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El País - Spain | 18/10/2007

Political violence on the Venice Biennale prize list

On October 17th, the jury of the 52nd Venice Biennale announced its prize list. Among the artists awarded prizes are the Argentinian Léon Ferrari, the Palestinian Emily Jacir and the Bulgarian Nedko Solakov. Catalina Serra notes that the prize winners all share an interest in violence. "Time has shown that it is possible to write poetry after Auschwitz, but last century's violence has affected people's imaginations and blown apart the ivory tower of artists obliged to create amid storms. Often politics cease being a theme and become the key objective of works that try to get through to the political conscience of public opinion. Artists resort to direct or metaphorical denunciation of violence and make do with a contradictory system that would clearly have preferred they remained shut up in an ivory tower, even if this means rebuilding one out of Plexiglas."

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