artnet news | Hettie Judah:
Artists and curators question the Biennale’s nation-state design at a time when populist and nationalist politics are on the rise. As we get closer to the Venice Biennale I’m reminded of the Ad Reinhardt cartoon where a fool, dressed in a suit and hat, points obtrusively at a Cubist painting, laughing: “Ha, ha. What does this represent?” The painting points back with a scowl, asking the man, who falls back in shock, “What do you represent?”
This same question comes to mind each time an email informs me that this or that artist is representing this or that country for the Venice Biennale. To be selected is an honor—what artist would reject a platform like Venice. But what exactly does it mean to “represent” a country? And what does it mean for a country not to be represented …read more
Image | ©Antoine Tempé | Koyo Kouoh, 2017.