Defending Freedom

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Aug 14 2022

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Category: Europe, Italy

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While Russia is invading and bombarding its neighbour Ukraine, spreading death and destruction, Ukraine is defending its freedom. At the Venice Biennale the Russian Pavilion is hermetically sealed. Russia is not welcome and is excluded from presenting itself at the exhibition. Ukraine on the other hand is proudly present with its international exhibition ‘Defending Freedom’ in the beautiful old Scuola Grande della Misericordia. Besides the contributions of Ukrainian artists the exhibition also includes several works by foreign artists that are made in solidarity with the population of Ukraine. As e.g. the Sky Over Corn Field (the Ukrainian flag with butterflies) by Damien Hirst, shown on the photo above.

Scuola Grande della Misericordia, the Ukraine Pavilion at the Biennale, Venice 2022

Photo of the week: Damien Hirst, ‘Sky Over Corn Field’, 2022; This is Ukraine, Defending Freedom@Venice 2022, Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Biennale Venice 2022, Italy 2022

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