Narine Arakelian launches The Pharos Flower installation at the 58th Venice Biennale

Venice, Italy, Saturday 11 May

Last night, Armenian artist Narine Arakelian launched her installation The Pharos Flower at the Scala Contarini del Bovolo in Venice as part of the official 58th Venice Biennale programme.

The Pharos Flower installation transformed the iconic 15th century spiral staircase of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo into a striking multi-coloured lighthouse. The Pharos Lighthouse projects colourful rays of light from the top floor of the Scala, creating a spectacular light installation that aims to play on our idea of perception and time, with the Lighthouse becoming a singular moment linking the past, present and future.

Guests at her launch event on Friday were treated to a performance from Natine as she ascended The Pharos Lighthouse and a silent disco inside the Palazzo where Narine presents an installation of her distinctive coloured fabrics and multicoloured glass pieces, crafted at the famous Studio Abate Zanetti on the island of Murano in Venice. The space inside the Palazzo also includes an installation around Tintoretto’s gargantuan painting “Bozzetto del Paradiso” continuing the juxtaposition of ancient and contemporary art that runs throughout the exhibition.









The launch event followed Narine’s performance at the official opening of the Armenian Pavilion on Thursday 9 May, where she gave a one-time-only performance of her performance work titled “Revolutionary Sensorium”, curated by Susanna Gyulamiryan. The piece is an exploration of the revolutionary events of the ‘Velvet Revolution’ that took place in Armenia in Spring 2018 uniting civilians through their slogan of  ‘solidarity and love’. The Armenian Pavilion 2019 is situated at the Collegio Armeno Moorat and visitors to the Biennale can see The Pharos Flower at the Scala Contarini del Bovolo until 25 May.

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