Australian artist takes activism to Venice

Joining forces with 2022 Nobel Peace Prize winning organisation, Memorial, Nina Sanadze has recreated a powerful monument to invite reflection.

Soviet born Australian artist and 2021 churchie emerging art prize winner, Nina Sanadze is taking an artwork of political activism to Venice where it will be staged outside the Russia Pavilion at Venice Biennale grounds.

Together with 2022 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Russian human rights organisation Memorial, Sanadze will stage the work Returning the Names to highlight the names of victims of political repression.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram: @lleizy_