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Insomnia in Venice
Venice, La Serenissima, in my insomnia, I hear you call me again. Why don't you let me sleep?
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The Plague Doctor
The Plague Doctor mask is an appropriate symbol for our contemporary times. Historically, doctors wore the Medico della Peste mask while making their rounds during the Black Plague. Its characteristic long, beak was stuffed with aromatic and medicinal herbs that were thought to be protective.
Similarly, today we are in the midst of another pandemic, the Covid 19 virus, which has generated global biological and political ills. Surrounding it is a bureaucratic narrative that is malodorous and dangerous. By layering oversize Plague Doctor masks over flooded scenes of Venice, I also refer to another contemporary affliction, climate change.