Project Description



The guts, as one of the inscrutable elements of the future, repository of feelings and unexplainable truths are at the center of this section. This is a section that challenges the notion that knowledge exists only as and is privilege of patriarchy and that the emotive unexplainable insight of women is outside the remits of rational and scientific thought. It brings back from the periphery into the center the primordial forces of emotive and subconscious understandings which are based on uterus and entrails in juxtaposition to the phallic and cerebral constructs of a failing patriarchal future.

Signs is one of ten 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 ten sections are: Tools for Catching Clouds; Preferring Sinking to Surrender, Part I; Preferring Sinking to Surrender, Part II; Sacred Waters; Le SchiavoneOrthósSeven Veils; Signs; Rehearsaland The Ending of the End. These sections, singularly and collectively, create a complex narrative that responds to this year’s theme 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).

The artist will upload texts, images, and videos until the completion of each section beyond November 21, 2021, the closing date of the Venice Architecture Biennale. If you wish to receive updates as the works of art unfold, please subscribe to the newsletter.