The world’s biggest art festival in Venice kicked off in style with an interesting title. The Venice Art Biennale started with an interesting concept this year with its theme ‘ May you live in interesting times’ and it is curated by Ralph Rugoff of Hayward Gallery from London.
Martin Puryear, at the United States Pavilion, worked on the theme of Liberty where he used several objects beautifully in a number of natural materials. Some of them resembled the cage while the others denoted the caps worn by the soldiers and prisoners. There were also several historical images related to war, migration, and slavery.
Canada, on the other hand, chose to represent its country through its first Inuit artist. The various installations that were put up in the show included videos of various Inuits talking about their situation on forced relocation and also the recreation of one of the events in the Baffin Island when an Inuit family was forced to move from their land.
This time the world’s biggest art festival saw the participation of Ghana as well for the first time. Apart from these countries many countries also participated in different environmental issues, the relation between humans and non-humans. The participation of several countries in the festival creates a unique platform for artists to display their works in the most innovative and colorful ways.
Apart from the Biennale, there are several sidebar events too. Joseph Kosuth, the American colossal of conceptual art was also in town to present a book based on his works.