Floating artistic ideas on the City of Canals
Fake news gets a makeover at the International Venice Biennale Art Exhibition
A view of the Russian pavilion, represented by the artist Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai, at the 58th International Venice Biennale art exhibition.
Photo: Giuseppe Cottini/NurPhoto/AFP
There is nothing fake about this.
In the era of “fake news” and social media echo chambers, the Venice Biennale art fair is challenging preconceived biases by suggesting other ways of contextualizing modern society’s biggest issues.
“What elevates art into something special is the fact that it resists closed mentalities,” the international exposition’s artistic director, American Ralph Rugoff, said.
The theme of the world’s most prestigious art gathering is May You Live in Interesting Times, an apocryphal ancient Chinese curse that Rugoff pointed out that uncannily captures the world today.
“At a moment when the digital dissemination of fake news and ‘alternative facts’ is corroding political discourse and trust … it is worth pausing whenever possible to reassess our terms of reference,” he said.
For the 2019 show, which runs until November 24, 79 artists have been invited to Italy’s City of Canals.
Included in the array of talent are China’s Sun Yuan and Peng Yu. Their “Dear” installation is a mock-up of the Lincoln Memorial’s marble throne being thrashed by a rubber hose inside a glass case – a violent and futile exercise evoking the modern-day attraction to psychotic, phallic power.
The artists, renowned for their provocative creations, are also exhibiting “Can’t Help Myself,” a caged robotic arm which futilely attempts to sweep up a blood-like fluid.
– reporting by AFP