Artist Jane Lawson responds to Martin Holman’s brief “Don’t look now. For artists’ integrity, Venice is the knife-wielding dwarf in the red hooded coat”
Venice: so seductive, so glorious. Who wouldn’t want to be in the Biennale? And yet – with a list of corporate sponsors as long as your arm and dealers and foundations funding both national pavilions and individual exhibitions – participation in the Biennale binds artists inextricably to a financial system based on increasing inequality. That’s not even to mention the enormous resource use and carbon footprint of the event. It can be rationalised, but can it be justified?
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