Walking south to Italy has a long tradition in European art history. Many north-European artists since Renaissance times have traveled to Italy to study the arts, and due to limited resources they often walked. Taking a long walk at the end of your apprenticeship also has a long tradition among other European craftsmen. The Venice Biennial is arguably the most famous contemporary art exhibition in the world and it is considered a great honour for any artist to be showing there. But this road to Venice is long, unsafe and rocky. However, the challenge of taking on the real road to Venice shows striking parallels to an artist career. When just starting out as an artist, you may ask yourself: "Will I make it to Venice in the end?" But a whole mountain range separates you from that goal.But Clemens Wilhelm's video is more than this: the process of walking, the everchanging road itself and spending time with yourself seem equally important as the goal Venice. The Biennial as a goal becomes secondary, as the viewer starts to walk with him, picture by picture. The viewer starts to travel in his/her mind on his/her own imaginary path through strinkingly beautiful mountain ranges, green fields and sundrenched forests.
(Text by Art Critic Maria Cristina Calaflores, Berlin)
Clemens Wilhelm (DE)
Clemens Wilhelm is a multi media artist from Berlin who works mainly in video, photography and performance. He investigates notions of individuality and the interaction between the individual and society.