Returning to Personal Structures, the European Cultural Centre’s Art Biennial

Lunita-July Dorn, Occhio, Malocchio, Prezzemolo e Finocchio (Auge, böses Auge, Petersilie und Fenchel), 2024. Courtesy the artist and Destinee Ross-Sutton

Coinciding with the 60th Venice Biennale, the seventh edition of ECC’s Personal Structures, Beyond Boundaries, brings together over 200 artists and thinkers to investigate a world beyond borders

Personal Structures, the biennial art exhibition organised by the European Cultural Centre (ECC), returns for its seventh edition in Venice under the title Beyond Boundaries. Coinciding with the Venice Art Biennale, it will welcome visitors from 20 April – 24 November across three historical venues – Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora and Marinaressa Gardens.

Bringing together more than 200 artists and thinkers from 51 different countries, Beyond Boundaries presents itself as a journey that will cross multiple borders – geographic, political, religious, cultural and artistic. While some physical and conceptual limits can mean comfort and safety – our own bodies, the walls of our homes, the lines on the road – the exhibition will aim to shift these constraints, and to investigate what is beyond in order to see it from a different point of view.

Sandra Cattaneo Adorno, Ten Years VI, 2023 © Sandra Cattaneo Adorno

The participants in this year’s Personal Structures include both renowned and emergent international artists along with art and academic institutions and galleries, who articulate their visions, reflections and responses to the pressing challenges of our times. Working across photography, sculpture, performance and new media, the invited artists interrogate notions of national and cultural identity and the challenges posed by global migration.

Since 2011, Personal Structures has been organised every two years by the European Cultural Centre Italy in its venues in the heart of Venice. The biennial exhibition documents the diversity of contemporary art today, featuring different expressions from artists that break away from any ideological, political and geographical barriers.

Marina Stamato, The Purge of Denialism – Mãe Iara defeats Bolsonaro, 2023. Courtesy the University of Southern California

The European Cultural Centre (ECC) is a non-profit organisation headquartered in the Netherlands. Committed to promoting culture through international exchanges, ECC works with associations and partners from around the world on the planning and management of cultural projects, such as exhibitions, publications, video series, and educational programmes. Based in Venice, ECC Italy is the main branch of ECC and focuses on diverse topics within art, architecture and design. The art exhibition Personal Structures alternates each year with the architecture biennial exhibition Time Space Existence.

Personal Structures: Beyond Boundaries will be on view at Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora & Marinaressa Gardens, Venice, from 20 April – 24 April 2024. Special opening events will take place on 18 and 19 April across the three venues.

Click here for more details and the full list of participating artists.

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