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Rhinoceros: Luxury's Fragile Frontier

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Rhinoceros: Luxury’s Fragile Frontier - An exhibition and symposium in a fragile City

This symposium and exhibition bring together an international group of artists, conservationists, poets, writers, and historians, who will explore the often surprising intersections between these two endangered objects of mass luxury consumption.

Curator Catherine Kovesi writes of Venice and the Rhino:  "This shimmering city and magnificent beast might seem an unlikely pairing. However not only are both threatened with extinction in the face of unfettered consumption, but the rhinoceros is embedded emblematically in the city..." Read more.

I will be reading poems written for the symposium about the awesome vulnerability of the rhino and the the city. Since I first visited Venice in 2015, I've returned four times, feeling an urgency to understand and connect to the place through writing and presence.

Symposium: November 24, 2018

Exhibition: November 24, 2018 - December 21, 2018

Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice