‘Correction’ by Ignasi Aballí
MAIO 

‘Correction’ by Ignasi Aballí

MAIO 


Correction is the project that the artist Ignasi Aballí (Barcelona, 1958) is presenting in the Spanish Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, to take place from 23 April to 27 November 2022.

Under the curatorship of Bea Espejo, the project addresses a supposed error in the location of the Spanish Pavilion building – at one of the corners of the Giardini, close to the entrance into the Biennale grounds. It is slightly skewed with respect to the neighboring pavilions, and because it stands so close to one of these, their walls seem to touch. Aballí addresses what would happen if our pavilion were moved to align with the constructions next to it. The architectural intervention at a scale of 1:1 corrects its position by executing a 10-degree turn of its structures, achieving the desired alignment with its neighbors. In this way, a new building is embedded within another, and the original indoor exhibition space blurs and becomes something like a rethought labyrinth mixing old walls with the new ones resulting from the artist’s ‘twist.’ The architectural work inside the Spanish Pavilion has been carried out with the collaboration of the Barcelona firm MAIO Architects, led by María Charnexo, Alfredo Lérida, Guillermo López, and Anna Puigjaner.

Aballí’s project has two parts. The second involves the publication of six small guides which correct the more touristy image of the Italian city. These books are available at various points of the Biennale and the city at large. A map obtainable in the Spanish Pavilion tells where each guide can be had, inviting visitors to venture out to the Guardini to look for them.

Spain’s participation in the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia is organized by AECID and AC/E.

Fotos de Claudio Franzini. Cortesía de AECID