In what some onlookers mistook for performance art was an actual stabbing that took place over the weekend at the world renowned Art Basel Miami Beach event.

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Friday night, an art patron was stabbed in the neck and arms following a brief, but minor confrontation with her attacker at the upscale art exhibit. Champagne sipping observers thought that the stabbing was a part of a live art performance and the police tape marking the crime scene was just a larger part of the exhibit.

The stabbing happened near the exhibit of Miami-based artist Naomi Fisher and Agatha Wara. Fisher told local reporters, “A guy walked up to me and said, ‘I thought I saw a performance, and I thought it was fake blood, but it was real blood.’”


The victim was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries, while her female attacker, Siyuan Zhao, was arrested and charged with felony attempted murder.