Manifesta 7: European Biennial of Contemporary Art

Manifesta 7: European Biennial of Contemporary Art
Christine Huang
  • 3 september 2008

We Make Money Not Art offers some nice highlights from Manifesta 7, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art hosted by the Trentino-South Tyrol Region in Italy, on now until November 2. Part of the exhibition, entitled Principle Hope (curated by Adam Budak) takes place in what’s left of an old tobacco factory in Rovereto, spread throughout the skeleton of the old industrial space. One particular piece at Rovereto that caught our eye was Guido van der Werve‘s Nummer acht – Everything is going to be alright (2007). The short film documents the artist in a slow, silent chase with an icebreaker. Van der Werve walks 15 meters in front of the massive ship atop the frozen over Finnish Gulf of Bothnia, his path slowly destroyed behind him. Poignant in both its simplicity and grandeur. Watch the clip below:

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