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Like so much laundry hung out to dry in the lagoon breeze, political issues that light up the airwaves and social media are getting an open airing at the 58th Venice Biennale of contemporary art.Rugoff says contemporary art is particularly effective at unpacking today's specter of never-ending crises, by revealing complexity, ambiguity and conflicting emotions in a way that more traditional media often do not.Rugoff said during a walkthrough of the main exhibition.Many of the 79 artists invited to participate make very literal references to present-day woes.By staging art to comment on worldly events, Rugoff wants to create conversations and the Giardini Central Pavilion emits a vapor that is literally suggestive of thought processes, which in turn casts a veil of fog over the pavilion's facade, throwing the authority of that institution into question.In a Biennale that puts a real emphasis on the interactive experience of art, mist has emerged a preferred artistic medium across the exhibition's 90 national pavilions and several collateral events.According to curator Martha Kirszenbaum, the work reflects the artist's concern about climate change and ecology.
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