Diana Al-Hadid at the 55th Venice Biennale

Brooklyn-based artist Diana Al-Hadid travels to the 55th Venice Biennale, where she tours the exhibition and speaks candidly with five of her peers about their work. “It is fascinating to see what problems other artists are solving,” says Al-Hadid, “and what curiosities they’re pursuing that sometimes feel very similar to the curiosities [I’m] pursuing.” In Venice, she interviews artists Jesper Just, Kimsooja, Mark Manders, and Katrín Sigurdardóttir. Back in Brooklyn, Al-Hadid video chats with fellow Art21 artist Ai Weiwei who is prohibited from leaving China; their conversation is accompanied by footage of Ai’s collateral exhibition in Venice.

Artists in this Episode

Ai Weiwei
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Ai Weiwei

B. 1957, Beijing, China
Lives and works in Beijing
Diana Al-Hadid
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Diana Al-Hadid

B. 1981, Allepo, Syria; Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

Jesper Just
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Jesper Just

B. 1974, Copenhagen, Denmark
Lives and works in New York, New York
Kimsooja
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Kimsooja

B. 1957, Taegu, South Korea
Lives and works in New York, New York

Mark Manders
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Mark Manders

B. 1968, Volkel, The Netherlands
Lives and works in Ronse, Belgium
Katrín Sigurdardóttir
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Katrín Sigurdardóttir

B. 1967, Reykjavik, Iceland
Lives and works between Reykjavik and New York

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Credits

Artist to Artist Created & Produced by: Ian Forster. Director: Susan Sollins. Editor: Morgan Riles. Cinematography: Stephanie Andreou, John Marton, Wesley Miller, & Jared Schiller. Sound: Ian Forster & Jared Schiller. Production Assistant: Joanne Dawson. Composer: Henry Terepka. Images courtesy: Diana Al-Hadid. Artists: Ai Weiwei, Diana Al-Hadid, Jesper Just, Kimsooja, Mark Manders, & Katrín Sigurdardóttir. Thanks: The Venice Biennale & Massimiliano Gioni. An Art21 Workshop Production. © Art21, Inc. 2013. All Rights Reserved.

About the Venice Biennale

Founded in 1895, the Venice Biennale is the world’s oldest and largest international exhibition of contemporary art. Organized similar to the World’s Fair, artists are chosen as “representatives” of their country of origin and exhibit their work in national pavilions. The 55th Venice Biennale, welcomed eighty-eight national participants and nearly one hundred and fifty artists. Organized by Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director of the New Museum in New York, he titled his edition of the Venice Biennale Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace). Gioni was inspired by the architect Marino Auriti who had imagined a museum by the same title that would house all worldly knowledge. The 55th Venice Biennale opened June 1, 2013 and closes November 24, 2013.


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