This is Not a Game, Lorenzo Quinn Film

15 Jul 2011

Lorenzo Quinn is the exhibiting artist for the Italian Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, 2011.

This powerful and provocative installation by international sculptor Lorenzo Quinn is positioned across two different sites at the Biennale, the Italian Pavilion in the Arsenale, and San Servolo Island.

The first stage of the hard-hitting installation at San Servolo Island features a life-size 37 tonne T55 Russian battle tank and life-size cast ‘toy’ soldiers held by life-like giant hands cast in resin coated with ‘projected bronze’ which are poised in positioning the tank and soldiers, as a child would in play.

The second stage of the installation, exhibited at the Italian Pavilion, simulates a brick wall which has been blasted by gun fire from the tank’s pivotal gun turret, next to the simple, emphatically scrawled message, ‘THIS IS NOT A GAME’.