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On Venus by P. Staff at the Venice Biennale. Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian
On Vīṇs bî P. Staf at ɖ Venis Bienāle. Foṭgraf: Devid Lvīn/Ɖ Gardịn

Ɖ Gardịn vy on ɖ Venis Bienāle: snśụs n sirịs

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Guardian on Thursday 28 April 2022)

Ɖ lêtist idiśn v ɖ art xbiśn fīdz ol ɖ snsz. It fīlz xacli rît fr nǎ

Ʈrzde, 28 Epril 2022

Ɖ  2022 Venis Art Bienāle b’laiz its nem. Dleid bî ɖ pandemic, it z ʈri rɖr ɖn tū yirz sins ɖ prīvịs idiśn, ẃć bòr ɖ fōrbodñ tîtl Me Y Liv In Inṭrestñ Tîmz. Ɖ enćnt Ćînīz crs srtnli wrct.

Cecilia Alemani, ɖ Ny Yorc-best Itałn kretr v ɖ 59ʈ idiśn, ẃć opnd on Saṭde, ɖus hd xtra tîm t priper hr xbiśn, ẃć okpîz ɖ larj sntṛl pviłn in ɖ siti’z Giardini, az wel az ɖ imns spesz v an old rop-mcñ facṭri in ɖ nirbî Arsenale. It śoz. Hr dīp rsrć hz pṛdyst an unyẓ́li chiṛnt śo, ẃć, asd fṛm ɖ ec̣rij v ny art, olso dīpnz its frem v refṛns bî śowñ historic wrc, ofn bî sriylists sć az Îʈl Chūn, Doṛʈīa Tanñ n Remedios Varo. Sć artists prīfigr Mz Alemani’s cntmprri priokpeśnz: ɖ bodi in transfmeśn, meṭmorḟsis, ɖ wrld cnsidrd fṛm a pspctiv uɖr ɖn ɖt v ɖ ẃît mel.

Ɖ rzult z an xbiśn 90% crietd bî wimin, alñ wɖ sm nonbîṇri n trnzjndr artists. Ɖs z a c’rectiv t ɖ doṃneśn v mel artists in ɖ Venis Bienāle evr sins its fǎndeśn in 1895, n it z ecoud in ɖ ćôsz bî indivijl cuntriz v artists fr naśnl pviłnz, wɖ ɖ YS, Frans, ɖ YC, Jrṃni, Poḷnd, R’meńa, Scotḷnd n mni uɖr mć-dscust śoz ol in ɖ handz v wimin.

F ɖr wr an oṿol mūd or spirit hir, it wd b wn v cooṗreśn n frendśp: rer r ɖ artists hu hv vaḷrîzd wrcñ in r’mantic, stǒicl îṣleśn. Alberta Ẃitl, reprizntñ Scotḷnd, tōcs v hr “acumpḷsz”, fṛm dansrz t historịnz, hu hv c’laḅretd wɖ hr t mc hr film; Roma artist Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, hu okpîz ɖ Pǒliś pviłn, hz stićt xtrordnri paćwrc “frescoz” wɖ ɖ hlp v fīmel felosowrz; Goldn Layn winr Sońa Bôs hz pśt hrslf t ɖ bacgrǎnd in ordr t śǒces ɖ taḷnts v blac fīmel voc̣lists n cmpozrz in hr pviłn fr Britn.

Anɖr consiqns v ɖ pandemic on Mz Alemani’z xbiśn, phps an unconśs wn, z its snśụsnis. Ɖt z dspt ɖ fact ɖt it wz mnli rsrćt bhnd a scrīn, wɖ ɖ acustmd stydiovizits ocŕñ vrć̣li. Ɖ xbiśn z fl v sculpćrz ɖt beg t b vyd fṛm evri angl n admîrd in ol ɖer fiẓcaḷti, ɖer txćrdnis, ɖer sjsćn v tuć. Īvn ɖ film n vidio wrcs tnd t hv a mtirịl fīl, smtmz bcz v ɖ setñ in ẃć ɖe r śoun, sć az P. Staf’s oṿẃlmñ c’lîḍscop v culrz set in a mirrd rūm, in ẃć ɖ frīqnt vayḷns v ɖ cntnt z b’laid bî ɖ byti v ɖ dstortd iṃjz. An rʈ mêz bî Clumbịn artist Delcy Morelos mt at frst cōl t mînd ɖ posminiṃlist Rʈ Rūm bî Americn sculptr Wōltr di Mrīa – xpt ɖt ś hz add tbaco, coco, clovz n uɖr spîsz t ɖ sôl, sć ɖt ɖ xpirịns z sductivli olfactri.

Ɖs z art ɖt z t b xpirịnst “wɖ ɖ fŭlnis v ɖ bodi”, Mz Alemani tld ɖ Gardịn last wīc. Aftr tū yirz v fizicl dīraṣnaśn, fṛm ć uɖr az wel az fṛm art, it z xacli ẃt fīlz nīdd nǎ.

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