ilka Leukefeld was an Artist-Investigator for the Press Room project at the 56th Venice Biennale 11-13 August, 2015. Press Room developed a parallel dialogue alongside the Creative Time Summit by establishing a ‘pirate press’ to investigate news creation through expanded acts of visual reportage. It was structured around three public breakfast ‘press briefings’ held at the Wales in Venice venue.
“My response to three breakfast briefings took the form of three drawings (l-r, above): DAY 1 – #CesarePietroiusti – Lo senti il vento? DAY 2 – #MiriamGhani – Can a biennale enact politics? DAY3 – #CharlesGaines – Political art is art that attempts to link the personal and subjective with the social.
“I recycled sheets of paper from the May Press Room in Venice sessions to make the drawings, using a felt-tip pen instead of the usual ink.”
Participating artists in Venice included Pippa Koszerek, Jane Lawson, Amy Stevenson, Maurice Carlin and Robert Frankle; plus many other artists contributed via Facebook and Twitter.