From the 9th of May to the 22nd of November, Marni Prisma, the series of events developed on the occasion of Marni’s 20th anniversary, will pacifically occupy the spaces of San Gregorio Abbey in Venice with Becoming Marni.
Under the supervision of Carolina Castiglioni, creative director of Marni’s special projects, and curated by Stefano Rabolli Pansera – architect and founder of curatorial agency Beyond Entropy Ltd – Becoming Marni is a site-specific installation. It consists of one hundred wooden sculptures created by Brazilian self-taught artist Véio, which are distributed around the cloister and inside the rooms of the San Gregorio Abbey, usually closed to the public.
Véio, represented exclusively by Galerie Estação, lives and works in Nossa Senhora da Gloria, the small village in the north East of Brazil, where he creates his enigmatic sculptures by giving new life to pieces of wood, clogs and branches he finds along the river, immediately identifying a being in each piece.
With Becoming Marni, Marni’s prismatic, endlessly morphing identity is expressed through the encounter and dialogue with a unique form of creativity. Albeit radically distant for geographic provenance and culture, Marni and Véio share in fact approach and language. They both explore the power of transformation and strive for the presence of pure form. The title Becoming Marni is the result of a dialogue between opposites of people and places, that are linked by the same aesthetic. Thus Becoming Marni finds an ideal spot within the mapping of All the world’s futures which is the theme of the 56th Venice Art Biennale: it draws an ideal world, hence a scenario that might belong to the future.