Asia has become the dominant continent in terms of maritime trade. Dominated by China, it has most of the world’s most connected ports. Where the city sprawls on water, concrete and steel create a shifting megalopolis, made up of mega-structures that are out of scale.
James Gray’s film presents an almost mythological quest, similar to Telemachus seeking Ulysses. Far from Itaque, it offers a set of visual atmospheres letting us plunge into the solitude of the infinitely large, into the despair of the infinitely empty.
For its first participation in the Venice Biennale, in 2018, the Vatican offers a clerical oasis as a pavilion. Divided into ten chapels, each one is designed by a renowned architect. Inspired by the chapel in the wood by Gunnar Asplund, built in Stockholm in 1920, they aim to reflect what a chapel means in the 21st century.