TBA21–cademy presents Thus waves come in pairs, an exhibition comprising two new commissions launching at Ocean Space in Venice for the 2023 exhibition program, curated by Barbara Casavecchia. The exhibition will feature American-
The title of the exhibition, Thus waves come in pairs, is a line from the poem Sea and Fog by Etel Adnan. It refers to the necessity of thinking with plurality and exchanges, which informed the third edition of TBA21–cademy’ three-
Thus waves come in pairs is an evolution of Barbara Casavecchia’ conception of this site-
Simone Fattal’ installation Sempre il mare, uomo libero, amerai! (Free man, you’l love the ocean endlessly!, after the poem L’omme et la mer by Charles Baudelaire) will inhabit the East Wing of the Church of San Lorenzo, including two empty niches of its Baroque altar, with a group of monumental ceramic and glass sculptures created for the occasion. Among them, the figures of Máya and her lover Ghaylá— couple celebrated in classic Arab poetry, as well as in folktales and legends, differing from country to country. Fattal’ installation will also include a series of glass spheres, manufactured in Venice, inscribed with fragments of the vanished “ingua franca” a mixed language borrowing terms from Italian, Arabic, French, and Spanish once spoken by merchants, pirates, and slaves across all Mediterranean shores.
Petrit Halilaj & Álvaro Urbano are invited as a duo to develop a site-
Thus waves come in pairs
Curated by Barbara Casavecchia. Commissioned and produced by TBA21–Academy.
The work by Petrit Halilaj & Álvaro Urbano is co-
Photo: Marco Cappelletti. Graphic design: bruno.
Exhibition 22 April -
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