Personal Structures

Kaz Shirane, Dance of Light, 2022 I Ph. Kaz Shirane, 2022


From 23 Aprile 2022 to 27 Novembre 2022


Place: Various locations

Address: Sedi varie

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The European Cultural Centre (ECC) is proud to announce that the sixth edition of Personal Structures, the biennial contemporary art exhibition that invites artists and creative minds from across the world, will open in Venice, Italy, from the 23rd of April to the 27th of November, 2022, with press previews and opening events on the 21st and 22nd of April in all ECC locations.
The extensive exhibition will feature a wide selection of artworks from international- ly-renowned and emerging artists, photographers, and sculptors, as well as showcase projects by worldwide academic institutions, all of which will be exhibited in the historical venues of Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora and Marinaressa Gardens, located in the heart of the Venetian city.
This year, the exhibition will revolve around the idea of reflections, understood as both the image created from a mirrored surface as well as a thought, idea, or opinion formed from meditation. At Personal Structures, the theme of reflections will embody the dual meaning of, on the one hand, a visible episode perceived by the eyes; and, on the other, a mental deed stemming from the action of thinking and pondering with the mind. As envisioned by the ECC curatorial team, the act of reflecting carries the potential to foresee possibilities and the responsibility of imagining a better future.
A selection of nearly 200 participants will converge in Venice to present their views on this theme, expressing it through different media and outlets, giving voice to their own thoughts, concerns, ideas, hopes, and dreams. The ‘reflections’ showcased will be those of awareness for what is to come, as well as mirror the current environment surrounding us. As a result, the artworks presented will reflect the views of artists with diverse cultural backgrounds coming from different corners of the world, among which have confirmed Martin Parr, Donald Martiny, the Museum of the Mind, Calvin Chih-Hao Teng, Galerie Myrtis, Albert Scopin, Ben Bergman Gallery, Daniel Pesta, Sandra Cattaneo Adorno, Karen Sewell, Valerie Goodman Gallery. The ex- hibition will also pay tribute to the persona and work of conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner, whose past collaborations with the European Cultural Centre will be remem- bered with a special installation at Palazzo Bembo.
Personal Structures in Venice: At the crossroads of culture
The exhibition takes place in one of the most historically artistic cities in the world and, as such, coexists simultaneously with other cultural attractions that unfold at the same time in Venice. Grasping the opportunity at hand, the European Cultural Centre emphasises the importance of broadening the scope and aims to offer a space for creative and artistic expression, to both new and established names. It reminds us that art, being an essential part of culture and a key to opening new ideas and expe- riences, should be open to all. Therefore, all ECC venues as every year will continue to be accessible free of charge for everyone, giving the public the chance to wander in typically characteristic Venetian buildings.

Personal Structures Program
Throughout its seven months, the exhibition will be complemented with a series of conversations, performances, workshops, that aim to create a dialogue between current developments, ideas, and thoughts in the contemporary art field in today’s context of Time, Space and Existence. The full schedule will be released soon on the ECC plat- forms.

Digitalising Personal Structures
The European Cultural Centre will continue to offer events both in-person and on- line, streamed on ECC’s YouTube and Instagram @ecc_italy channels. In addition, the ECC launched a website dedicated to Personal Structures (www.personalstructures. com) which will contain all artworks exhibited, the complete list of participants, immersive virtual tours, and a downloadable catalogue version of the exhibition. This exclusive platform aims to enhance the experience of the exhibition virtually, allow- ing viewers from all over the world to connect and follow Personal Structures.