Erica Firpo: Back Fom the Biennale, Venice 2013
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Venice. Floating city, contemporary art contradiction. In 1998 and 1999, I lived bi-coastalish between Venice, Italy and Los Angeles. I spent most of my time with my head in modern and contemporary art and my feet in unattractive, waterproof shoes. I had a love/hate relationship with the city. It was mysterious, humid, incomprehensible, beautiful and capricious. To me, it was that mellifluous Gemini in the form of a city -- giving you nothing and everything at once. In other words, the very perfect place to have a contemporary art festival.
The Venice Biennale is a six-month celebration of contemporary art, and in part a celebration of the ancient archipelago that refuses to be defined. Since 1895, the Biennale Gardens, then Arsenale and several palazzi across the islands have been reincarnating themselves bi-annually in country curated pavillions, galleries and exhibitions and pop-up venues throughout the Biennale and Venice. Pavilions act as setting and installation
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