VENICE, ITALY - 29 MAY 2013: IGilad Ratman's installation "The Workshop" (2013) at the Israeli Pavillon, Giardini of the Biennale, in Venice, Italy, on May 29th 20113.
"The Workshop" (2013), a multi-channel site-specific installation, is based on a fictional journey from Israel to Venice taken by a small community of people. Their epic voyage starts in the caves of Israel, weaves through tracherous subterranean passages before bursting through the floor of the Israeli pavillon into a workshop, sculpting themselves in clay they have have transported from Israel. Gilad Ratman's presentation reflects on the Biennale as a utopian model of nations' connectivity. Whilst present-time poltical reality all over the world operates according to the "nation state" concept and a system of globalized capitalism, The Workshop presents a scenario where transit takes place across national borders in hidden underground networks free. imdetected and unidentified.
The 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale takes place in Venice from June 1st to November 24th, 2013 at the Giardini and at the Arsenale as well as in various venues the city.
Gianni Cipriano for The New York TImes