The official Azerbaijan Pavilion for the 56th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2015.
Vita Vitale (Vital Life) considers how human activity impacts upon the delicate balance of our planet’s ecosystem, and the repercussions for our future survival. Illuminating the ways in which we have transformed the planet, the exhibition explores the effects of plastic pollutants, mass consumerism, climate change, depleting resources, deteriorating landscapes, rising sea levels, and endangered species. While some of the exhibition’s artists and scientists directly address environmental concerns, others do so more laterally. However, they all challenge us to confront the potential dangers of ignoring the messages conveyed, while simultaneously suggesting creative tools and ideas for change. Vita Vitale is curated by Artwise - Susie Allen, Laura Culpan, Dea Vanagan.
Exhibiting Artists: Edward Burtynsky, Mircea Cantor, Loris Cecchini, Gordon Cheung, Khalil Chishtee, Tony Cragg, Laura Ford, Noémie Goudal, Siobhán Hapaska, Paul Huxley, IDEA Laboratory and Leyla Aliyeva, Chris Jordan with Rebecca Clark and Helena S.Eitel, Tania Kovats, Aida Mahmudova, Sayyora Muin, Jacco Olivier, Julian Opie, Julian Perry, Mike Perry, Bas Princen, Stephanie Quayle, Ugo Rondinone, Graham Stevens, Diana Thater, Andy Warhol, Bill Woodrow, Erwin Wurm, Rose Wylie
Commissioner: Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Baku, Azerbaijan; Created by: IDEA Campaign, supported by SOS – Save Our Species; Exhibition consultant: Emin Mammadov, Art Advisor of the Heydar Aliyev Centre; Italian Coordinator of both Azerbaijan exhibitions: PDG Arte Communications, Carlotta Scarpa; IDEA Laboratory: Rachel Armstrong, ecoLogicStudio, Julian Melchiorri, Mike Perry, Studio Swine; Scientific curator: Professor of Experimental Architecture, Newcastle University and 2010 Senior TED Fellow, Rachel Armstrong; Technical and logistical consultant & coordination: PARTNER Culture+Projects GmbH, Horst Campman; AV technical direction: KS Objectiv, Simeon Corless; Book editor and writer: Dr. Alison Bracker; Press: ARTPRESS – Barbara Green & Wayra Schübel; STUDIO ESSECI – Roberta Barbaro