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La Biennale di Venezia

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Julie Mehretu

1970, Ethiopia


  • Arsenale
    TUE - SUN
    10 AM - 6 PM

    FRI - SAT UNTIL 5 OCTOBER
    10 AM - 8 PM

    Giardini
    TUE - SUN
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Central Pavilion / Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Earlier canvases by Julie Mehretu referred to maps, architectural diagrams, and urban-planning grids; the artist used an array of vectors and notations that gestured towards global mobilities – as well as global inequities. They are dizzyingly complex and masterful in their use of scale and negative space; they convey a feeling of velocity. In her latest paintings, she embraces a different type of disorientation, producing works in which airbrushed strokes and screen-printed elements are added and erased, invoking a sense of dissipation and loss. Though the details of the underpaintings – based on photographs of a migrant detention centre in Texas, the burned Grenfell Tower in London, and a rally for the far-right Brazilian politician Jair Bolsonaro, for instance – are no longer available to the viewer as pictorial information, this source imagery still has the capacity to register on an emotional level, setting the tone for the completed painting.

Central Pavilion / Arsenale

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