Fred Wilson: Speak of Me as I Am
The United States will be represented at the 50th Venice Biennale by an artist known for questioning accepted notions of “truth” via combinations of historical artifacts, art objects, film, video, audio and altered museum labels. Fred Wilson’s U.S pavilion will deal with Renaissance Venice and the role black Africans played in what was then the most cosmopolitan and ethnically diverse city in the world. Part of Wilson’s exhibition will focus on the more personal themes of sadness and regret and will include new individual works and an installation about the legend of Othello, the Moor of Venice. A fully-illustrated 66-page catalogue. Produced by the MIT List Visual Arts Center, it features acknowledgements by Jane Farver; essays by Paul H.D. Kaplan and Salah Hassen; and an interview of Kathleen Goncharov and Fred Wilson. The catalogue is accompanied by a CD documenting Fred Wilson’s work in Venice.