Writer Polly Coles considers Venetian artists who have engaged with their ancient home in a modern spirit, asking if it is possible to make something new in this museum city.
Writer Polly Coles reads Making Up the City, the first of her essays in search of what makes a true Venetian. Beginning each essay with an object or a place, she traces a cultural and historical thread through to living individuals who are contributing to a rich and diverse contemporary Venetian culture. She argues the true Venetian does not have to be born in the city or a permanent resident to be part of a viable, creative future for this beleaguered community.
Beginning with Mariano Fortuny, painter, innovator and textile artist, Polly looks at Venetian artists who have engaged with their ancient home in a modern spirit and asks is it possible to make something new in this museum city?
Written and performed by Polly Coles
Producer: Melanie Harris Sparklab Productions.
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