Troubled Waters

A vital resource and a habitat we have in common with other creatures, which we have harnessed to our own ends without heed to the environmental consequences, water has been of growing concern to artists and curators all over the world, partly due to the rising awareness of climate change, rising sea levels and other pressing ecological issues Continue reading Troubled Waters

Letter from Chicago

Dubbed the ‘living room of the city’, the former Central Public Library in Randolph Square housed a sizable portion of the Biennial’s offerings, dealing with gun violence, the need for affordable public housing, social equity, land and property ownership, environmental concerns and other issues Continue reading Letter from Chicago

Malta round-up

As the plane neared its destination — the Maltese islands, just south of Sicily — I noticed tankers dotted around what looked like an unusually shallow stretch of seawater. Later I found out we were cruising above a vast offshore anchoring area known as Hurd’s Bank, apparently the largest in Europe, which lends its name to a captivating film by Tobias Zielony. Continue reading Malta round-up

Yoan Capote

At the start of his 1943 poem “La isla en peso” [“The Weight of the Island”], Cuban writer Virgilio Piñera evokes the curse of being surrounded on all sides by water, likening it to a cancer. The same sense of entrapment is palpable in Yoan Capote’s Isla series, six of which are displayed around the front gallery room looking out onto the central Piazza della Cisterna. Continue reading Yoan Capote