Project Description

“BLESSED ARE YOU WHO SPEAK ABOUT LIFE AND DEATH WITH THE FIRST WORDS THAT COME TO YOUR LIPS.”

THE HAWKS AND THE SPARROWS, PIER PAOLO PASOLINI

Sacred Waters is one of five sections of Lanfranco Aceti’s installation titled Preferring Sinking to Surrender which was conceived by the artist for the Italian Pavilion, Resilient Communities, curated by Alessandro Melis for the Venice Architecture Biennale, 2021. The five sections are: Tools for Catching Clouds; Preferring Sinking to Surrender, Part I; Preferring Sinking to Surrender, Part II; Sacred Waters; and OrthósThese sections (singularly and collectively) create a complex narrative that responds to this year’s theme of How Will We Live Together? set by Hashim Sarkis, curator of the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale. 

The works of art — realized as a series of performances and sculptural, video, and painting contributions — are part of the installation at the Italian Pavilion from May 21, 2021, to November 21, 2021, (the opening and closing dates of the Venice Architecture Biennale).

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