Visiting the Biennale this year was very emotional as it is the first one after the pandemic. It is a truly feminist celebration and an exploration of what happens when we focus on relationships and care rather than on things.
Sonia Boyce gives the microphone to women in Feeling Her Way, and celebrates their voices, particularly the contribution of black women to music. The show reels you in with eye candy colours and patterns, but it is, I think, a sound piece in its own right, asking people to slow down and listen to the beautiful interactions and provocations between the singers. The use of gold (always problematic in fine art) is absolutely spot on.
Great Britain Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Margorzata Mirga-Tas presents Re-enchanting the World at Poland's Pavilion, where she investigates with thread and fabric the culture of the Roma, one of the largest European minorities. She explores ideas of rebuilding relationships and communities through non-violent processes, in which 'women play an important role'.
But the Belgian Pavilion is my favourite so far. Francis Alÿs explores childhood play as a solitary and communal activity, and how games can offer children spaces to practice imagination, cooperation and problem-solving processes.