ArtReview sent a questionnaire to artists and curators exhibiting in and curating the various national pavilions of the 2015 Venice Biennale, the responses to which will be published daily in the lead-up to the Venice Biennale opening.
Heimo Zobernig is representing Austria. The Pavilion is in the Giardini.
What can you tell us about your exhibition plans for Venice?
For Venice I am planning work related to architecture. A work that responds directly to the pavilion.
Are you approaching this show in a different way as to how you would a ‘normal’ exhibition?
Each room, each institution has a special feature and structure. My approach to an exhibition in a gallery differs from an exhibition in a museum.
What does it mean to ‘represent’ your country? Do you find it an honour or problematic?
I am representing firstly the country of art - if there is freedom to my decision. If that's not the case, the situation is quite problematic.
How are you approaching the different audiences who come to Venice – the masses of artist peers, gallerists, curators and critics concentrated around the opening and the general public who come through over the following months?
I don't distinguish between my audiences. Everybody is naturally invited to see my work.
What are your earliest or best memories of the biennale?
In 1972 I saw Hans Hollein and Oswald Oberhuber in the Austrian pavilion, I was very young. Then in 1980 the first “Aperto” by Harald Szeemann.
You’ll no doubt be very busy, but what else are you looking forward to seeing?
I will see everything.
How does a having a pavilion in Venice affect the art scene in your home country?
I underestimated how big the social aspect is.
Online exclusive published on 25 April 2015.