ARRIVED IN VENICE STRAIGHT TO LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA- GARDIENI, ARSENAL,EMPIRE II PREVEIW EVENT! (PART 2 Empire II)
Last night I was at a show in Venice that included my work. The space and the location is incredible - 5 minutes from both Gardieni and Arsenal, right between the two. It was so busy and so beautiful. There was even 5 minutes of ridiculous wind as all the artists exhibiting came together to help move everything in. This way magically made us introduce ourselves, and this was how many exhibiting artists meet.
I met the curator Vanya Balogh in person and he was charming, professional and warm, just as I thought he would be! After the show we carried on for drinks around Venice and shared stories.
I saw about 20 of the films displayed - breathtaking, funny, raw, gritty, atmospheric. It was so good to see all the variations each 3 minutes could bring. Each video was very different to the next. I’m so glad i’m here for a while so I can go back and see them all!
Leila Houston (London, 1977) is a visual artist whose work investigates the social, political and historical aspects of a place.