danish pavilion unveils ‘we walked the earth’ by uffe isolotto at the venice art biennale

cool isolotto’s ‘we walked the earth’ at the Venice Art Biennale 2022

At the Venice Art Biennale 2022the Danish pavilion presents the haunting transhuman installation We walked the earth created by Uffe Isolotto and curated by Jacob Lillemose. Spread throughout the pavilion, the piece welcomes visitors into a hyper-realistic world where images of Danish peasant life mingle with bizarre sci-fi elements, weaving a world of uncertainty. We walked the earth depicts a drama of life and death that focuses on a family of three centaurs. Struggling to meet the challenges of our current ever-changing reality, the centaurs embody a state of turmoil between despair and hope, reflecting the profound ambiguity of today’s world.


Uffe Isolotto, We Walked the Earth, Pavilion of Denmark, Biennale Arte, 2022

image courtesy of Ugo Carmine (also main image)

distorted images of danish rural life

We walked the earth by Uffe Isolotto (see more here) transforms the pavilion into a farm-like space paved with fieldstones, filled with piles of seagrass and horse manure. Visitors to the Venice Art Biennale 2022 (read more here) can traverse the pavilion and discover statues reminiscent of an idyllic Danish rural lifestyle.

Nevertheless, upon closer examination, it becomes clear that all these apparently known elements have in fact been altered and distorted. The traditional Danish agricultural implements lying around in the interior are in reality curious reinterpretations. What’s more, in one of the rooms hangs a mutated ham, and unknown varieties of agricultural crops are scattered around the rooms and a blue liquid drips from it.

danish pavilion unveils transhuman installation 'we walked the earth' at venice art biennale
Uffe Isolotto, We Walked the Earth, Pavilion of Denmark, Biennale Arte, 2022

image courtesy of Ugo Carmine

A drama of life and death

In this peculiar setting, two hyper-realistic centaur sculptures emerge as protagonists of the installation. Their unusual shape testifies to the dramatic and demanding process they had to go through to adapt to the new conditions of our changing world. Their faces, bodies and hands are noticeably larger than an average human’s, and their skin is covered in unusual markings. Meanwhile, the same blue liquid seeping from the agricultural crops appears to support the centaur creatures through tubes, leaving viewers wondering if it’s a heating agent, a form of food, or a drug.

A drama of life and death takes place in the two main rooms of the pavilion. In one room, the male centaur has taken his own life and is hanging from a chain hanging from the ceiling. In the adjacent room, the female centaur lies on the floor and gives birth to a baby centaur that appears to be of a different hybrid than its parents. His human hands are transfigured into something unrecognizable, with promise for the future and ominous troubled times at the same time.

danish pavilion unveils transhuman installation 'we walked the earth' at venice art biennale
Uffe Isolotto, We Walked the Earth, Pavilion of Denmark, Biennale Arte, 2022

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“There is a deep uncertainty in understanding what happened to the centaurs and the world they live in. Is it a tragic or hopeful situation, or maybe both?’ calls Uffe Isolotto. “Even though the centaurs may not be real, we feel… their struggle.’

“The current age in which we live is becoming increasingly complex and unpredictable as we are confronted with many challenging realities, whether they be ecological, political or existential. There is a lot of hope and despair in the air, and I want to physically realize that with this installation.’ explains the artist. “We Walked the Earth also draws on experiences from my personal life that metaphorically resonate with more universal feelings and thoughts about life and death that I believe exist in today’s world.” he adds.

danish pavilion unveils transhuman installation 'we walked the earth' at venice art biennale
Uffe Isolotto, We Walked the Earth, Pavilion of Denmark, Biennale Arte, 2022

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danish pavilion unveils transhuman installation 'we walked the earth' at venice art biennale
Uffe Isolotto, We Walked the Earth, Pavilion of Denmark, Biennale Arte, 2022

image © designboom

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