Here you can see Part 6 out of 6 with impressions from The Arsenale on this years Venice Biennale – May You Live in Interesting Times…
The Exhibition May You Live in Interesting Times will focus on the work of artists who challenge existing habits of thought and open up our readings of objects and images, gestures and situations and will no doubt include artworks that reflect upon precarious aspects of existence today, including different threats to key traditions, institutions and relationships of the “post-war order.” But let us acknowledge at the outset that art does not exercise its forces in the domain of politics. Art cannot stem the rise of nationalist movements and authoritarian governments in different parts of the world, for instance, nor can it alleviate the tragic fate of displaced peoples across the globe (whose numbers now represent almost one percent of the world’s entire population).
But in an indirect fashion, perhaps art can be a kind of guide for how to live and think in ‘interesting times.’ The 58th International Art Exhibition will not have a theme per se, but will highlight a general approach to making art and a view of art’s social function as embracing both pleasure and critical thinking.
Camera + Editing Per Henriksen
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