She investigates the values and ideas embedded in things as well as in vernacular traditions and craft. Over the last two years, the artist has researched postwar figures active in Venice, Milan and Turin who had a predominant role in postwar reconstruction as well as how craftsmanship traditions, associated with particular forms of knowledge and making, intersect with this history.
Accompanying Antunes’s exhibition in the Portuguese Pavilion at the fifty-eighth Venice Biennale, a seam, a surface, a hinge, or a knot features texts by Briony Fer, Suzanne Cotter, Ana Teixeira Pinto and curator João Ribas, as well as an artist’s project of approximately 20 die-cut sheets based on drawings in the archive of Egle Trincanato, an architect, writer, photographer and curator who worked in Venice.
About the Artist
Leonor Antunes’ practice provides a unique contemplation on modern art, architecture and design through a reinterpretation of sculpture in a given space. Embracing traditional craftsmanship from around the world, she employs materials such as rope, leather, cork, wood, brass, and rubber to create unusual forms.
About the Publisher
Sternberg Press is a Berlin-based publishing house of art, cultural criticism, creative nonfiction and literary and experimental fiction. Founded by Caroline Schneider in New York in 1999, it aims to support both new and established writers and nourish lasting editorial relationships. The press is committed to publishing books with an interdisciplinary focus on contemporary visual culture and related critical discourse.