Julien Creuzet @ Venice Biennale #24

The artist revealed his Venice commission at a garden site with strong ties to his work: the former residence of philosopher Édouard Glissant.

The Artist Julien Creuzet, whose captivating commission Algorithm ocean true blood moves premiered at Performa Biennial 2023, is making waves once again as he embarks on a new endeavor: representing France at this year’s Venice Biennale. Creuzet insisted the project launch in Martinique, the French Antilles island of his upbringing, rather than in Paris. The artist announced his Venice commission on garden grounds with rich connections to his practice: the former home of philosopher Édouard Glissant whose theories have long threads through Creuzet’s art.

Performa @ Venice Biennial 2024

OPENING: 5:15 pm on Wednesday, April 17, 2024
French Pavilion (Giardini)

Cloud cloudy glory doodles on the leaves pages, memory slowly the story redness sadness bloody redness on the skin (still), 2020, hd video animation, colour, sound, 12 min. © the artist

A nod to Négritude – the anticolonial movement founded by Glissant and his contemporaries in the 1930s – Creuzet’s site selection for his announcement speaks to his practice of intertwining personal narratives with histories of nationalization and displacement.  „There are also secrets in this work […] not everything is immediately perceptible or translated for the viewer,“ writes Skye Arundhati Thomas for ArtReview’s recent feature on the artist.

The Previous Performa Biennial alums

Lap-See Lam (Swedish Pavilion Without Walls, Performa 19) is representing Sweden at the Nordic Countries Pavilion (Giardini) with Kholod Hawash and Tze Yeung Ho.

William Kentridge (Performa 09 and 17) will premiere his new work Self-Portrait as a Coffee Pot at Arsenale Institute for the Politics of Representation (Castello 1430/A, Riva dei Sette Martiri, 30122 Venice), which opens on Wednesday, April 17th. Later in the summer, Algorithm ocean true blood moves will be staged in Amsterdam by our co-commissioners Hartwig Art Foundation on June 29-30 at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet’s Studio Boekman. Tickets will soon be on sale herePerforma is a non-profit organization.

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Image credit:  Julien Creuzet, Algorithm ocean true blood moves,  Performa Commission for the Performa Biennial 2023. Courtesy of the artist and Performa. (2023). Photo by Buffy. 
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