Work from the Collection

The Laguna's Tribute

Date: 2015
Medium: Silkscreen print
Materials: Paper
Collection: Lafayette anticipations - Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin
Domain: Prints
This poster announces the performance that Saâdane Afif conceived for the 56th Venice Biennale and which was presented in two locations: both in public space and in the exhibition space. Since 2004, Saâdane Afif has invited artists to write texts based on his creations. He then presents them in the context of performances in which he institutes a dialogue between material and immaterial art. Through these "speakers’ corners", he explores creation through action, an approach he has explored since 2011 in Beirut, Rotterdam, Brussels, and Zurich. In an enclosed space, he presents an installation, the texts, and the poster announcing the performance. No time is specified so that the event remains improvised. In the public space, an actor perched on a bronze pedestal recites the texts. Facing the lagoon, he presents himself to the public without allowing any interaction. Saâdane Afif quotes the German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, whose painting Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1818) is graphically reinterpreted on the poster.

Text written by Claire Tallon as part of the partnership between the École du Louvre and Lafayette Anticipations – Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin.


56e Biennale de Venise
Biennale de Venise, Venise (Italie)
from 09 May to 22 Nov 2015