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With nationalism on the rise, political engagement is central to the artistic dialogue at the Venice Biennale, the world's oldest contemporary art fair, opening Saturday. From the main show, "Viva Arte Viva," curated by Christine Macel, to 87 national pavilions in the Venice Giardini, Arsenale and throughout the historic city center, artists are contemplating the world around them and giving a voice to underrepresented populations.DUTCH SELF-IMAGE The Dutch pavilion examines the Netherland's self-image as progressive and tolerant, which has been put to the test during Europe's refugee crisis.One film explores how the Dutch self-narrative papered over the difficult assimilation of mixed-race children of Dutch and Indonesian parents after Indonesia's independence.Artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh discusses the issues in short films. HUNGARIAN UTOPIA For the Hungarian pavilion, artist Gyula Varnai discusses the "viability and necessity of utopias" in his show titled "Peace on Earth".Lockhart had the girls choose issues of the paper to reproduce each week at the Biennale, finding similarities in their lives and global political tensions, according to curator Barbara Piwowarska. They also appear in photographs, and a film they choreograph themselves.GREEK CATHARSIS George Drivas explores the complexity of the refugee crisis in his show for the Greek Pavilion.
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