Philadelphia-based art historian Deborah Barkun talks about the pleasure and critical thinking that she discovers each time she explores the Venice Art Biennale and collateral events. Through her eyes, we understand that the venerated exhibition never fails to bring together a complex constellation of art encounters—always stimulating the senses and challenging the mind, always offering a glimpse into our contemporary psyche.
We revisit sonic encounters at the 57th Venice Art Biennale, when Italy was the first stop on our six-week Fresh Art International field expedition. In May 2017, preview days for the global exhibition presented an ephemeral opportunity to record the voices of curators, artists, and sounds of installations, performances and events. This episode features our experiences in the pavilions of France, Germany and Nigeria, and our walk through Egyptian artist Hassan Khan’s outdoor sound environment.
Art historian and curator Deborah Barkun introduces an episode from her Fresh Art International playlist: Our conversation with Ivorian artist Joana Choumali, first released on April 30, 2018.