Cecilia Alemani's celebrated 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, The Milk of Dreams, was an expansive exploration of time, ecology, gender and materiality. The exhibition included work by artists who have historically and continue to grapple with our physical and social relationship to animals, objects and the earth through speculation, fantasy and poetics. By emphasising the voices of women, trans, non-binary and First Nations artists, Alemani provided a unique and hopeful lens onto our current predicament and showed us art's capacity to question, intervene and heal.
Dr Suzie Fraser has responded to The Milk of Dreams for Art + Australia in two parts below. Firstly, Fraser interviewed Alemani, gaining valuable insights into her thinking and processes. And in her responsive text 'Textures From the Milk of Dreams' Fraser draws on the historical and tactile quality of the exhibition to imagine our broader material relationship to the planet.