Travel: Kassel

This was my third Documenta experience and by far the most engaging exhibition due to the expansiveness of the project and some great international representations. The show is created every five years and is a monumental undertaking. This year Athens was the partner city and by some accounts the more interesting site of the two locations. I personally found it difficult to find a meaningful thread or a meaningful cohesion between the individual exhibitions. The venues were well curated in terms of the placement of the work, however the juxtapositions of imagery did not make sense to me. There were individual highlights in each exhibition, as well as some interesting solo projects, but the incredible effort that was required to reach peripheral sites did not pay off. The strongest show for me was at the Bellevue, as it seemed to have the most consistent theme throughout…..Arguably the most dominant theme of the Documenta 14 was looking at art through the lens of colonialism. This is an extremely timely, yet unruly theme, and walking through the exhibits I got the sense that the curators are preaching to the choir. It would have been better to exhibit fewer works and drill down into some of the urgent themes affecting the irrational state of the world we are living in.