PCAI Collection Artists

at the 59th Venice Biennale

PCAI is happy to announce that PCAI collection artists Sophia Al-Maria, Wu Tsang, Loukia Alavanou and Sidsel Meineche Hansen will be participating in this year’s Venice Biennale. Loukia Alavanou will represent Greece through her exhibition On the Road to Colonus in the Greek Pavilion. Sophia Al-Maria, Wu Tsang and Sidsel Meineche Hansenhe are participating in the 59th International Art Exhibition, entitled The Milk of Dreams. Curated by Cecilia Alemani the exhibition opens at the Giardini and the Arsenale from Saturday 23 April to Sunday 27 November. The event’s main exhibition focuses on three thematic areas in particular: the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses; the relationship between individuals and technologies; the connection between bodies and the Earth.


The Milk of Dreams takes its title from a book by Leonora Carrington (1917–2011), as Cecilia Alemani stated, in which the Surrealist artist describes a magical world where life is constantly re-envisioned through the prism of the imagination. It is a world where everyone can change, be transformed, become something or someone else. The Milk of Dreams takes Leonora Carrington’s otherworldly creatures, along with other figures of transformation, as companions on an imaginary journey through the metamorphoses of bodies and definitions of the human. This exhibition is grounded in many conversations with artists held in the last few years. The questions that kept emerging from these dialogues seem to capture this moment in history when the very survival of the species is threatened, but also to sum up many other inquiries that pervade the sciences, arts, and myths of our time. How is the definition of the human changing? What constitutes life, and what differentiates plant and animal, human and non-human? What are our responsibilities towards the planet, other people, and other life forms? And what would life look like without us?


Image: © Felipe Baeza. Courtesy of the Artist and Maureen Paley, London

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