A visually sumptuous film of thirty minutes, Steve McQueen’s Giardini (2009) comprises two side-by-side projections of a series of evocative vignettes that play out in the shadow of the Venice Biennale. This essay offers a close reading of the film, drawing out its unexpected intertwinement of aesthetics and politics.
Research Article|November 01 2010
Steve McQueen’s Giardini: A Fairy Tale
T. J. Demos
T. J. Demos
T. J. Demos is a critic and a reader in the Department of Art History, University College London, whose essays have appeared in various international publications, including Artforum, Grey Room, October, and Texte zur Kunst. Recently the director of the London-based research project “Zones of Conflict: Rethinking Contemporary Art during Global Crisis” (2008–9), he is currently a research fellow at the Flemish Academic Centre for Science and the Arts in Brussels, where he is working on a new book on contemporary art and globalization
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Nka (2010) 2010 (27): 6-13.
T. J. Demos; Steve McQueen’s Giardini: A Fairy Tale. Nka 1 November 2010; 2010 (27): 6–13. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10757163-2010-27-6
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