59th International Art Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia
UNCOMBED, UNFORSEEN, UNCONSTRAINED by Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello
April 23 – November 27, 2022
Parasol unit will present Uncombed, Unforeseen, Unconstrained, a group exhibition of works by eleven international contemporary visual artists at the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello in Venice for the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia from 23 April – 27 November 2022.
The artists, Darren Almond, Oliver Beer, Rana Begum with Hyetal, Julian Charrière, David Claerbout, Bharti Kher, Arghavan Khosravi, Teresa Margolles, Si On, Martin Puryear, and Rayyane Tabet, all work in different media to address a wide range of issues dealing with a deep concern for our world and a preoccupation with a comparable phenomenon that in scientific terms is defined as ‘entropy’, which is the measure of disorder, randomness, and unpredictability within a system. The exhibition brings together diverse and thought-provoking works and includes some interdisciplinary collaboration between music and visual art.
In their practices, these artists have independently identified and poignantly responded to various unfavorable phenomena that over recent decades have gradually reached a level of overwhelming significance in our day-to-day life, environment, and within our social and collective history. Many of the issues – such as environmental pollution, global warming, racism, political activism, health hazards, uncontrolled globalization, unregulated digitalization, excess and waste, widespread greed, a rampant thirst for power, and the disproportionate accumulation of wealth – are largely due to the activities of Earth’s own inhabitants, which are seriously threatening life on the planet and putting at risk even a minimum requirement for peace and harmony in the world.
Understood within the second law of thermodynamics, entropy became known to us thanks to the research of physicist Rudolf Clausius (1822-1888), who in 1865 introduced the concept to the scientific world. One particularity of entropy is that it can reach a dangerous level when external conditions, such as temperature, pressure, and information overload continue to increase over time. Under such circumstances, the molecules within a system become sufficiently animated to act freely and unpredictably, and thereby cause chaos and irreversible impairment.
Looking back at the history of humanity and its activities within our environment, we realize that the level of entropy has never been as high as we experience it today, which does not reflect well on us. We, the residents of this world, seem to have been slowly but surely plundering Earth’s natural resources almost to a point of no return, without accountability or taking responsibility for the damage and its repair. In doing so, we have endangered the well-being and survival of all living species. The exhibiting artists, despite their heightened awareness of and critical stance towards the enormous harm being done to our planet by we humans, all strive with acuity and unbiased minds to highlight some of the substantial problems in the hope of re-opening a door to the future. Curated by Ziba Ardalan, Founder, Artistic, and Executive Director of Parasol unit, the exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive full-color publication and limited editions by the artists.