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Writer Polly Coles discusses Francis Bacon's painting Study for Chimpanzee in Venice's Guggenheim museum, considering ideas of flight, exile, discrimination and art.

Writer Polly Coles reads Import/Export, the third 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.

Polly starts with Francis Bacon's 'Study for Chimpanzee' in the Guggenheim collection and discusses flight, exile, discrimination and art.

Written and performed by Polly Coles
Producer: Melanie Harris Sparklab Productions.

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