The former Secretary of State took a moment to enjoy Kenneth Goldsmith's "HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails," which subverts the controversy surrounding Clinton's emails.
Hillary Clinton's emails were a hot button topic during the 2016 Presidential elections. If that feels like a lifetime away, here's a little refresher. While campaigning for the elections, now-President Donald Trump made a rather large deal of his competitor Clinton's use of private email servers during her tenure as the nation's Secretary of State. It quickly became the prime focus of his campaign rhetoric. Now, it appears that Clinton may have just thrown some shade at Trump; at a visit to the Venice Biennale, an art expo held in the Italian city, she stopped by quite an interesting interactive exhibition by American poet and artist Kenneth Goldsmith. Titled "HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails," the exhibit featured a replica of the Oval Office's Resolute Desk. On top of the desk sat copies of all her emails, totaling a whopping 62,000 pages. Clinton took a tour of all the featured artwork but spent an hour at Goldsmith's piece, CNN reports.
In an official announcement, curatorial duo Franceso Urbano Ragazzi stated: During the tour, the former United States Secretary of State had the opportunity to confront to the 30,000 emails that were sent and received from her private email account while serving the government between 2009 and 2013 — and the same ones that cost her the 2016 Presidential election. Clinton proceeded to sit down at an exact replica of the Oval Office's Resolute Desk and leaf through her emails for nearly an hour. Following her visit, Clinton, too, had a few words to share. Taking to social media platform Twitter, she joked: Found my emails at the Venice Biennale. Someone alert the House GOP.
Hillary Clinton reading her own emails at my exhibition in Venice, Italy (credit: Giuseppe Cordioli) pic.twitter.com/n10eSGcIDs— Kenneth Goldsmith (@kg_ubu) September 12, 2019
Perhaps Clinton simply took a leaf out of Goldsmith's approach to her emails. The artist claims that he was attempting to subvert the superficial importance of the former First Lady's emails through HILLARY. What President Trump painted to be of monumental significance during the Presidential elections were, through his art, reduced to a few "unimpressive papers." He asserts, "These are the most important political documents of our times. They have been discussed at every level of public opinion but almost no one has read them. Hidden in full view, all the emails were available online but nevertheless they have become a sort of ghost. HILLARY is their first public appearance." Essentially, as the curators put it, Goldsmith's artwork has become a sort of "anti-smear" campaign.
Hillary Clinton spent an hour yesterday reading her emails at my exhibition of all 62,000 pages of them in Venice. She is pictured here at a replica of the Oval Office Resolute Desk, stacked with her emails. pic.twitter.com/V8T27klycr— Kenneth Goldsmith (@kg_ubu) September 11, 2019
Outside the exhibition, Clinton participated in an interview with Italian news outlet TGR Veneto, during which she slammed Trump and the GOP's propagation of virtually a non-scandal. She said, "It was and is still one of the strangest, most absurd events in American political history. And anyone can go in and look at them - there's nothing there. It's an artistic way of making the same point that I made in the book I wrote... There was nothing wrong, there was nothing that should have been so controversial."
She added a message of warning to European nations regarding possible Russian attacks on their impending national elections, alerting them to the electoral failures that occurred during the 2016 Presidential elections in the United States. "Europeans should be very aware of the Russians [who] are involved in and trying to influence elections in all democracies... They conducted a sweeping and systematic attack on our elections," Clinton asserted. "So that was a big factor that had never been part of our system before." While she may not be in the running for the highest office in the nation in 2020, she has been and perhaps always will be a critical part of the country's democracy, a reminder of the potential of the United States.