John Waters is a member of the international jury for this year’s Venice Biennale. Selected by Biennale Director Bice Curige, Waters and fellow jurors are responsible for awarding this year’s Golden Lion, along with other prizes associated with the event. When he’s not making trashy films, collecting art, or performing stand-up, Waters teaches ‘Film and subculture’ at the European Graduate School in Switzerland.
(Above: an excerpt from Female Trouble, 1973, directed by John Waters)
From the depths of Henderson, Auckland, Creative New Zealand has released photographs of Michael Parekowhai’s work bound for the Palazzo Loredan dell’Ambasciatore (New Zealand’s site at this year’s Venice Biennale). The two bronze bull sculptures atop their piano plinths will flank the installation’s centrepiece, a carved Steinway piano entitled He Korero Purakau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu Story of a New Zealand River, that will be played regularly during the biennale. Parekowhai says: “performance is central to understanding (the work) because music fills a space like no object can.”
Click here to learn more about the New Zealand project in Venice.