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Venice 2011: Helidon Gjergji host and curator Julia Draganovic conducted some interviews for the Venice Biennale 2011. Here she asks artist Helidon Gjergji, who has appeared in past Biennales in both visual arts and architecture, for a report on the highs and lows of this year's exhibitions. Helidon praises the Polish Pavilion and the work of Yael Bartana, as well as the installation at the US Pavilion. He also discusses the most controversial of all pavilions, and while he tries not to name names, we will. He is describing the Italian exhibition at the Arsenale, which he thinks resembles a low rent flea market for art. Crowded, noisy, obstructed, cluttered, and possibly disrespectful. But perhaps it is so good it can be redeemed, as he says.

Helidon Gjergji was born 1970 in Tirana, Albania. He currently lives between New York, Rome and Tirana.


Venice Biennale


A series of talk and musical programs assembled from our various trips to Venice for the Biennale dating back to 2005. The programs range from round table discussions to interviews to DJ sets to virtual pavilions rendered in music and sound. On two occasions (2005 and 2007) we broadcast live on Italian FM radio from a boat moored near the Giardini. In 2011 our roving reporters covered the scene while the interview booth was headquartered near Piazzo San Marco. We also partnered with artist Federico Diaz and his sculpture-building robots at the Arsenale to design a special series called Robot Radio. 2013 brought us together with LaRete Art Projects and the Venice Agendas series produced by workinprogress for interviews and discussions.