invade the down town Financial District, where they transform and occupy the streets. They all go down town to join their friends and relatives, at the streets, bridges, parks, plazas, shopping centre, and also the HSBC Hong Kong Bank. They mainly rest, eat, play cards, talk, shop, dance, bank. It is a meeting point, it’s territory where they transport their own habits, culture, and traditions once a week.
They are women that have sacrificed their personal life to give their own family, their children, a better life and education. In some cases they suffer racism, and exploitation.
The 13th International Architecture Exhibition, Common Ground, opens from August 29th to November 25th, 2012 in The Giardini and Arselane in Venice, Italy.