Part 2 of 3 with impressions from exhibitions at The Venice Biennale 2019 outside Giardini and The Arsenale.
The 58th International Art Exhibition, titled “May You Live In Interesting Times”, is curated by Ralph Rugoff and organized by La Biennale di Venezia
Having grown steadily since its establishment in 1895, the Venice Art Biennale has become a city-wide event, with many works on show outside the two main exhibition venues, the Giardini and Arsenale.
This year’s biennale is titled May You Live In Interesting Times. According to curator Rugoff, the theme encourages artists to explore how art can be “a kind of guide for how to live and think” in today’s “precarious” world.
“At a moment when the digital dissemination of fake news and ‘alternative facts’ is corroding political discourse and the trust on which it depends, it is worth pausing whenever possible to reassess our terms of reference,” said the American curator.
Ralph Rugoff has declared: “May You Live in Interesting Times 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).”
The responses include a machine that sweeps blood and a refugee boat. Here are some of the best.
Filmed by Out of Sync | Venice May 2019
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Producer | Out of Sync
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