Barging In to Venice 2009
The Brooklyn artist Swoon and her merry band of anarchists from deepest Bushwick are invading the Venice Biennale—on boats built from garbage. New York City garbage.
Swoon, a 31-year-old Brooklyn artist whose name is Caledonia “Callie” Curry, is leading a waterborne invasion of the Venice Biennale (she didn’t bother to try to get in officially) with a crew of 30 artists, musicians, and miscreants in tow.
Though they have raised some $150,000 for this crash party, the money won’t show in the boats they’ll travel in, because the boats are made of trash—a symbol of the freedom that comes with radical self-reliance, and one that is meant to effect change.
“Throughout history, pranksters have been looking at fences and then pushing them aside,” Swoon has said “Through action, you can move the perception. It’s almost like a magic trick.”