Douglas’s photographs are a technological masterclass. He has turned chaotic scenes into dramatic tableaus of impossible detail. They are peans, in sound and light, to what is increasingly a truism: art at its best is an act of resistance.
Stan Douglas: 2011 ≠ 1848 takes place across two venues in Venice, a first for Canada’s presentation at the Biennale Arte. Four large-scale photographs are on view in the Canada Pavilion in the Giardini, and a major new two-channel video installation is presented in the Magazzini del Sale No. 5, a sixteenth-century salt warehouse on Dorsoduro.
An installation view of Stan Douglas's 2011 ≠ 1848, at Magazzini del Sale No. 5, part of the Canadian Pavilion
Photo: Jack Hems; courtesy of the artist, the National Gallery of Canada, Victoria Miro and David Zwirner