Tau Lewis participates in La Biennale di Venezia’s 59th International Art Exhibition, 'The Milk of Dreams'

Tau Lewis participates in La Biennale di Venezia’s 59th International Art Exhibition, 'The Milk of Dreams'

23 April - 27 November 2022
La Biennale di Venezia, Arsenale and Giardini, Venice, Italy
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Overview

The 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, titled ‘The Milk of Dreams’, takes its direction from a book by Leonora Carrington (1917–2011) in which the Surrealist artist describes a magical world where life is constantly re-envisioned through the prism of the imagination. Carrington’s otherworldly creatures, along with other figures of transformation, are taken as companions on an imaginary journey through the metamorphoses of bodies and definitions of the human. Tau Lewis has created three large-scale textile works for the presentation, inspired by the ceremonial masks of the Yoruba, who use masks as tools for spiritual embodiment, as well as vessels to traverse earthly and ancestral realms. The series is also inspired by Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka’s play ‘A Dance of the Forests’ (1963), in which lives, voices, histories, ethical and spiritual stances are overlaid, bringing ancestors to life to comment shrewdly on the past and the present in terms of both human nature and politics. We acknowledge...

The 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, titled ‘The Milk of Dreams’, takes its direction from a book by Leonora Carrington (1917–2011) in which the Surrealist artist describes a magical world where life is constantly re-envisioned through the prism of the imagination. Carrington’s otherworldly creatures, along with other figures of transformation, are taken as companions on an imaginary journey through the metamorphoses of bodies and definitions of the human.

Tau Lewis has created three large-scale textile works for the presentation, inspired by the ceremonial masks of the Yoruba, who use masks as tools for spiritual embodiment, as well as vessels to traverse earthly and ancestral realms. The series is also inspired by Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka’s play ‘A Dance of the Forests’ (1963), in which lives, voices, histories, ethical and spiritual stances are overlaid, bringing ancestors to life to comment shrewdly on the past and the present in terms of both human nature and politics. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Photo by Marquale Ashley.

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