Usines Fagor (Fagor Factories) Main Exhibition Venue
The largest venue for the Biennale, the Usines Fagor is the previous site where the Fagor household appliances were manufactured. If you’ve been to the Venice Biennale, think of this as Venice’s Arsenale – most of the artists exhibiting in Lyon can be found here. The factories themselves provide a maze of an experience as you weave in and out of buildings on the property. One such building houses one of my favorite works by Hans Op De Beeck – the interior is filled with an apocalyptic scene painted entirely in gray. Pictured here is a full wall of photographs by Taryn Simon. And throughout the site, you’ll find plenty of video works, such as by Julian Charrière of cinematically filmed icebergs. Don’t be alarmed if you start hearing human screeches and cries, though. That’s just a performance piece by Eszter Salamon.