Video Art

11.19.1312:52 PM ET

Girls Gone Tame?

At the Venice Biennale, Sharon Hayes gets young women to ponder sex.
(Photo by Lucy Hogg)

This image  shows a moment from a video by Sharon Hayes that's up at this year's Venice Biennale. (The show closes in five days, and therefore seems to warrant a parting Pic or two from me.)  Hayes's video involved putting straight-ahead questions about sexuality to 36 students at an elite all-women's college in New England. (Click here to see some clips, along with comments by Hayes.) This Biennale included a fair dose of art with spiritual aspirations, so Hayes's encounter with the real was a brave and useful counterweight. That may have been what won it a Golden Lion prize.

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