Joan Jonas’s Venice Biennale Installation Will Take Visitors Under the Sea

Last month, 78-year-old artist Joan Jonas was named as the US representative to next year’s Venice Biennale. Now, the MIT List Visual Arts Center, which is presenting the exhibition, has released more details about what shape Jonas’s installation will take. According to Jonas, her site-responsive installations will focus on “landscape and natural phenomena” and “the ocean as a poetic, totemic, and natural entity, as a life source and home to a universe of beings.”

Jonas was nominated by director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center Paul C. Ha, who will be the project’s commissioner and will curate it alongside director of Singapore’s Centre for Contemporary Art Ute Meta Bauer.

“Joan’s voice and vision continue to be powerful forces in contemporary art, and I am proud that we will present her newest work in Venice, one of the most important venues to present art,” Ha said in a release. “As I know from my encounters with her work, the experience will forever alter how visitors perceive visual art and understand how Jonas vitally constructs hers with a dynamic mix of sight and sound: sculpture, video, drawing, spoken and written text, and music.”

— Ashton Cooper (ashton_cooper)

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