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Thoughts On: Venice Biennale 2017 (Part Three: Lee Mingwei)

Lee MingweiThe Mending Project, Room Two (Pavilion of the Common), Arsenale, Venice Biennale 2017


It is January 2019, almost two years since this installation was on show in the Pavilion of the Common - part of the Arsenale Complex. In just over four months, on the 11th May 2019, the Venice Biennale 2019 will open. I intend to attend, of course, gathering thoughts and inspiration to feed into my writing and personal practice. For now, I continue to look back at a few of the stand-out works I saw sixteen months ago at La Biennale di Venezia Viva Arte Viva curated by Christine Macel.

The Mending Project has expanded from a personal coping strategy in the face of uncontrollable events, to an interactive international work. In 2001 the artist Lee Mingwei's partner was working at the Twin Towers in New York. When the planes hit, the artist assumed that he had lost his partner. In order to keep his hands busy with a useful task as he waited for news, he turned to his mending-pile: sewing …

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