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Discover more about Personal Structures and the artists showcased in this year’s edition by browsing through exhibition news, insightful articles, conversations with participants, video interviews, and more.

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02 August 2022

Where art and spirituality meet: An exploration of the numinous at Personal Structures

Spirituality has many different definitions in our world. Religious beliefs, faith in a superior power, ancestral practices, appreciation for the mystery in nature, connection with inner beauty. There is not one single interpretation. Time has taught us that spirituality has taken up many different forms and history has shown us that it has been an important feature of humankind. But art has been the one to provide us and inspire us with testimonies of those experiences.

In Focus Exhibition

29 July 2022

The beauty and confidence of Blackness

Embracing the identity and memory of African-American history and empowerment through an artistic lens at the European Cultural Centre

In Focus Exhibition

21 July 2022

The femininity we choose by Maria Pavlovska

The idea of femininity has inspired and triggered various of the most important artistic and literary creations in the history of mankind. Either as an idealised concept or a notion subject to change with social and cultural movements, the concept has evolved and sparked multiple reflections. Artist Maria Pavlovska pays attention to the continuous redefinition of femininity throughout history and reveals her insights in the video-project installation "Mrs. & Ms. X'' at Palazzo Mora.

Conversation Participants

18 July 2022

Removing the curtain of beauty with Chandraguptha Thenuwara

While attending Personal Structures in Venice, Dr. Sanjana Hattotuwa had the chance to speak with Prof. Chandraguptha Thenuwara, one of Sri Lanka’s most renowned artists about his work 'Covert' at Palazzo Mora. Being this an extraordinary honour for a Sri Lankan artist, Dr. Sanjana Hattotuwa and artist Thenuwara engaged in a conversation about the meaning and reflections of this installation.

Conversation Participants

22 June 2022

Green Sofa Gallery and the intimate resurrection of Ukraine by Petro Smetana

In the Armenian street, right in the heart of the centre of mediaeval Lviv, rises a building that once used to be a tribunal but today has a completely different setting. This particular structure is the Green Sofa Gallery, one of the most renowned art galleries in Ukraine that has joined the Personal Structures exhibition with Resurrection, an installation by Ukrainian artist Petro Smetana at Palazzo Mora.

Conversation Participants

22 June 2022

Patrick Laumond introduces MetaHism: A work of universal reality

For the first time, Laumond has joined the European Cultural Centre for the sixth edition of Personal Structures. He arrives at this show with many experiences on his back. Exhibitions in Switzerland, Belgium and France; as well as group shows in galleries across the United States, Austria, Strasbourg and many more. For 2022, he adds a stop in Venice to take part in ECC’s exhibition with one of his most iconic works.

Conversation Participants

18 June 2022

Conveying the invisible truths through art with Wantian Cui

Wantian Cui has loved art since he was child and ever since aspired to become a painter. At the age of nine, he won a painting contest and already in high school he held his first art exhibition. Due to family circumstances and other factors, he was essentially self-taught by learning a great deal of Chinese and Western art achievements more widely and freely, breaking away from Soviet art teaching style in Chinese art schools which he was not heavily influenced by. As an undergraduate, he majored in literature and afterwards, by sliver of hope, decided to switch to economics, where he earned a PhD and became an economics professor. Meet Wantian Cui and read about his story.

Conversation Participants

16 June 2022

Yoshiaki Suito and the eagerness to capture the world

An intimate photographic installation on the artist's travels through different countries, now available at the third floor of Palazzo Mora in Venice, Italy

Conversation Participants

17 May 2022

Carrie Able at the intersection of fine art and immersive technology

In 2021, American artist Carrie Able and the European Cultural Centre started a conversation about a creative collaboration that today, over a year later, has flourished and resulted into a stunning installation present at Palazzo Bembo as part of the contemporary art exhibition Personal Structures - Reflections, organised and hosted by the ECC in Venice, Italy.

Conversation Participants

11 May 2022

Hacking the QR code for a sustainable future

In the last few years, the QR code has become a ubiquitous tool and the ultimate symbol of commercial transactions. It is instantaneous, mercantile, quantitative, digital and anonymous. It has become a normality in our lives and often it passes unnoticed. But for Argentinean visual artist Elisa Insua there was an opportunity in the mundane, a chance to shift expectations and to refocus on what is important.

In Focus Participants

10 May 2022

Sharing Perama: Conveying Art into Public Space

Starting from a local scale initiative, the Sharing Perama project introduces to the international audience of the exhibition Personal Structures - Reflections the emerging presentation Sharing Perama - Sharing Art, curated by Barbara Polla and Dominique Fiat, featuring works from artists Robert Montgomery, Marios Fournaris, and the duo Christos Panagos and Charalambos Margaritis.

Conversation Participants

04 May 2022

Sandra Cattaneo Adorno Reflects on the Relationship Between Photography and Memory

After taking up photography at the age of 60 in 2013, Sandra Cattaneo Adorno is embarking on a new chapter in life. At a time when many people her age are beginning to slow down, Cattaneo Adorno is creating a new path as an older woman in a culture that venerates youth.

In Focus Participants

03 May 2022

THEO and three: Woojin Kim, Chae Rimm and Lookha

Historically known as a cultural epicentre, Venice is the perfect setting for cultural and artistic exchange. It provides a unique opportunity for artists and creative minds from all fields to converse and grow further. This is what pulled [THEO], a contemporary art gallery from Seoul in Korea, to attend the 6th edition of Personal Structures, and who has come all the way to Venice representing the three artists Woojin Kim, Chae Rimm, and Lookha. A conversation with the gallery director, Hyunmin Kim, sheds light on the unique installations and the involvement of THEO at the Venetian exhibition.

Conversation Participants

03 May 2022

MESOZOIC. Let's start over!

The installation is the 4th collaboration between Ellen Nash and Georgii Uvs with the distinctive feature of the search for truth, the study of the existence, always with a philosophical beginning.

In Focus Participants

03 May 2022

The Personal Structures art biennial exhibition opens the doors of its 6th edition

The European Cultural Centre has launched the sixth edition of Personal Structures, the biennial contemporary art exhibition that will be open between the 23rd of April and will run until the 27th of November, 2022, in the city of Venice. The ECC is delighted to celebrate the exhibition’s opening and welcome everyone to its venues.

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