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7th May 2024

60th Venice Biennale Review: Who Can Judge?

Each Venice Biennale opens to complaints; considered judgements are for later. This year’s show features artists who are often excluded: “artists of the Global South, the art of Indigenous people, the work of queer artists, of folk artists”. Puzzles the writer, how do we look at such diverse work and how should we value it? Shouldn’t a large show such as Venice be helping people to find “what they have in common”? Despite the inevitable rhetoric, it is “an oddly comfortable show”.