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Nov - 2019

Venice Biennale Giardini Pavilions Part 2

May You Live in Interesting Times

If you didn’t have a change to see the Venice Biennale 2019 here are some impressions from the National Pavilions

“The title of this Exhibition could be interpreted as a sort of curse”, President Paolo Baratta stated, “where the expression ‘interesting times’ evokes the idea of challenging or even ‘menacing’ times, but it could also simply be an invitation to always see and consider the course of human events in their complexity, an invitation, thus, that appears to be particularly important in times when, too often, oversimplification seems to prevail, generated by conformism or fear. And I believe that an exhibition of art is worth our attention, first and foremost, if it intends to present us with art and artists as a decisive challenge to all oversimplifying attitudes.”

“Twenty years have passed since, in this same location, I presented my first Exhibition”, the President recalls, “after the Biennale underwent major reform in 1998. Let me tell you, they have been very interesting times. ‘Openness’ was our response to the many critics who accused the Biennale and its ‘national pavilions’ of being old-fashioned; in those years, cosmopolitanism and globalisation were in vogue. Now, twenty years later, some people raise the doubt that cosmopolitanism might also have been a way for dominant societies and economies to exert a sort of soft power.”

Camera + Editing Per Henriksen

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