In 2015 a fishing ship sank in the Mediterranean; over 800 migrants died, locked in the hull of that boat. That boat has now been delivered to this year’s Art Biennale in Venice by artist Christoph Büchel and sits, titled “Barca Nostra” (Our Boat), as a contemporary art object. So ‘edgy’, so ‘provocative’, so ‘challenging’…
This attitude, that nothing is beyond commodification, has clearly now peaked. It is the ultimate exemplar of the decadence, cynicism and moral vacuity of contemporary art-world capitalism; absolutely everything is now spectacle. Enabled and celebrated by the same cultural vanguard that assign value by cost, applaud supposed artistic perspicacity with words of intentional obscurantism and spit on anything they themselves have not permitted into their pantheons.
The head of the Biennale, Paulo Baratta, stated that the wreck, the coffin, the site of human tragedy would be in “a quiet site, sheltered from noise” and be “an invitation to silence and meditation”…
Quite… and so everything just turns into another grotesque photo opportunity.
3 thoughts on “Venice Biennale – let it sink”
Well said! This « art » is just grotesque and sordid. Thank you for speaking out.
This reminds me of selfies at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin…
“It,s all bout the shot baby!!” Cit. .. 🤔 … Alot
The “Plot has been officially lost … here in Ireland this year a lady lost their head in a car accident .. Her family found out of her death via “Social media .. posts from the scene before police were even on the spot
We have to be high up there on the “Most despicable tenants in the history of evolution Guy
“Accountability ~ Core Values ~ Actually giving one single fuck … I think they ran out the door when .. “Because I’m worth it” ran in … Followed fast by “I’m a unique unicorn”
How I’m going to even try an explain “The utter selfishness and a billion other “Traits of Man to my grandchildren has me nauseous daily … Because I can’t get my head around so much of “Life …. How the hell can we … “Sell that amount of crap … Of our “Today’s and expect any “Innocent pure child to [which they all are @ birth] … to “Buy it
Keep On Sailing Strong In The Shit Ponds Guy ✊ … In the ways that “Can’t be ignored … 🙏
Hope Hope Hope … Can’t be allowed to fail the fallen/pushed …. and “The Living … In The Madness