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Sculpture On Fire

BY Luigi Fassi

JIN SHAN, Desperate Pee, 2007, site-specific sculpture, Campo San Polo, Venice. Courtesy Biljana Ciric.

Extemporaneous vandalism or premeditated act? Officially, the question remains open and the identities unknown of the culprits who destroyed Chinese artist Jin Shan's work Desperate Pee, on show during the 52nd Venice Biennale in the collateral event "Migration Addicts," which ran June 6-15. During the night of June 7, the site-specific sculpture, a realistic depiction of the artist urinating into a Venetian canal, was burnt and completely destroyed.

Devised as an ongoing project, "Migration…

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