The hidden cost of being at the Venice Biennale

"I can't imagine a less sustainable biennial than the Venice Biennale," says Claudia Fontes, who represented Argentina at the art event in 2017. "It is like how Venice is sinking as a city." The Venice Biennale is typically associated with parties in palazzos, with its line of ­super-yachts overlooking visitors as they shuttle between the event's two main venues of the Arsenale and the Giardini.

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