|Noeleen Kleve at the CAS meeting|
She called these events the Olympics of Art and the audience was treated to some showstopping pieces that proved the observation.
|Noeleen Kleve in Venice|
|Map of Venice showing Biennale exhibition spaces (red and green)|
There are 2 main venues that can easily take up 8 hours each to work your way through all the stunning art pieces. The 2017 Biennale was categorised into 9 pavilions and Noeleen shared examples of work from each pavilion, which included historical and new pieces from local, regional and international artists, highlighting some recognisable South African artists like Liza Lou and African artists like Abdoulaye Konaté. Note: Both these artists have work displayed at the recently opened Norval Foundation Art Museum in Tokai.
|Liz Lou’s collaborative work “The Clouds”. 600 beaded cloths woven by Zulu women.|
|Clay bowls with tapered end pinched to resemble a mouth-like form.|
|1000 acrylic colours painted on a wall (Venice)|
The Sydney Biennale was the 21st one and the curator was from Japan. The theme was “Superposition” and the incredible contemporary art pieces were presented across 7 venues in the city. Noeleen showed artworks on display, as well as shots from the adjoined Vivid Sydney event, which involved projections onto various buildings, including the Sydney Opera House.
|Sydney Opera House - Still of Video Projection|
|Indigenous Australian artist Esmeralda Timbery|
|Noeleen's personal workspace in the “residents’ room” at Scuola di Grafica|
Noeleen once again encouraged the audience to do an artist residency to further develop their artist voice. She suggested the following website for available opportunities - http://www.resartis.org/en/
Words: Lizzie Kruger