Vanja Karas at the 56th Venice Biennale // All the World’s Futures with
‘An Experimental Journey Undertaken Involuntarily’ Sculpture installation
The disquiet debris and decay of history seems to be piling up and it is no secret that the world around us is deeply flawed. Surrounded by injustice, wounds, divisions, inequalities and great uncertainties as to what the future might bring to mankind we wonder if there is a chance of salvation. To look ahead and seek answers for the future, we need to look back. And looking back, the passage of time, despite historical changes, appears to be cyclical rather than linear. For one reason or another the times have always been flawed. And despite ongoing change and transience, history appears to be very much an eternal recurrence. The flaws of history seem to correlate directly to the flaws of mankind and the unchanging essence of human nature. Stuck in our ways, we seem to drift, caught up in the storm between continual change and repetitive patterns of history. This storm is what we seem to call progress. My work borrows simple objects, antique books and images from history, memory and my immediate surroundings in an attempt to examine through different contexts fragments of unexpected consequences while depicting the cyclical nature of something that is forever different but ultimately always the same, manifesting itself in human form.
Exhibiting artists include: Gavin Turk, Franko Black, Martin Sexton, Cederic Christie, Darren Coffield, Hugo Von Hugo, Michael Petry, Mark Woods, Glen Fitzy Fitzpatrick, Sarah Sparks, Birgitta Hosea.