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Patrons mistake woman brutally stabbed at Art Basel for performance art

This is 2015.


Audra Schroeder


Warning: This article contains graphic images. 

Art Basel, a weeklong art party, is currently taking place in Miami, Florida. And on Friday night, some patrons weren’t real clear on the line between performance art and real life. 

A woman—who was identified as a patron, not an artist—was allegedly stabbed by another patron with an X-Acto knife after an argument. The woman sustained non-life-threatening injuries to her neck and arms, and was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The woman accused of stabbing her has been identified as 24-year-old Siyuan Zhao and is in police custody. According to WSVN, the arrest report states that while being taken into custody, Zhao said, “I had to kill her and two more.”

According to reports, after the stabbing occurred, many patrons enjoying exhibits in the Miami Beach Convention Center weren’t sure whether the woman was part of a piece of performance art, and continued to walk around the bleeding victim and take pictures.  

It’s certainly distressing that a brutal stabbing could be mistaken for art at one of the most high-profile events in the art world. Art Basel has been trolled by a piece of performance art before, however. And this one was much more realistic.  

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