Waterways 2005 Hits the Venice Biennale

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An international exhibition of over 30 artists and 7 curators representing 15 countries alongside the Venice Biennale

The Waterways project developed amongst a group of artists and curators wanting to create socially conscious art that could shape, inform, and transform the dialogue regarding specific global issues effecting the environment. What began two months ago with Renée Vara and Mary Mattingly as an intentional response to current dominant conditions for the presentation and exhibition of art in America, has since grown into an international collaborative of academics in the arts and sciences, curators, artists, private patrons, art institutions, interested volunteers, and the general public. They have gathered public and private resources, skills, abilities, voices and efforts to construct and create a global dialogue regarding the preservation of our world’s natural resources.

The non-profit event will take place on a public Vaporetto that will dock at St. Elena moor, five minutes walking distance from the Venice Biennale Giardini. Beginning at 1 PM on June 10th and running continuously until 10 PM on June 11th, the boat will arrive every hour on the hour at St. Elena where the general public can board the boat and tour the lagoon for free. In addition to the collaborative exhibition of over 30 international artists and 7 curators, guests on the boat will enjoy performances by several artists and curators.

Schedule of Events:

1 PM - Vaporetto opens to the public

4 PM - 6 PM - Performance: Avelino Sala, "La Espera"

9 PM - VIP Press preview of lagoon tour with curators

10 PM - 12 Midnight - Opening Reception

3 AM - Overnight Performance: Renée N. Vara, "Castaways - Sleepover"

Featured Performances: Renee Vara: “Castaways,” an overnight performance exploring social constructions of displacement as it affects societies of all species. Avelino Sala: “La Espera,” a metaphorical answer to the everyday struggles of achieving happiness. Agata Oleksiak: “Camouflage,” exploring the androgyny of fixed identity, sexuality, and culture.

Waterways Fundraising: In order to raise funds for the project, Waterwayss is offering a limited edition of 10 Portfolios entitled “Curator In A Box™,” which includes a portfolio cover by artist Rune Olsen and three original

works made by participating artists with special focus on WATERWAYs.

  • Portfolios are currently available at the cost of $2,000. (50% tax deductible).
  • For more information, or to make a 100% tax-deductible contribution, please visit Vara Art our fundraising page.

All proceeds to benefit the project and NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc., an organization supporting emerging artists and curators based in Williamsburg,


Venice preview of Waterways exhibition: NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc. Annual Benefit on Monday, June 6th, at Spike Gallery: 547 West 20th Street. For more information, please visit the nurtureart

Curators: Lead Curators and Producers: Renée N. Vara & Mary Mattingly Curatorial Committee: Eugenia Cherkasskaya, Vara Global Fine Arts; Ethan Cohen, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts; Karen LaGatta; Paul Middendorf, Irene Nikolai, independent curator, Angel An, Jacqui LeBoutillier.

Artists: Art Hijack, Elena Bajo, Brandon Ballengée, John Breiner, Orly Cogan, Christoph Draeger, Peter Fend, Emmanuelle Gauthier, G-77, Jason Hackenworth, Tamar Hirschl, Susanne Kriemann, Michelle Vara Livsey, Pan Xing Lei, Miranda Lloyd, Eva Mantell, Elahe Massumi, Marry Mattingly, Jason Middlebrook, Zhu Ming, Naoto Nakagawa, Agata Oleksiak, Rune Olsen, Libia Perez & Olafur Ami Olafsson, Jim Peters & Vicky Tomayko, Aviva Rahmani, Avelino Sala, Lisa Marie Schilling, Dana Shea, Raphaele Shirley, Nina Teglio, Jeannie Wiessglass, Wu Shan Zhuan & Inga Svala Thorsdottir.

Honorary Committee: Dr. Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli, Engineer of MOSE Project, Professor of Physical Oceanography at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Johanna Fassl, Art Historian; Dr. Terry Shtob, Director of NYU Program in Arts/SCPCS; George J. Robinson, Founder, Executive Director, NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc.; Bob Ruenitz, Executive Director, Art Incubator; Cydney

Payton, Director/Curator Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

Supporters: Marshall Allan, Somerset Partners, LLC; Stuart Quan, Managing Partner, Zander Capital Management; Irene Nikolai, New York Business Group; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Denver; Anonymous Donor

Corporate Sponsors: Jefferies & Company, Inc; Cantine Volpetti (Wine), Caffe Florian Roxanna

Contact: Renée Vara: Vara Art

Media Contact: Art Hijack PR,

For more information about WATERWAYs please visit Varaart

Special Gratitude: Robert Baisch, Nikki Brown, Nicole Cherubini, Marguerite Day, Marcia Eitelberg, Julie Fishkin, Fred Fleisher, Alessia Giovannotti, Douglas Kelly, Veronica Lenza, Matt Lucas, Kiara Lunardelli, Paola Lunardelli, Karen Marston, Andre Mer—Breakfast Club Production, Sarah Murkett, Caroline Press, Adriana Rizzo, Mara Saratore, Scope Art, Michael Sellinger, Franklin Silverstone and Collectify—one of the leading collections management and cataloging software worldwide, David Smith, Cary Smith-Littlefield.

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