Venice Biennale: Grazia Toderi


Grazia Toderi’s 2009 work, Orbite Rosse, is featured in this year’s Venice Biennale as a part of the Making Worlds exhibition. Its two video screens feature images of cities captured at night from an aerial perspective. Toderi’s use of video, which uses light to create compositions, marries well with his choice to depict cities brightly lit at night. The resulting abstraction of these far-away cityscapes is celestial. The city lights form their own galaxies of light, which sparkle across the video screen in an exceptional aesthetic creation. These celestial qualities are underscored by the orbs at the center of both screens and the title of the work, which translates to ‘red orbits.’

Grazia Toderi was inspired to create Orbite Rosse by Italo Calvino’s 1972 book Invisible Cities and Jacopo de’ Barbari’s map, Venetie MD from about 1500. Both of these works create imaginative views of cities, which Toderi draws inspiration from and imbues with his own contemporary spin. Toderi’s aerial perspective of cityscapes illustrate the smallness of our own artificial worlds.

Grazia Toderi was born in Padua, Italy in 1963. His work is exhibited internationally, including recently at the Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Serralves, Portugal (2008) and the Miami Art Museum (2006). Toderi is represented by the Galleria f a Projects in London, Gio Marconi in Milan, and the Galleria S.A.L.E.S. in Rome. He lives and works in Milan and Turin, Italy.

Orbite Rosse will be on display in the Venice Biennale’s Arsenale venue through 22 November 2009.