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Monster Cruise Ships in Venice: An Art Exhibit Censored; Italy

Super-sized cruise ship, Venice, Italy. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Le photographe Berengo Gardin devait présenter vingt-sept photos sur lesquelles on voit les navires de croisière longer la cité des Doges. Le sujet est sensible, et pour éviter toute polémique, le maire a annulé l’événement…

Read Full Article, “Paquebots géants : une exposition censurée à Venise;” Le Figaro

The world acclaimed italian photographer Gianni Berengo’s artwork was about to be featured this Fall at the Palazzo Duccale in Venice. The exhibition titled “Mostri a Venezia”- Monsters in Venice, was to present 27 photographs depicting how giant-sized cruise ships have taken over the famed San Marco’s Basin, Giudecca Canal and Venice’s lagoon and body of water. The photographs were taken during a time period of two years, between 2012 and 2014.

Fearing aggravated controversy about the subject matter, Venice Mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, just decided to cancel the pre-scheduled art exhibition.

Through his artwork series “Mostri a Venezia”, Gianni Berengo was also showcasing the arguably absurd and utterly dangerous tradition of “l’inchino” (the bow, the salute), where large cruise ships are allowed to perilously approach the coasts.

Berengo exhibit has already been presented in Milan, and was supposed to open at the Venitian Palazzo Duccale on September 18th.

The super-sized cruise ships debate is a recurrent controversy in Venice. The venetians fear they are endangering the historical and cultural city patrimony, and have negative impacts on the city fragilized marine ecosystem. Symbol of mass tourism – more than 20 millions tourists visit Venice each year- these vessels also represent a massive source of revenues, as 2 millions tourists flock each year to Venice lagoon aboard these monster cruise ships.

La mostra fotografica sulle grandi navi a Venezia è stata sospesa, Post Italia

Grandi navi, Brugnaro blocca la mostra di Berengo Gardin a Palazzo Ducale, La Nuova

La mostra fotografica sulle grandi navi a Venezia è stata sospesa, Post Italia

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Big And Risky Salvage Operation: Costa Concordia Cruise Ship To Be Scrapped, CBS News (07-14-2014)
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