I was recently asked to write a review of the Venice Biennale for Art South Africa Magazine, and I found the process of writing really difficult. Firstly I had some reservations about writing something about an event that have already been chewed so thoroughly. Secondly I have been harboring an ambivalence and latent cynicism about the rituals of the art world, part fascinated and excited by it all, and partly revolted by the power games, money and shallowness of so much of it. My third reservation was that I submitted a curatorial proposal for the South African Pavilion, which was not successful. The potential conflict of interest, and critical distance to review the Pavilion also posed an ethical dimension, which I hopefully clarified.
I think I ended up writing a convoluted piece, and at the time of writing this blog post, not sure if it has been published. I will at some point upload it here too.
But, as my intention of the blog side of this site is to publish lists, I thought, as a first of a couple of lists I made about Venice, to try and remember everyone that I met during the couple of days on the island. A primary motivation for most attendees, is of course the networking, so I will be transparent about my complicity. The list is not complete – I keep on remembering people, so if I have left you off the list, please forgive me. To qualify for inclusion on the list, we had to exchange at minimum a mutual nod, if we are already acquainted. For new people I met, we had to shake hands, exchange a business card, or a friendly little chat.
|Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung|
|Elke aus dem Moore|
|Hank Willis Thomas|
|Hilde & Buso Bartels|
|Isabelle du Moulin|
|Laurie Anne Farrell|
|Marjolein van Zanten|
|Paul McCabe and his parents|
|Sam & Doreen Nhlengethwa|
|Stefano Rabolli Pansera|
|Tessa de Caters|
*Updated to 83 names on 19 August 2013
** Updated to 84 names on 21 August 2013