Commissioner: Maria Arusoo, Centre of Contemporary Arts of Estonia.
Curators: Andrew Berardini, Irene Campolmi, Sarah Lucas, Tamara Luuk.
Exhibitor: Kris Lemsalu.
Venue: c/o Legno & Legno, Giudecca 211
Birth V. For the Estonian Pavilion, Lemsalu gathers sculptural phantoms and disparate collaborators into an installation that gives birth to a world of shamanic force, visionary weirdness, and collective revival. While in earlier works Lemsalu engaged with the topic of death, for this exhibition she’s more concerned with life – although death wears a carnival mask in Venice anyway.
A punk pagan trickster feminist sci-fi shaman, Kris Lemsalu gathers together both collected and crafted objects into totemic sculptures and hallucinatory environments, animated with performances by the artist and her coterie of collaborators. For the Biennale Arte 2019, Lemsalu channels the city of Venice as a living creature, perpetually decadent and yet endlessly revived.