Helena Turgel

Helena Turgel

I've spent the last three years working for an art centre in West Wales, where I have been curating and coordinating the visual arts programme.

During this time I have become increasingly interested in the idea of presenting contemporary art to audiences who may not ordinarily encounter it, and the possibilities presented by placing works and exhibitions in different contexts (beyond the gallery). This has naturally led me towards an interest in the biennale format.

At the end of 2016, I worked in Sri Lanka with Alnoor Mitha, curator of the Colombo Art Biennale (CAB 2016).  It was valuable to be involved in the run up and to then witness the results and to have the opportunity to work with a number of local and international artists. 


Working in Venice for two months will be a good opportunity to view work across the biennale over an extended period of time.  Contrary to the usual biennale experience, I’m interested in slow viewing over the ‘supermarket sweep’ approach more common at these types of events; giving work the benefit of contemplation.  This feels like such a real luxury, but something that is possible for me on this occasion.

I have been thinking about interpretation, accessing meaning and people’s tolerance for ambiguity and will be exploring that.