Venice offers a variety of places to display art: converted palaces, white-walled galleries and old warehouses. One of my favorites at the 2011 Biennale is the Gervasuti Foundation, a combined set of rough houses in the Castello district. The Foundation is hosting the first-time participant countries Bangladesh and Iraq in an unlikely space.
The rugged, cobbled-together houses that make up the Gervasuti Foundation are a clear departure from the ornate, elaborate palazzos that hold art museums throughout the city. The area of Castello, where the Gervasuti Foundation is located, is the oldest community in Venice known for its wood craft and shipbuilding workshops. The site of the Foundation was the Gervasuti family's artisan cabinet-maker and joinery workshop. Part of the space, where the Bangladesh pavilion is currently located, was once used to house elderly women. Remnants of the living quarters - the oven, sinks, shelving are still present in the space.
Shown in the Images:
1. Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty's "Quandary" - part of the Bangladesh pavilion
2. and 3. Promotesh Das Pulak's "Echoed moments in time" - part of the Bangladesh pavilion. The rooms of the Bangladesh pavilion were previously used to house elderly women.
4. Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty's "Rainbow; Ongoing project with umbrellas"
5. Chiharu Shiota's "Memory of Books" is a room lined with books covered in interlacing sting.
Read more about the Gervasuti Foundation by clicking here.
Images: Rachael Grad