One hundred and twenty years after it began, the Venice Biennale still captivates the art world once every two years with the spectacle of a truly global survey of the very best of contemporary art. From May to November 2015 the Biennale will include representation from more than eighty-five invited nations, all showcasing their leading artists in national pavilions and exhibition spaces.
The Canadian artist-collective BGL of Quebec City was chosen by a national selection committee. Artists Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière, whose last names lend their initials to BGL, have been collaborating for twenty years to create ambitious sculptures, installations and performance works. They transform the banality of daily life into whimsy, while drawing our attention to social and political issues such as consumer culture, society’s relationship with nature, contemporary values and the art establishment. BGL’s elaborate, site-specific installations and performances are visually and conceptually arresting.