People at the 56th Venice Biennale.
Squeezing through a crowd of art professionals at the the Giardini during the preview of the 56th Venice Biennale, I thought I’d like to know more about people around me and share their thoughts. So I decided to make the art world version of the project ‘Humans of New York‘.
“Here at the Biennale one has to get everything very quick, but art is not something you can grasp quickly” — Natassa Lianou and Ermis Chalvatzis, Greek architects from London
“I have only two hours to see everything at Giardini, but I can always come back” — Stephen Burks Man Made, industrial designer from NY
“I don’t know if I need to write down that I exist. I exist in seeing, talking and meeting people” — Dr. Ursula Schwitalla, Art Historian from Germany. On the picture with the artist Liu Jiakun.
“I take it easy. I am here to talk to people and spread my thoughts”
— Georg Kargl, Gallerist from Vienna
“We are just having fun here”
— Chris(artist), Carlotta (psychology graduate) , Rudi (artist), Lorenz (neuroscientist) and Han (business student) from Germany
“Is it comfortable to walk like this”
“I guess so”
—Feje and Lola
“One thing I learned: men leave their shoes on the right side and women on the left.”
— Kean Hughes, associate director at Hauser and Wirth from London outside the first Mosque in Venice. The Mosque is the official National Pavilion of Iceland at the Biennale.
“I always take the second cup of coffee or glass of wine in those lines at events and give it to someone at the end of the line”
— Peet Thomsen, curator and gallerist from Copenhagen
“Let’s take pictures of each other and post them on Facebook”
— Reem Shadid, Nawar Al Qassimi, Badr and Razan Jafar, Nayrouz Tatanaki and Eungie Joo. Talking to the visitors of the installation by the Pakistani artist Rashid Rana.
“What’s your phone number?”
At the installation by Rashid Rana. Exhibition “My East is your West”
“The art world is so hectic it’s good to stay out sometimes for a bit”
— Annie Jael Kwan, curator based in London
Today, I would say 90% of the people don’t know what they are buying. ‘Oh, my friend John has a chair painting, I must have a chair painting too… People who collected art in times knew what they were doing. They had time. You went and you saw a piece. And you went home and you thought about it. If you really liked it, the gallery would send it to you and say: ‘put it on your wall and see if you like it’. There was no pressure.
— Arnold Katzen, art advisor based in Brussels