MFA student Asher Mains: Showing at the 56th Venice Biennale: A humble look
Asher Mains: It’s been a week since the vernissage of Grenada’s Official National Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale and while I have not begun to process the entirety of the experience, I am able to reflect on the past year leading up to the event. My experience was not the type you read about in the art magazines. There was no full-page photo spread with an interview in Vogue. I did not attend extravagant parties typically thrown by galleries celebrating their illustrious artists. I even missed the official Biennale cocktail thrown for participating artists because of a scheduling error. My time was spent setting up the pavilion, helping where I could and then when possible, taking in art from the Biennale and parallel exhibits. The way I spent my time in Venice, was consistent with my practice as an artist; working, talking one on one with people who show interest in my work, and spending time with other people’s work. It’s not flashy, it’s not glamorous, this was my Venice Biennale. The project that I exhibited documentation for along with a large painting was my painted portraits for cocoa farmers project. The core of it is ….