The Fifth Moscow Biennale looks like this: a lot of money, a lot of fancy people, a lot of pathos, no sense at all. The statement is unclear (it's about hidden energies, capitalism, colonialism, death, butterflies and so on), works are no revelation (lots of them have already been exhibited in Moscow, some — came from other art-shows), explications are vague and even if you are acquainted with some academic writings you still feel confused.
The Biennale — intentionally or not, but chances are intentionally — takes part in Moscow provincialization, pushing back and marginalizing russian art-scene (and its artists consequently). I cannot imagine a person who somehow will feel inspired by 5th Moscow Biennale, and though some works are great, the whole thing looks like a chance for the companies to incorporate their advertisement in the exhibition's body.
So it is some kind of amusement park: people come to chat, to laugh and take pictures in front of the works — taking pictures is especially popular. Those people are potential rebels, too bad none of them think of ignoring art as of sabotage.
First, I wanted to use prawns costume. But this is too absurd, and conferring this Biennale as absurd is too flattering, it is not even absurd, it is not any. One of the guides regarded work of Julie Mehretu as "the most expensive at the exhibition", and it was almost everything he had to tell — and almost everything people wanted to hear.
If you are interested, "the most expensive work" is 24th. I hope my presence will not be an obstacle to your enjoyment.