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  • May 13, 2015

FIELD TRIP: Venice Biennale 2015 – “All The World’s Futures”

Given the racially fueled unrest making news in the United States, Israel and across Europe, Enwezor

Last week, the 56th edition of the ever-expanding Venice Biennale opened at countless sites across the sinking medieval city. With a three-tiered system, the Biennale is comprised of a central curated exhibition, national pavilions commissioned by governments or domestic art organizations, and collateral exhibitions, which pay steep licensing fees to be recognized as part of the Biennale’s programming (and are often commercial in nature). This year’s central exhibition, curated by the Nigeria-born director of Münich’s Haus der Kunst, Okwui Enwezor, and split between the Arsenale and the Central Pavilion in the Giardini, is the mood- and topic-defining event for the festival, which spins off into countless directions from there. (Two more slideshows in upcoming posts will look inside the national pavilions and then at the collateral exhibitions.)