Oxygen narcosis is a phenomenon occurring from oxygen overdose, this phenomenon happens, among others, to divers, who suffer it under water as a result of an error and can euphorically abandon their oxygen tanks. The work prepared for the biennale is a floating photograph of a tablet modeled on popular drugs. The created tablet is pure oxygen. Due to global warming and rising sea levels, the island which annually hosts the biennale is decreasing its area above sea level. Everything will finally end under water. This floating buoy/image is a clue which drug one should take to find himself/herself in a new underwater-lost world.
Biennale de La Biche is the smallest contemporary art biennale in the world. For its first edition, Alex Urso and Maess Anand, the project’s founders and curators, have selected fourteen artists from all over the world. Although differing from one another, each participant was asked to conceive an artwork able to coexist with the environment of the location: the enchanting Caribbean island of Ilet de La Biche.The title chosen for the 2017 edition is In a land of. This sentence, suspended and imprecise, wants to be a suggestion, an incentive to grasp the essence of the island as a geographically isolated place, but above all, a spot distant from all the limits and conventions of the contemporary art system. Moreover, the location is a transitory place, because it is slowly disappearing: due to the rising sea levels, the island is in fact gradually submerging, and in a few decades, it is destined to disappear.The artist has been, therefore, invited to interpret the concept of a non-place, elaborating a work that can reflect the transience of time and absolute insecurity to which the island is currently subjected. Thus, the artworks themselves are no longer becoming monumental and durable fragments in the timeline of art history, but fragile elements that decay, following the limits of the world they belong to.
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