Essere Venezia / Being Venice – Collective Art Performance

Elena’s aim, with her Collective Art Performances, is to create happiness, emotion and hope in people

regarding different aspects of their life and their city;as defence of traditions and culture, live as protagonist of their city and so on.

She decides to take the way of the personal active partecipation of people, who, all together , can create

a stunning, unforgettable and iconic image,

that will remain in their heart as an unique experience that will change their life for ever.

The design created is impressed also on the skin of the performers as an ancient tribal rite that connect all the partecipants souls.


September 20, 2015. A 100 meters white heart in St.Mark’s Square in Venice fow the 12th and final performance of “Venice Revealed”: the 2 years project conceived by the performative artist Elena Tagliapietra and the writer Alberto Toso Fei.

“Being Venice” a large collective performance conceived by the artist Elena Tagliapietra featuring hundreds of volunteers took place on Saturday, September 20 from 6-7:30PM on Saint Mark’s Square. Directly after the performance, at 8:00PM at Pescherio di Rialto, “Venetian Justice” was read by Alberto Toso Fei to mark the official closing of a 2 year long project.

Rassegna Stampa-Venezia Rivelata

Immagine anteprima YouTube

Non è il disegno, nella performance artistica collettiva ( Human aerial art) di Elena Tagliapietra, a connotarne l’unicità artistica, per quanto mirabile e stupefacenti possano risultare le immagini formate dalle persone, allo sguardo meravigliato che dall’alto lo contempla. 

Che sia cuore, rosa, stella o chissà che altro poco importa. E’ la ‘luce’, quella che Balzac chiamava la ‘ Fondue’  e von Hofmannsthal l’ ‘atmosfera’ ( si, in italiano), a connotarle. 

Ovvero quello sguardo lirico che tutto riflette in modo omogeneamente armonico, che nasconde tecnicismi abili e segreti, che pone in relazione le singole persone umane con il Tutto, con il Divino. Ed è il Tutto che noi rimiriamo di fronte alle performance collettive di Elena Tagliapietra, dove la forma si manifesta come festosa emozione di una relazione tra persone  spontanea e sapientemente orchestrata. A dimostrare che le specifiche, semplici umanità possono superare il loro limite e rapportarsi all’Universo, trasformandosi in luce pura, in gioia , in materia prima, esaltandosi in una complessità artistica di evocativa bellezza.

by Carlo Salvaderi


It is not the design, in the collective art performance (human aerial art) by Elena Tagliapietra, to connote artistic uniqueness, however wondrous and beautiful images can be formed by the people, to the wondered gaze that from aerial look at it.

It is the heart, the rose, the star or whatever, does not matter. It’s ‘the’ light ‘, what Balzac called the’ Fondue ‘and von Hofmannsthal’ s ‘atmosfera’ (yes, in Italian), to define them.

It’s that lyric look that reflects all so evenly balanced that hides technicalities skilled and secrets, which relates the individual human persons with the Whole, with the Divine. And it’s all that we admire facing the collective performances of Elena Tagliapietra, where form is manifested as festive excitement of a spontaneous relationship between people, skillfully orchestrated. To demonstrate that the specific, simple humanity can overcome their limits and relate to the Universe, turning into pure light, into joy, into raw material, exalting in an artistic complexity of evocative beauty.

By Carlo Salvaderi

Sunday, September 20th, has been presented a performance to show to the world the love Venetians have for their ancient yet modern city.  Featuring striking collective performance Essere Venezia – Being Venice followed by a selected reading from “Venetian Justice”.

The collective performance, conceived and directed by the artist Elena Tagliapietra, was made by a thousand Venetians who met at St. Mark’s at 6 pm and who, following the artist’s instructions, formed the shape of a heart that began to glow after sunset first with some cracks that eventually disappeared as the entire heart illuminated. Revealing the unmatched expression of love “del cuore” the Venetians have for their unique city.

All of the participants were dressed in white, the color of purity, justice, hope and enlightenment recalling the long history of the human rights struggle in the Republica Serenissima. All of the participants wore a signature heart on their faces provided by many volunteer face painters. The high number  of face paintings could actually be a World Record. Each volunteer received as a gift a white umbrella which was used to create the unique visual of the pulsing heart. Inside the heart were shown also some dance performances of local associations involved in the project during these years.

The performance culminates in a beating heart with a three-dimensional effect never seen before in this square projecting true feeling and creating a beating heart in a jeweled case. The spontaneous applause heard from the inside of the heart illustrated the deep emotional experience that the participants shared. After the creation of the coloured huge “bocolo” (rosebud) in 2014, this image will go circle the world on social media highlighting the deep love between Venetians and their city.

Writer Alberto Toso Fei recounted stories from Venetian history. First with a flash reading in St. Mark’s square and additional readings beginning at 8:30PM at Pescheria Rialto. He talked about the laws that Venice has issued through the course of its history. Venice was the first State to abolish slavery in 960AD, the first to regulate the use of child labor at the end of the 14th century. The first State to recognize intellectual property with the creation of the first “copyright” and the First State to enact laws to protect the rights of women.

During the reading in Rialto Venetian Justice, videos of the previous performances that presented by many local and international charities that helped make this project possible. The international association partner of this performance is The Chelko Foundation of Atlanta, represented by Development Director Ken Goldwasser. The Foundation exists to empower women through art, education and partnership working for an and to gender discrimination and violence against women and girls. Another partner of this performance is Rialto Mio promoting local culture and the participation of Venetians, particularly children and seniors, to the popular happenings of the city.  The event has also obtained the patronage of the World Bodypainting Association. .

There will be a reception after the closing ceremony sponsored by Osteria VecioPozzo in collaboration with Iperdrink and Flairtender. Offering a tipical venetian buffet. The founders say: “Time has come for all Venetians, who love this city to fight to keep it alive and return it to the people”.

This final performance of Venice Revealed draws to a close over two years of partnership with other major Venetian festivals including Redentory, The Historical Regatta, Festa Di San Martino, the Carneval of 2014, Natali di Venezia, Festa Del Bocolo, Festa Della Sensa, 71st Exhibition of Cinema, The Burano Regatta, Befane Regatta, and Carnival 2015.

Venice Revealed  is produced in collaboration with Vela Spa, organizational support by 2erre Organizzazioni and the patronage of the Venice Department of Culture. Musical compositions for all Venice Revealed events were created by Mattia Corso.

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Performance by Elena Tagliapietra

Reading by Alberto Toso Fei
Production: 2erre Organizations
Music: Mattia Corso
Video: Andrea Rizzo

In partnership with Vela S.p.A.
sponsored by the City of Venice
under the patronage of The Chelko Foundation

Thanks to :
Sponsor facepaing colors: Diamond Fx
Sposor buffet: Ostaria Vecio Pozzo
Sponsor Umbrellas: Al Duca d’Aosta

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