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Once Removed has opened!

The 175, 218 VHS video cassettes that make up the body of Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro’s Life Span sculpture, form a solid block inside the deconsecrated chapel at the Ludoteca. The combined running time of these cassettes, if watched one after the other, would be 60.1 years, the average human life span in 1976 – the year that the VHS was released. This work stops people in their tracks when they enter the exhibition space, staring with mouths open and dwarfed by the size of the giant sculpture. The most common question asked is “Is it really solid?” The answer is yes, absolutely! Cue more jaw dropping and eye widening.


 

Ken Yonetani held two performances each day of the Vernissage around his piece Sweet Barrier Reef. Statueqsue models dressed in glamorous white satin dresses tempted the audience with rainbow coloured cakes in the shape of coral. Once the spectators had been lured in by the sweets on offer, the models then cut the cakes and served it out to the crowd. Surrounded by the totally white sugar reef sculpture, these performances delivered a simply executed but punchy message about human consumption.

Vernon Ah Kee’s two-room installation is also spectacular. Walking in, around and through the forest of surfboards in the first room, the visual moves from brightly coloured shield patterns, to enormous black and white text covering the walls, to detailed black and white portraits of his family on the reverse of each surfboard. Moving into the cavernous video room, all that is illuminated is a trio of screens on the back wall where one story is being told across three different screens of footage running simultaneously.

Once Removed is perfectly located in between the Giardini and Arsenale, so each day of the Vernissage has seen streams of people wander in through the chapel doors.

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