A SORT OF MANIFESTO

BY ANETTA MONA CHISA & LUCIA TKACOVA

It is surely a challenging discourse for everyone set to dedicate her/his life to working as artist today. We have a statement which we find suited to this topic, a sort of manifesto from 2011, about what an exhibition should be and shouldn’t be in our opinion. It was related to the Venice Biennale from the same year (Romanian pavilion) where we listed on its facade reasons to both be and not be part of such a famous (and at the same time infamous) art event.

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© Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova

 

Mural on the facade of the Romanian Pavilion in Giardini di Castello, Venezia (2011). Photo credit: Eduard Constantin

Mural on the facade of the Romanian Pavilion in Giardini di Castello, Venezia (2011). Photo credit: Eduard Constantin

80:20

The equilibrium of the universe lies in the paradox that most things in life are not distributed evenly and the „just“ balance of things, the 50:50 ratio does not exist. Following the Pareto Principle (80:20), we trace this asymmetry by commenting on the mission, structure and potency of the institution of Venice Biennale. We confront 80% of reasons to be in the Venice Biennale with 20% of reasons why not to be there. The slippery aspect of these lists is that the reasons „against“ can be seen as the reasons „pro“ and vice versa. In these listings we want to speak out for ourselves as artists, but also to tackle the conscience of the depraved art world. Furthermore we intend to create a situation of solidarity (with both those included and not-included in the Biennale), to uncover the skeletons of the power structures, to form a Temporary Autonomous Zone, to confess without expecting absolution. And, after all we want to pussify this choking-on-money mercantilist fossil.

© Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova