American artist Christian Holstad has been invited by curator Milovan Farronato to create a site-specific installation inspired by the theme of marine protection from plastic waste pollution. Presented by FTP Industrial at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (9–11 May 2019) situated on the water of the Grand Canal, and from 12 May–12 June 2019 in the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice courtyard. 'A past neighbour had a sign on their door which read "Consider yourself a guest". I walked past it each day for years and it became an unintended mantra,' says Holstad. 'Our dependence on plastics is not sustainable. Its effects are swelling into continents in our waters. Consider yourself a guest (Cornucopia) is a reflection of our impact on the planet and our consumptive roles within the growing plastic mass.'
On the occasion of the opening of Swiss Institute’s new home at 38 St. Marks Place, SI has commissioned and borrowed a series of semi-permanent works and installations exhibited in non-gallery spaces of the building. In the reception area, reading room, stairways, hallways, roof, elevator and other interstitial spaces, artists have contributed to the daily life of the building with artworks in the form of plants, scents, curtains, murals, clothing, seating, a visitor survey and more.