I was completely shocked when a friend in Venezuela alerted me to this story which, according to Google Translate, says: “The levels of violence and insecurity in Venezuela, also forced the American photographer Alec Soth (Minneapolis, 1969) to reject the invitation to participate in the FIA ​​as a foreign artist honoree. A source revealed that the creator asked the American embassy protection and security measures. However, the request was not processed and therefore the artist, who has published his Magnum portfolio, will not attend the fair.”

This is the first I’ve heard of any of this. To my knowledge I was never invited to Venezuela and I certainly did not ask the American embassy for protection.

If anyone has any knowledge of what this about, I’d appreciate if they’d contact me (the journalist certainly never did).