I suspect this piece may cause some controversy.
It’s the wreck of the boat that carried between 700 and 1,100 refugees (not migrants) from Libya to the Italian island of Lampedusa. But it collided with a vessel that had responding to its distress call and all but 28 died.
The boat as artwork statement was conceived by the Swiss-Icelandic artist Christoph Büchel.
Organisers of the Biennale – the art world’s most prominent international gathering that opens to the public on Saturday hope it will prompt visitors to stand for two minutes in respect.
Jeana and I went to the Biennale two years ago and it is simply awesome. Amazingly it is also very affordable, not something you’d expect of Venice – from memory about €20 a day.
I think it could be a profoundly moving piece of work and I applaud it – especially in Italy, a country that can ill afford to take the brunt of the refugee crisis and so I applaud the Italian government and the Biennale team for this.
But I am sure it will have its critics.
What do you think?