May 17, 2019
Don’t you ever forget how the poor migrants suffered!
Here, stare at this ugly boat why don’t you?
Critics have hit out at the use of the hull of the ship, in which hundreds of migrants drowned, at the Venice Biennale.
The fishing vessel sank on its trip from Libya to Italy in 2015 and at least 700 people, many from Africa, died as a result.
Swiss-Icelandic artist Christoph Büchel brought the boat to the Biennale which opened to the public at the weekend.
He said that his exhibit, Barca Nostra (Our Boat), was intended to be “a monument to contemporary migration”.
It was the Mediterranean’s deadliest shipwreck in living memory and happened in the middle of the European migrant crisis, which peaked in 2016 with an estimated 5,096 people dying or going missing trying to cross the Mediterranean – the highest number ever recorded.
The spirit of Hitler rose from the watery depths to sink these migrants.
I could be wrong, but it looks like the same boat that the Fuhrer sunk.
Hard to say.
But I do think it has a certain junkyard aesthetic charm to it.
Millennial sunbathers seem to think that it’s part of some urban renewal project and are treating it with the irreverence that it deserves.
And this is a problem.
People are making light of the rusty boat.
“I found Büchel’s appropriation of the boat in which so many migrants lost their lives a vile and mawkish spectacle in the context of the Biennale.
“The best one can say of Büchel’s intervention is that it brings us face to face with death. Biennale visitors pause to take selfies in front of it.”
How people interact with the boat has appeared to alarm observers.
Ppl networking obliviously by the migrant boat, peak artworld pic.twitter.com/jbOCCTP9EW
— Martin Herbert (@MartinLHerbert) May 9, 2019
Matthew Mpoke Bigg from the UN refugee agency points out that people were “sipping aperitifs at a nearby cafe in the sunshine, some apparently ignorant of the horror of what happened there”.
Calling it the “most troubling” exhibit at the Biennale, Cristina Ruiz in the Art Newspaper gives an explanation why art lovers may not be acting in the sombre way some might expect.
“So many, if not most, exhibition goers will eat and drink in the shadow of this ship with absolutely no idea of the tragedy that unfolded there.”
It’s literally another Holocaust.
White people are not taking this moral condemnation of themselves and everything they stand for seriously.
Soon, they’re going to be doing yoga on the rusty ship’s deck.
This is outrageous behavior.
Why does a generation raised on apathy and nihilism not care about what they’re supposed to care about anymore?
It is truly a conundrum.