The first day we went to the Arsenale. Apparently it is connected to old naval facilities and rope was made there at some point. The building / compound is in itself amazing and so things in there can look great as well. However I was duly impressed with the beginning of the show in this location. It was very cohesive and the work was powerful.
A site specific work by Ibraham Mahama (from Ghana) used old coal sacks to cover the walls of a very long pathway outside of the Arsenale. It was a very beautiful impressive piece and also seemed to be an ode to El Anatsui, who is also from Ghana.
Oscar Murillo covered school desks all over the world with canvas and let the kids draw on it for an entire school year. The results are displayed on these slick copper-topped tables. Those from Kenya were especially red from the indigenous dirt.
Tiffany Chung (Vietnam) made these delicate and fastidious drawings based on a variety of alarming statistics from around the world.