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The International jury of the 53rd International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia assigned special mentions to Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset (Denmark and Nordic countries pavilions) and Roberto Cuoghi (Carlo Scarpa's garden, Palazzo delle Esposizioni in the Giardini). Both project were supported by the Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Milan.

The jury, composed by Jack Bankowsky (USA), Homi K. Bhabha (India), Sarat Maharaj (South Africa), Angela Vettese (Italy, President), and Julia Voss (Germany), awarded the special mentions with the following motivations:

Curating Worlds:
Special mention to Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset
Curators of Denmark and Nordic Countries (Finland, Norway, Sweden)
(Pavilions in the Giardini)
The Collectors
With additional support from Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Milan

A special mention goes to the two-person team of Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset for reimagining the national pavilion as a collaborative universe. Bringing together the work of 24 international artists in the adjoining Danish and Nordic Countries Pavilions, “The Collectors” comprises a delirious network of narratives that interrogate the relationship between our desires and the material worlds we design around them.

Translating Worlds:
Special mention to Roberto Cuoghi
(Italy, Palazzo delle Esposizioni in the Giardini, giardino Scarpa)
Mei Gui
Produced by Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Milan

Roberto Cuoghi, who has specifically chosen to place his work in a garden of Oriental extraction designed by Carlo Scarpa, stages the practice of translation through sounds and atmospheres. The artist’s specific performance deliberately betrays the translation, calling into question a modernist double obsession: for the copy of the other world and for the so-called genuine one.