Friday, May 22, 2015

Navigating Futures Past at the 2015 Venice Biennale

Is it all just too much? Or is Okwui Enwezor's all-encompassing, globally taxonomic theater of Neo-liberal capitalist excess and its Marx-critical discontents simply a way of saying something that needed to be said in an age when an art auction can bring down a billion bucks while fast food workers survive on food stamps? The Guardian's insightfully entertaining Adrian Searle has no direct answers but his perambulations are instructive. FYI: The "ditch digging convicts" mentioned in the second paragraph of the print review are by New Orleans photographers Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, and the central pavillion auditorium, site of the Das Kapital readings, was designed by David Adjaye, the architect of our Bywater-Marigny riverfront Crescent Park. Read the print article in the Guardian: Here.