Christine Macel, the curator of the 57th International Art Exhibition, explains her project as follows:
Today, in a world full of conflicts and shocks, art bears witness to the most precious part of what makes us human. Art is the ultimate ground for reflection, individual expression, freedom, and for fundamental questions. (…) The role, the voice and the responsibility of the artist are more crucial than ever before within the framework of contemporary debates. It is in and through these individual initiatives that the world of tomorrow takes shape, which though surely uncertain, is often best intuited by artists than others.
Viva Arte Viva is an exclamation, a passionate outcry for art and the state of the artist. Viva Arte Viva is a Biennale designed with the artists, by the artists and for the artists. It deals with the forms they propose, the questions they pose, the practices they develop and the ways of life they choose.
Image: Andy Hope 1930, Gooey 1-Eye, 2017, Installation View, ‘Viva Arte Viva’, 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia
Photo: David Levene 2017