• Bean

    For another review of Manifesta 9, check out Leigh Markopoulos’ excellent summary on Art Practical. Snip:

    “In a similar way, Manifesta 9, by attempting to blur the boundaries of
    art and industry, unfortunately instead raises the question of what
    art or curators really have to offer as socio-political critique…

    The second floor is mainly the purview of the art
    historian Ades, who undertakes an investigation into the intersections
    between mining and art history and presents artworks in a variety of
    media. A somewhat over-scrupulous adherence to the theme renders the
    overall effect one of a Google search for ‘coal + art.'”

    http://www.artpractical.com/feature/a_quinquennial_and_two_biennials/

  • john

    Funny, just read the Manifesta review. It doesn’t say that non-EUR
    miners are not the norm–as per your bone to pick– but it say that
    blending Turkish and Belgian miners in a multi-culti way is politically
    correct.

    • Will Brand

      The implication of “politically correct” is that you’ve gone out of your way to accommodate some group for no particularly good reason, or else sacrificed something for the sake of not causing offense. I don’t think the curators put prayer rugs in the show to avoid protests by Turkish coal miners, because that doesn’t make any sense. I think they put miner stuff next to other miner stuff, like they put coal-related sculpture next to coal-related drawing. Putting separate but related things in the same space isn’t being politically correct, it’s just curating.

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