It’s the second nationwide pavilion introduced for the forthcoming version of the world’s greatest artwork competition, whose 2022 version simply closed. Earlier this week, Estonia revealed that Edith Karlson would create its pavilion.
Creuzet usually produces tangles of steel, plastic, and twine which are paired with prolonged titles alluding to migrations which have taken place within the Caribbean. He usually finds the supplies he enlists, they usually recall refuse that washes ashore.
Born in Le Blanc Mesnil, France, Creuzet was raised in Martinique, and describes his work as an try to wrestle with the complexities of his French-Caribbean id. He is at present primarily based in Montreuil, a suburb of Paris.
Never earlier than has the French Pavilion been represented by a French-Caribbean artist. His pavilion succeeds Zineb Sedira’s 2022 version, which acquired a particular point out from the Venice Biennale jury; she is the primary artist of Algerian descent to signify France.
Taken collectively, the 2 pavilions sign a brand new path for the French Pavilion, one of the vital broadly seen nationwide exhibitions on the Biennale. Almost all the time, that pavilion has been represented by white artists.
The choice committee for the French Pavilion mentioned of Creuzet in a press release, “His singular work and his gift for oral literature feed on creolization by bringing together a diversity of materials, stories, shapes and gestures. The questions raised by his works will find, at the French Pavilion in Venice, a particularly important resonance with those of our time. Julien Creuzet was also chosen for the horizons he draws, going beyond the opposition between identity and universality, demonstrating that in the folding of art, the poetic and artistic echoes always trace responses that are as beautiful, joyful and restorative as they are unexpected.”
Creuzet is on a sizzling streak, having not too long ago received the $20,000 Étant Donnés Prize, which is given to a French artist exhibiting at Art Basel Miami Beach. In 2021 Creuzet was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp, France’s high artwork award.