SABRINA MANDANICI is an art critic and former curatorial fellow of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Foundation. She currently lives in Germany and New York.
For the 57th Carnegie International, curator Ingrid Schaffner contracts the notion of mental and sensuous traveling to the concept of “museum joy,” which she defines as the pleasure experienced “from the commotion of being with art and other people actively engaged in the creative work of interpretation.”
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Pain, whether it is experienced in the body or the mind, often provokes the desire to withdraw, protect, or avoid—to anesthetize rather than discern.