AES+F | BIEN­NALE OF BONI­FA­CIO #2

Roma Amor
The Fall of Empires
Bien­nale of Boni­fa­cio #2


May 10th to Novem­ber 2nd, 2024
De Rena­va
Boni­fa­cio, Cor­si­ca, France

Run by De Rena­va, the Bien­nale of Boni­fa­cio takes place every two years in the emblem­at­ic citadel of the city, nes­tled in dif­fer­ent her­itage sites and with­in spe­cial­ly designed lodges. The Bien­nale hosts art­works by inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned artists and part of its pro­gram­ming is ded­i­cat­ed to the island’s cre­ative scene. For 6 months, the exhi­bi­tion invites the pub­lic to dis­cov­er hid­den gems and to renew their view of the city.


By look­ing to the Mediter­ranean past, the exhi­bi­tion attempts to grasp the mys­te­ri­ous prophe­cy at work in the mech­a­nism of the fall of empires. In par­tic­u­lar, it high­lights the dialec­ti­cal inter­play between deca­dence and eman­ci­pa­tion, van­dal­ism and hero­ism, or ruin and foun­da­tion. These are the stages that always accom­pa­ny the inevitable ques­tion­ing of every civil­i­sa­tion.

The art­works have been cho­sen for their equiv­o­cal beau­ty, as well as for their com­mit­ment which is not lim­it­ed to a his­tor­i­cal read­ing of the theme, but rather approach­es empire’ as an enti­ty of polit­i­cal, moral or cul­tur­al dom­i­na­tion that needs to be re-exam­ined. The exhi­bi­tion takes vis­i­tors on a jour­ney through time to the heart of Boni­fa­cio’s her­itage, a city that was the tar­get of many pow­ers (Pisan, Genoese, Aragonese, etc.) and even the tem­po­rary home of a future emper­or: Napoleon Bona­parte.

AES+F will present the 3‑channel video instal­la­tion of The Feast of Trimalchio.


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