Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton made a visit to an art exhibition in Venice, Italy, on Tuesday, and spent an hour perusing hard copies of her own emails on display while sitting at a replica of the Oval Office's Resolute Desk.
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Artist Kenneth Goldsmith boasted on Twitter that Clinton dropped by to see his exhibition, titled, "HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails," which included "all 62,000 pages of" the controversial documents.
Hillary Clinton spent an hour yesterday reading her emails at my exhibition of all 62,000 pages of them in Venice.… https://t.co/WX4XnMMr32— Kenneth Goldsmith (@Kenneth Goldsmith)1568208694.0
According to Goldsmith, Clinton stated, "This exhibition is further proof that nothing wrong or controversial can be found on these emails. It makes them accessible to everyone and allows everyone to read them."
She added, "They are just so boring."
Curator Francesco Urbano Ragazzi told the HuffPost he was given a heads up that Clinton might drop by, but organizers didn't take it seriously, at first.
"Someone close to Mrs. Clinton contacted us very informally a few days before her visit," Urbano Ragazzi told the outlet. "We realized that it wasn't a joke only when we saw the security service inside the exhibition space at 9 a.m. on Tuesday."
Hillary Clinton read her own emails for an hour at an art exhibition in Venice where all 60,000 pages are on displa… https://t.co/R1U3Vp3SX8— HuffPost (@HuffPost)1568233012.0
In a statement to The Hill, Urbano Ragazzi gave some insight into the meaning behind the artwork, explaining that "in the digital age, making these documents available to everyone in a touchable format is a way to focus on something concrete in order to exit the impalpable toxicity of ideological narratives."
"The exhibition is a way to allude to an alternative world that will never exist. We are happy that the real Hillary Clinton has been part of this image full of possibilities," the curatorial team continued. "Visiting HILLARY by Kenneth Goldsmith, she has not only been in front of her emails. The exhibition is indeed the portrait of a powerful woman, but also the portrait of a historical change in our understanding of notions such as transparency, propaganda, public and private space."
During an interview outside the venue with Italian news outlet TGR Veneto, according to CNN, Clinton reiterated her view that the controversy surrounding her use of a private email server to send classified government information was blown out of proportion.
"It was and is still one of the strangest, most absurd events in American political history," the former secretary of state reportedly told TGR Veneto. "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, 'What Happened,' Clinton continued. "And that is, there was nothing wrong, there was nothing that should have been so controversial."