ART CONVERSATIONS – David Claerbout / Palazzo Grassi

David Claerbout, Oil workers (from the Shell company of Nigeria) returning home from work, caught in torrential rain, 2013
Pinault Collection
Courtesy the artist and Yvon Lambert, Paris
© David Claerbout by SIAE 2014

 

On Thursday, December 11th at 6pm, the third meeting of the new series of ART CONVERSATIONS in collaboration with Palazzo Grassi will take place with a talk between artist David Claerbout and Philippe-Alain Michaud, curator at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Thierry Davila, curator at the Mamco, Geneva, at the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi.

David Claerbout was born in 1969 in Kortrijk, Belgium. Throughout his career, David Claerbout has consistently experimented with a broad variety of techniques and media, including video, photography, sound, digital art and video installations. His works often make the audience vividly aware of the passage of time. By digitally manipulating images, the artist eliminates the line separating photography and video, between what is spontaneous and what is artificially built.

In the exhibition The Illusion of Light David Claerbout presents the video Oil workers (from the Shell company of Nigeria) returning home from work, caught in torrential rain (2013). The work represents a group of Nigerian workers gathers under a bridge, seeking shelter from the monsoon. Using 3D techniques, Claerbout contrasts the stillness of the workers with the movement of water, highlighting two of his protagonists’ primary, vital concerns: water, in a continent that suffers from a dramatically dry climate; and oil, source of income for some and of abuse for others.

The conversation will be held in French, with simultaneous translation into Italian, and will be streamed live on NERO’s website at 6pm.

David Claerbout, Oil workers (from the Shell company of Nigeria) returning home from work, caught in torrential rain, 2013
Pinault Collection
Courtesy the artist and Yvon Lambert, Paris
© David Claerbout by SIAE 2014

 

Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi – Campo San Samuele, Venezia
Thursday 11 December 2014 at 6:00pm