Project Description

“GOD THE FIRST GARDEN MADE, AND THE FIRST CITY, CAIN.”

THE GARDEN, ABRAHAM COWLEY

There is nothing left, but the ruins. But it is over the ruins that things get rebuilt. The arrival of disaster announces the creation of the ruins and the production of something new and that usually happens when conditions change or end. But the end is not a clean affaire. It is a slow process, a transformation that goes on despite the fact that one assumes that the end is a fixed point in time and in space, generally speaking linked to a precise event. The works of art that appear in this section conclude, formally, a complex process that went on for two years. It is a process of doing that has accumulated the research of the past and the present and that concocted an idea of the end that might give birth to a possible future, beyond and as an alternative to the city dwelling of those who bear the mark of Cain.

The Ending of the End 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 EndThese 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, installations, sculptures, 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.