danish pavilion unveils transhuman installation 'we walked the earth' at venice art biennale

danish pavilion unveils transhuman installation 'we walked the earth' at venice art biennale

uffe isolotto’s ‘we walked the earth’ at venice art biennale 2022

 

At the Venice Art Biennale 2022, the Danish pavilion presents the haunting transhuman installation We Walked the Earth created by Uffe Isolotto and curated by Jacob Lillemose. Spread over the entire pavilion, the piece welcomes visitors into a hyperrealistic world where images of Danish pastoral farm life mix with bizarre sci-fi elements, weaving a world of uncertainty. We Walked the Earth showcases a drama of life and death that focuses on a family of three centaurs. Struggling to cope with the challenges of our current ever-changing reality, the centaurs embody a state of turmoil between despair and hope, reflecting the profound ambiguity of today’s world.

danish pavilion unveils transhuman installation 'we walked the earth' at venice art biennale
Uffe Isolotto, We Walked the Earth, Pavilion of Denmark, Biennale Arte, 2022

image courtesy of Ugo Carmeni (also head image) 

 

 

distorted images of danish country life

 

We Walked the Earth by Uffe Isolotto (see more here) transforms the pavilion into a farmhouse-like space paved with field stones, filled with piles of eelgrass and horse manure. Visitors to the Venice Art Biennale 2022 (see more here) are able to traverse the pavilion and discover images reminiscent of an idyllic Danish country lifestyle.

 

Nevertheless, on closer examination, it becomes apparent that all these seemingly familiar elements are, in fact, altered and distorted. The traditional Danish farming tools that lie around within the interior are, in reality, curious reinterpretations. What’s more, in one of the rooms hangs a mutated ham, and unfamiliar species of farm crops are scattered across the rooms, oozing a blue fluid.

danish pavilion unveils transhuman installation 'we walked the earth' at venice art biennale
Uffe Isolotto, We Walked the Earth, Pavilion of Denmark, Biennale Arte, 2022

image courtesy of Ugo Carmeni

 

 

A drama of life and death 

 

Amid these peculiar surroundings, two hyperrealistic centaur sculptures emerge as the protagonists of the installation. Their unusual form serves as a testimony of the dramatic and demanding process they had to endure in order to adapt to the new conditions of our changing world. Their faces, bodies, and hands are noticeably larger than an average human, and their skin is covered in unusual markings. Meanwhile, the same blue fluid that seeps out of the farm crops seems to be sustaining the centaur creatures through tubes, leaving viewers to wonder whether it is a heating agent, a form of nutrition, or a drug.

 

A drama of life and death plays out across the two main rooms of the pavilion. In one room, the male centaur has taken his own life, and can be found hanging from a chain suspended from the ceiling. In the adjacent room, the female centaur is lying on the floor, giving birth to a baby centaur that seems to be of a different hybrid than its parents. Its human hands are transfigured towards something unrecognizable, holding a promise for the future and foreboding hard times, at the same time. 

danish pavilion unveils transhuman installation 'we walked the earth' at venice art biennale
Uffe Isolotto, We Walked the Earth, Pavilion of Denmark, Biennale Arte, 2022

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‘There is a deep uncertainty in understanding what has happened to the centaurs and the world they live in. Is it a tragic or hopeful situation, or perhaps both?’ mentions Uffe Isolotto. ‘Even though the centaurs may not be real, we feel their struggle.’ 

 

‘The present time we live in is becoming increasingly complex and unpredictable as we face a lot of challenging realities, whether ecological, political or existential. There’s much hope and despair in the air, and I want to make that a physical reality with this installation.’ the artist explains. ‘We Walked the Earth also draws on experiences from my personal life that in a metaphorical sense resonate with more universal feelings and thoughts about life and death that I sense exist in the world today.’ he adds.

danish pavilion unveils transhuman installation 'we walked the earth' at venice art biennale
Uffe Isolotto, We Walked the Earth, Pavilion of Denmark, Biennale Arte, 2022

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danish pavilion unveils transhuman installation 'we walked the earth' at venice art biennale
Uffe Isolotto, We Walked the Earth, Pavilion of Denmark, Biennale Arte, 2022

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danish pavilion unveils transhuman installation 'we walked the earth' at venice art biennale
Uffe Isolotto, We Walked the Earth, Pavilion of Denmark, Biennale Arte, 2022

image courtesy of Ugo Carmeni

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project info: 

 

name: We Walked the Earth 

artist:  Uffe Isolotto | @uffeisolotto
in collaboration with: 10 Tons (model of centaurs), Fyns Naturværksted (taxidermy), Thomas Foldberg Studio (humanoid parts), Anne Sofie Madsen (clothing and accessories), Soft Baroque (aluminium structures), Maria Koshenkova (glass works), Ida Hy (resin and silicone works), Christine Bechameil and Marie Søegaard Tarpø (scenic painting) and Line-Gry Hørup (graphic design).
curated by: Jacob Lillemose
location: Pavilion of Denmark, Venice Art Biennale 2022

 

 

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