Event Details

Gallerie (RE)CREATE
For Immediate Release:
Gallerie (Re) Create will present Hospitality in the Puriverse*, curated by Gale Elston to
kickoff this years 60th edition of the Venice Biennial opening April 16th, 2024 from 5-7
Corte de Ca’ Sarasino, Castello 1199, Venezia, IT, 30122
April 16 to May 4, 2024- Opening April 16, 5 to 7 PM
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-6 PM
Featuring also Performances by China Blue curated by Elga Wimmer
April 16, 18 and 19 at 6 PM
Rainer Ganahl, Requiem, performed April 17 at 6 PM

This exhibition includes five artists who explore the political, historical,
aesthetical, physical and epistemological dimensions of hospitality and its’ conflicts.
Based upon the analysis of Jacques Derrida, in his Of Hospitality, this exhibition
scrutinizes the reaction of the host to alterity or otherness. Each artist examines various
questions surrounding the encounter of a foreigner and their host sovereign using a
variety of media such as painting, photography, sculpture and animation. In discussion
with Adriano Pedrosa's exhibition Foreigners Everywhere it understands the complexity
of immigration and begs the question of what is hospitality and when and how should it
be extended to the stranger, the foreigner, the “other”. On the one hand the devastating
effects of global inequality, climate change (climate refugees) and the political pressures
it has created have led to mass migration and political and social chaos. On the other
the richness of the contributions of the other in the form of cultural and epistemological
multiplicity is invaluable.
Jeremy Dennis, First Nation artist and Tribal Member of the Shinnecock Indian
Nation in Southampton, NY, uses staging and computer assisted techniques to create
strange color photographs which portray indigenous identity, culture, and assimilation.
His photographs challenge how indigenous people have been presented in film in
America Westerns as well as empowering them through the use of a haunting Zombie
trope establishing the power of ancestral knowledge as a means of resistance.
Ann McCoy , a New York-based sculptor, painter, and art critic, and Editor-at-
Large for the Brooklyn Rail includes a new drawing from her recent Guggenheim
Fellowship exploring the fairy tale of a wolf in her father’s silver, gold and tungsten mill.
The fairy tale is based on an historic site of many Irish immigrant workers’ deaths and
expresses the tragedy using Jungian and alchemical references,

Warren Neidich's work Pluriverse* engages with the concept of cognitive justice.
As Bonaventure de Sousa Santos has said there can be no social justice without
cognitive justice. Cognitive which includes the right of different traditions of knowledge
and the cultural practices they are engaged with to co-exist without duress. Especially
relevant for us here are those forms of knowledge that have evolved in the so-called
enlightened global North, Indigenous Knowledges and those in the subaltern global
South and Asia. Pluriverse is an expression that is inclusive of these diverse
epistemologies. We don’t want to live in a normative, homogeneous Universe but rather
a heterogeneous and multiplicitous Pluriverse.*
Anita Glesta, depicts the non human foreigner ( a corona virus moving through
the body like a bug or a butterfly) set to a soundtrack from  Hildegard, the composer
and nun from the middle ages. Her video was developed on a Fellowship with The ARC
Laureate Felt Experience & Empathy Lab to research how anxiety affects our nervous
system. As an extension of the pandemic series her  animations invite the viewer to
experience how humans process fear and anxiety in their bodies.
Spanish artist Ilona Rich work continues the theme of what it is to be a foreigner
on a psychological level. Her colorful sculptures describe a dystopian view of the
commonplace and the everyday. Her work shows us a person who feels like a stranger
in their own skin, anxious, precarious, not normative. Her dogs have two heads and the
many feet of a centipede. Her sculpture “Wheel of Fortune” will be displayed which
posits that fate is contingent on chance and our roles as host or foreigner are subject to
rapid unexpected change.
The exhibition offers a dizzying study of alterity, on the biological (Glesta), the
social(Dennis), the historical(McCoy), cognitive(Neidich) and personal levels(Rich).The
viewer will come away with an expanded and enriched view of the threats experienced
by a foreigner and asks what contingencies, if any, should accompany hospitality.