Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva to represent Macedonia at 55. Venice Biennale

Project "Skin is Identity and Surface for Projection, Representation of the Soul" by author Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, submitted by the National Gallery of Macedonia (NGM), will represent Republic of Macedonia at the 55. International Art Exhibition "Venice Biennale", held 1 June - 24 November 2013 on theme "The Encyclopedic Palace".

Hadzi-Vasileva (b.1971), who has an M.A. in sculpture from the London Royal College, has taken part at a number of international exhibits.

"The Venice Biennale is one of the oldest and most prestigious European events, an almost continual exhibition and metamorphosis of settings. Artists from all countries worldwide openly communicate, representing their artistic fictions, but at the same time affirming culture and art of the countries they come from", said Culture Minister Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska at Monday's press conference.

The selection committee, comprised of art historians and artists, said Hadzi-Vasileva's project was conceptually comprehensive.

"Her installation is characterized by diverse texture and specific structural content, which belongs to the bio-art of today. In a direct-indirect way, by using lamb net, Hadzi-Vasileva involves visible-invisible living organisms, which makes this project especially significant and compatible with the spirit of the period", said the committee.

NGM custodian Ana Frangovska stressed the project was a multimedia presentation of the 14th-century plague in Europe. It will include a 3D visualization - a video projection over the spreading of the deadly disease on the floor, and sculptures from impregnated skins cut in the form of screens, which will shape an arch.

According to Frangovska, the author often uses organic materials and animal skin as metaphor of the body's fragility.


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