Textiles and Contexts: Reflections on Classical Aesthetics and Mythological Metaphors in Yiqing Yin’s Installation “In–Between," Venice Biennale 2013

By Nava Sevilla Sadeh.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Theory and History

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Yiqing Yin’s installation “In-Between” at the Venice biennale 2013 appeared in the center of the Venice pavilion space. This image, of enormous dimension, resembles a vision that recalls pagan epiphanies in mythology and art. The elegant elongated figure is linear in a way that calls to mind visual images from a more distant heritage. Moreover, metaphors of fabrics and threads, as well as mythical weavers, are very common in Greek mythology. The reference to the Classical heritage accords with the main curatorial concept of the whole exhibition titled, “the Encyclopedic Palace." The present research is comparative in nature, belonging to the realm of Reception Studies, and is based upon a premise according to which the knowledge of the past is relevant in its potential for contribution to the understanding of the present. This analysis of Yin’s installation in reference to Classical artistic comparisons and mythological literary metaphors reveals meanings pertaining to the social-gender and spiritual contexts, and aims to extend the implications of Yin’s work in accordance with the curatorial concept underlying the 55th biennale exhibition.

Keywords: Mythology, Reception Studies, Feminism

The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 10, Issue 4, December, 2015, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: June 30, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.130MB)).

Dr. Nava Sevilla Sadeh

Teaching Fellow, Department of Art History, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel