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On Sunday, December 6 reader provided up with this cameraphone photo of the aftermath of Friday’s stabbing incident at Art Basel Miami Beach. (anonymous reader and used with permission)

MIAMI BEACH — There has been a stabbing in the Nova section of the Art Basel Miami Beach fair. According to a person on the scene, who refused to be identified, two people were involved in an altercation that appears to have involved a small knife. The person said, “People thought it was a fight or performance art.”

The area of Art Basel Miami Beach’s Nova section that was blocked off after the incident (all photos by Veken Gueyikian/Hyperallergic)

The incident took place before 6pm, and soon after a section near the Freedman Fitzpatrick gallery booth was cordoned off. By roughly 6:30pm, maintenance workers were seen at the site mopping the floor. By 7:15pm the scene was clear and life at the art fair had returned back to normal.

The Miami Herald is reporting that “one woman pulled an Exacto knife and allegedly stabbed the other in the arms and neck,” and that the injuries are not life threatening. An unidentified gallery representative told the paper, however, that the instrument was a pen.

The area of ABMB’s Nova section cordoned off by organizers after the incident

The motivation for the incident is currently unknown, but Miami artist Naomi Fisher, whose “The Swamp of Sagittarius” installation is currently on display in the Nova section, told the Herald that she saw a woman being carried away by paramedics.

UPDATED, 8:17pm ET: Fitz & Co. president Sara Fitzmaurice released the following statement:

At 5:20pm a visitor was assaulted by another visitor in the Nova sector of the fair. The attack was an isolated incident that was immediately secured. The suspect was apprehended by police who were at the scene within seconds of the incident. The extensive security provided by the Miami Beach Convention Center is supporting the investigation.

The victim was taken directly to the hospital and according to the Miami Beach Police Department the victim’s injuries are non-life threatening. Our thoughts are with the victim.

UPDATE 2, December 5, 12:35am ET: WPLG reporter Liane Morejon has been posting images of the victim and assailant. Morejon says she has been IDed as 24-year-old Siyuan Zhao of NYC.

ABC affiliate Channel 10 is reporting:

Authorities said the victim confronted Siyuan Zhao about purposely following her around the art show and bumping into her several times. Zhao then stabbed the victim in the right side of the neck and left shoulder without warning or provocation, causing several cuts.

According to the police report, when the attacker was being arrested, she said:

I had to kill her and two more.


I had to watch her bleed.

NBC’S Channel 6 South Florida reports that Zhao is facing an attempted murder charge, according to police.

Images of the victim and assailant (via @LianeMorejonTV/Twitter)

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23 replies on “Woman Stabbed at Art Basel Miami Beach [UPDATE 2]”

    1. if she would’ve cut open a carotid artery, she would’ve died in minutes. What’s your point?

  1. this goes on in Israel everyday. usually the stabber is killed before he or she can do more damage. stabbing and running a car into crowds is the norm now for palestinians attacking Israeli civilians

        1. You continue to show your idiocy. We’re talking about the USA. But if you want to go there – Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Somalia, shall I go on?

          1. Hahaha, prison statistics? How about black on black genocide which is what we were talking about. Stick to the topic fool.

          2. Still far less than the yellow on yellow crime in china and korea. You want to talk about genocide, forgot about your little falun gong genocide, hell every time I walk downtown there are 100s of them falun gong chinese protestors outside the chinese embassy. We are talking the yellow on yellow genocide. Stick to the topic you fruit.

          3. You truly are an idiot. Do you even know what genocide means? I mean I know you are allergic to facts but seriously, please go back and get your GED – you know, your Good Enough Diploma.

          4. Insults is all you have. You come see all the falun gong protestors everyday, they hand me pamplets about chinese government genocide of them. How about you clean up your own house with the 800 million illiterate chinese farmers living on $2 a day before you go point the finger at others.

          5. Eh I’m American so I’ll deal with American issues. How’s your search for the “real killer” of Nicole Brown coming along -lol

          6. Hey dumbass. I know it’s hard for your bird-sized brain to comprehend this but there are such things as Americans who are of Asian descent. Just like there are Americans of African descent. Am I writing slow enough for you?

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