Helen Sear is representing Wales at the 56th Venice Biennale, 9 May to 22 November 2015.
Her exhibition is curated by Ffotogallery, Wales’s national development agency for photography and lens-based media, in conjunction with curator Stuart Cameron.
Helen Sear is one of Wales’ most significant contemporary artists, her practice is characterised by an exploration of the crossover between photography and fine art, her focus on the co-existence of the human, animal, and natural worlds. This is the first time Wales has presented a solo exhibition by a female artist.
The Venice Biennale is the largest and most prestigious visual arts exhibition in the world. Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice is commissioned and managed by the Arts Council of Wales and Wales Arts International with support and collaboration from the Welsh Government and the British Council.
“Sear is one of photography’s foremost innovators. For her the medium is one of magic as much as realism. It is never pure, fixed or entirely knowable. Each new series presents a new set of challenges that offer up her fascination with craft and our habits of looking.”
Beginner’s Guide to the Venice Biennale
The winner of our Wales International Young Artist Award 2014, Amy Edwards, travelled to the Venice Biennale as part of her prize and produced a Beginners Guide to the Biennale for us.