McQueen at the Venice Biennale

A still from McQueen's film, Giardini

A still from McQueen's film, Giardini

I was interested to read about the work that artist Steve McQueen has created for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He has chosen to make a 40 minute film of Venice called, Giardini that has been described as a ‘romantic, lyrical, melancholic film that shows Venice hazed through mists and sunsets, dripped in wintry rain’.

I enjoyed reading about this because I can understand how difficult it must be to approach a place that is so heavily recorded by the camera. Apparently the film is made of minute moments, fragments of the overlooked rather than the cliche scenes of canals and St.Marks Square. As McQueen rather succinctly puts it:

“It is about looking,” he said. “What it does is encourages you to look again.”

Im looking forward to the chance of seeing it some time on the future

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