Les Presses du Réel / Janvier, 2001 | First edition
Hardcover with obi band, 200 pages, 205 x 262 mm
A real fictional biennial imagined by Maurizio Cattelan in 2001, who offered ten chosen artists (Vanessa Beecroft, Olafur Eliasson, Douglas Gordon, Mariki Mori, Chirs Ofili, Gabriel Orozco, Elizabeth Peyton, Pipilotti Rist, Tobias Rehberger and Rirkrit Tiravanija.) a one-week vacation on the enchanting island of St. Kitts, with no art and no work to do. Only the photos by Armin Linke and the artists' special contributions are what remains of this disturbing event.
The element of critique resided in the exclusion of what ordinarily is the most important part of any exhibition: the art itself. There was no painting, sculpture or video - no actual physical substrate - at the Caribbean Biennial. What were they doing there, under the auspices of a biennial, when there were no actual works? Many of the same things that everybody does at other biennials, only without the pleasure and burden of looking at art.