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Irina Gabiani: Exhibition at the European Court of Justice for the Venice Biennale

Wednesday, September 21
This year, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the unity of Italy, the Italian Pavilion of the 54th Venice Biennale, will be extended also to the cities where the Italian Culture Institutes are located. In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Irina Gabiani, the Georgian born artist from Tbilisi, is one of the two artists selected for this occasion.

The exhibition, “Irina Gabiani and Sonia Sion at the Biennale di Venezia”, will be opened on September 22nd at the European Court of Justice, in Luxembourg.

The exhibition, within the framework of 54th Venice Biennale, will propose 20 artworks by Irina Gabiani (paintings, drawings and installations) and 12 videos, made by the artist from 2008 to 2011 and 20 works by S. Sion.

In the meantime, Irina Gabiani’s video « Counting the Infinite » and a projection of selected works are still on show at the Italian Pavilion of the 54th Venice Biennale, at the Arsenale in Venice, until November 27th, 2011.

The exhibition at the European Court of Justice follows the exhibition of Irina Gabiani and Sonia Sion at the Univeristy of Luxembourg (in the city of Luxembourg) which took place from June 9th to July 8th, 2011 and shows a wider selection of artworks of the two artists.

A rich and complete catalogue titled « Irina Gabiani and Sonia Sion alla Biennale di Venezia » has been printed for the occasion.

Irina Gabiani lives and works in Luxembourg. The universe, holistically, is the focus of the research of the artist according to whom we all belong to a unique system, to a "big organism" imagined as a kind of complex, interrelated chain, of which we, and everything around us, are a part.

Trying to see beyond what we can perceive with our eyes, going beyond the vision of the world as we know it, the artist researches the innumerable similarities between the infinitely big and the infinitely small within matter. The two "worlds" look as though they mirror one another. The more we know matter and understand its complexity which escapes us at a simple glance, the more the infinitely small leads us to the universe.

Irina Gabiani works with drawing, painting, installation, video and performance. Her works have been shown in different countries: Italy, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Romania, Ukraine, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, Macao, China, India, Australia, and USA.