2017 Venice Biennale
Korean Pavilion | Counterbalance: The Stone and the Mountain
Peep shows and free orgasms are on offer at the Korean pavilion courtesy of Cody Choi who is advertising these dubious treats on the façade of the Giardini building as part of his Las Vegas-style work Venetian Rhapsody (2017). Choi has said that Venice is no different from other tourist hot spots such as Las Vegas and Macau, highlighting the “power and capital” of La Serenissima. His bright pink re-make of Rodin’s The Thinker, crafted from toilet paper, is a startling art historical re-configuration (The Thinker, 1995-6). Lee Wan’s Proper Time installation (2017) comprising 600 clocks soberly charts how long individuals worldwide must work in order to purchase a meal.