Last weekend on the traditional art fair Art Basel Miami Beach in Miami, USA, an incident occurred that was first adopted as a performance, and then visibly darkened the mood of the members of the art crowd.
Present at the fair, the woman pulled out a box cutter and cut another lady’s hands and neck. “Injuries are not dangerous for life”, – quotes the Miami Herald the words of the police spokesman detective Kathleen Prieto. The victim was taken to hospital and the culprit of the accident was detained on the spot.
Both participants of the conflict, according to the publication, were among the organizers of Art Basel, and not the audience. Some of the fair visitors decided that sticking a knife was part of the presentation of the performing arts. Others thought that the police tape that fenced part of the Convention center, is an artistic installation.
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The knife attack occurred near an art installation called “the Swamp of Sagittarius”, created by Miami artists Naomi Fisher and Anatoly Vara. Fisher said she was close with the exposition, when he heard the sounds of a scuffle, and then saw a woman that was carried on a gurney.
“A guy came up to me and said, “I decided that I saw the play and thought it was fake blood, but it was real”, she told journalists.
Eyewitnesses of an event photographed on cell phones woman in white clothes with blood stains. The victim of the attack was in a part of the gallery reserved for young artists.
Press Secretary Art Basel Sarah Fitzmaurice drew the attention of journalists that it was an isolated incident, which immediately stopped, and attacking for a few seconds detained by the police.
According to the newspaper, the staff of the center, where the fair was held and tried as quickly as possible to remove all evidence of drama, and the guards that were next to a fenced Playground, told the visitors that in the closed zone “someone dropped a work of art”. As a result ladies with champagne walked in barrier strips, and upon learning what had happened, was surprised and started to get nervous.
Earlier, police and the organizers claimed that after the terrorist attacks in Paris security has been strengthened.