La Biennale di Venezia, Meetings on Art
The Milk of Dreams curated by Cecilia Alemani

Adrien Sina | Feminine Futures
Performance, Dance, War, Politics & Feminism
War | Oppression | Dystopia
War Crime Memorial

Curating from Feminist Perspectives, Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, 11.06.2022
Conversation between Andrea Giunta, Adrien Sina, Clarissa Ricci

 

I share with Cecilia Alemani a fascination for radical female artists of 1910-1930s such as Valentine de Saint-Point, Enif Angelini Robert, Giannina Censi, Mary Wigman who are all in Feminine Futures and The Milk of Dreams. Their way of questioning the psychology of desire, the birth of performance & dance as a new artistic discipline, the mutations of civilisation, have no equivalent in the history of male art. Their dances of war and trauma, their innovative war diaries or political activism anticipated a long history of artists' replies to war and oppression: Jo Mihaly, Julia Marcus, Martha Graham, Myra Kinch, Anna Sokolow, Pauline Koner, Yoko Ono...


Adrien Sina : La Biennale di Venezia 2022 / Meetings on Art / Feminine Futures

Adrien Sina : La Biennale di Venezia 2022 / Meetings on Art / Feminine Futures

Adrien Sina : La Biennale di Venezia 2022 / Meetings on Art / Feminine Futures

Adrien Sina : La Biennale di Venezia 2022 / Meetings on Art / Feminine Futures

Adrien Sina : La Biennale di Venezia 2022 / Meetings on Art / Feminine Futures

Adrien Sina : La Biennale di Venezia 2022 / Meetings on Art / Feminine Futures

Adrien Sina : La Biennale di Venezia 2022 / Meetings on Art / Feminine Futures

Adrien Sina : La Biennale di Venezia 2022 / Meetings on Art / Feminine Futures

Adrien Sina : La Biennale di Venezia 2022 / Meetings on Art / Feminine Futures

 

War Crime Memorial
Fragmented Portable Monument

Adrien Sina, Venice, 22.04.2022

 

Adrien Sina : La Biennale di Venezia 2022 / Meetings on Art / Feminine Futures

Adrien Sina : La Biennale di Venezia 2022 / Meetings on Art / Feminine Futures

Adrien Sina : La Biennale di Venezia 2022 / Meetings on Art / Feminine Futures


War Crime Memorial
Fragmented Portable Monument

This temporary portable monument is a conceptual displacement project made of 12 military ammunition crates filled with destruction debris from Ukraine's cities attacked by Russian weapons. They are collected evidence of Russian war crimes and massacres in Ukraine, a tragic demonstration of what innocent civilians had and still have to undergo. The sides of the crates are marked in military stencil font with the name of the targeted cities: Bucha, Kramatorsk, Mariupol, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Donetsk, Luhansk, Izyum, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhya, Chernihiv, Sumy, Borodzianka...

The memorial is conceived to be placed in front of the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2022, it can also be transported to other venues such as Russian Embassy gates. The crates are displayed in a square occupying a surface of 2.10 x 2.10 m on the strip of grass separating the alley Viale Trento from the entrance area of the Russian Pavilion in the Giardini.

Juridically, this neutral location is not on the territory of the Russian Pavilion nor on the alley which has its own security regulations. In order to bypass any Russian objections, it can be considered as a gardening arrangement with flower boxes. Blue and yellow flowers will be laid on the memorial during a performative session alongside with debris of Tyulpan mortar shells, ballistic or airstrike missiles, and internationally banned cluster or thermobaric weapons.

The monument is horizontal as opposed to the verticality of totalitarian power: 8 open crates, 4 closed, its highest point is at 69 cm of the grass level, the superimposition of 3 crates.
Every day, the equivalent in power of one Hiroshima atom bomb is thrown on Ukraine by Russian troops. The level of inhuman violence is so high that it is ethically impossible to remain passive. This portable monument, as a reminder of the reality that they attempt to conceal, should be placed wherever Russian power has an official portal in the West.

Adrien Sina, 22.04.2022





Curating from Feminist Perspectives, Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, 11.06.2022
Conversation between Andrea Giunta, Adrien Sina, Clarissa Ricci

La Biennale di Venezia / Venice BiennaleChannel:

https://youtu.be/mTzGkyjDdjg

Time codes of Adrien Sina's interventions:

main talk: 0:51:31 - 1:14:00
question 1: 1:32:13 - 1:33:47
question 2: 1:41:56 - 1:42:55
question 3: 1:49:31 - 1:55:55
question 4: 2:00:29 - 2:02:02


© Adrien Sina