“Death in Venice” Biennale 2017

Gian Biagini

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This short essay presents the contingent and dramatic genesis of the Anartist (Anarchist Artist). The Anartist’s praxis consists of subversive and disruptive interventions in urban space that produce uncoded dissensus in the sensible partitions of the global city. The Anartist’s nomadic strategy unfolds in a line of flight between politics and sacred, single and multiple, counter-sorcery and subversion. This uncompromising attitude of proceeding on a nomadic and smooth edge of dangerous “sovereignty”, forcefully clashes with the fortress erected by today’s art-system - an exclusive, striated space dominated by capitalist logic and the rise of the “creative class”. This introduction is necessary to present the non-authorized interventions performed by the Anartist inside and around Venice Biennale 2017. The 3 interventions, especially “Death in Venice: Contemporary Chinese Slavery”, are dramatic reports on the transformation of an art institution, once considered the heretical temple of free expression, in a militarized cage of repression of every heterologous and anti-capitalist attitude.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-30
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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