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Work from Anita Kwiecien's 'Venezia é una città verde'

Venice Biennale fellows display work at The International 3

23 November 2017

...into the labyrinth features work by Manchester School of Art students

An exhibition by Manchester School of Art students inspired by their residency at the 57th Venice Biennale opens on Thursday.

…into the labyrinth is the final show on display at The International 3 gallery in Salford, opening this Thursday November 23 (6-8pm) and running until Friday December 1.

The exhibition includes video installation, sculpture, photography and paintings from eight fine art students from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford who completed a British Council steward-research fellowship at one of the world’s most important art biennales this summer.  

Each artist uses visual diaries to explore themes synonymous with Venetian mythology, such as materiality and decay, voyeurism, claustrophobia, repetition and time.

Artists and curators

MA/MFA Contemporary Curating students Chris Bailkoski and Manuela Zammit curate the show, which also includes work from Emma Bradley, Anita Kwiecien and Polly Palmerini.

During the residency, the students invigilated Phyllida Barlow’s folly at the British Pavilion in the Giardini and carried out individual research projects to inform their practices.

Sophie Benson, Director of Studies for the Department of Art said:"Supported by both the British Council and Manchester Metropolitan, the Venice Fellowships programme offers a unique opportunity for five of our students and graduates to spend a month in Venice during the world’s most important art biennale."

'Confidence'

Manuela Zammit said: "I feel that being physically present and involved in the Biennale helped me to start finding a position for my point of view and my practice within the broad conversation that is the art world.

“This was my first real experience in the field, as well as a solid starting point which has given me the confidence to continue seeking such opportunities.

“The setting of the Biennale and the wider backdrop of Venice has informed my research greatly and led me to produce my first significant written research project about the digital identity of places/spaces and how these are consumed through the camera lens and 'curated' online by the regular user."

The exhibition is supported by the British Council, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Salford and The International 3.