Kelly Thompson and Kathleen Vaughan present Giardino dell’Eden with Cynthia Hammond at Venice (Off-)Biennale


Read the Concordia article about the project, Outside the Venetian Garden, here. All text content below is quoted from the online Concordia article by Andy Murdoch.

“Three Concordia fine arts faculty – Cynthia Hammond, Kathleen Vaughan and Kelly Thompson – are busy implementing an art project on the Venetian island of Giudecca from the 15th to the 22nd of May, 2017… Once the site of agrarian land use, prisons and heavy industry, the island is off the main tourist track. It is, however, home to Venice’s second largest private garden space after the Biennale itself: the Giardino dell’Eden. The ‘Garden of Eden’ was an English curiosity in this Italian city – and currently the subject of a mystery… virtually no one has seen the famous garden in decades, after the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser purchased it in 1979 and locked its doors to visitors, hoping to encourage a protected wilderness.

“To my knowledge, we are the only artists who have become interested in the garden and its many histories during this Biennale,” says Cynthia Hammond…

At night, the artists will project historical images of the garden onto its exterior walls and by day they will work outside the garden on individual and shared interventions…

Kathleen Vaughan makes textile maps of places with a strong relation to water. She will be preparing a textile map of the garden and the island.

Kelly Thompson will use her knowledge of nautical knots to temporarily mark space and construct a playful rope ladder that might be used to get into the garden.

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