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The Fountain of Exhaustion. Acqua alta
Kateryna Chuyeva, Deputy Minister for European Integration of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine
Lizaveta German, Maria Lanko, Borys Filonenko
Pavlo Makov
from 23 april to 27 november

The Ukrainian Pavilion team believes the right to culture is paramount and, with the strong support of the Biennale and of the international art community, was able to be in Venice with a project by Pavlo Makov. The artwork was in Kiev at the time of the first bombing round; it was secured, moved to Venice, and finished here. The Fountain of Exhaustion is a kinetic sculpture made with 78 bronze funnels arranged in pyramid shape and placed over a platform. The water poured in each funnel is separated in two streams and feeds the lower funnels. Only a few drops make it to the bottom, a metaphor of dwindling natural resources and post-pandemic burnout, social media stress, and the destruction brought about by war.


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