Venice Biennale

 
Buildings with humans at their heart
Buildings with humans at their heart
Five years ago, in a show of faith in South African artists and architects, the arts and culture department secured a 20-year lease for an...
El Anatsui comes back to Africa
El Anatsui comes back to Africa
Over the years I have often found myself embroiled in passionate debates both at home and abroad about what constitutes contemporary art.
'Bring back what was once mine'
'Bring back what was once mine'
The opening of the debut Nigerian Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale was preceded by a series of unfortunate...
Venice Biennale: African pavilions and the politics of space
Venice Biennale: African pavilions and the politics of space
The theme set by 2017 Venice Biennale’s curator, Christine Macel, is “Viva Arte Viva!”, intended to celebrate artists and “art for art’s...
SA artists to poke holes in African stereotypes in Venice
SA artists to poke holes in African stereotypes in Venice
South Africa’s participation in the Venice Biennale is marred by political exclusion during apartheid and, nowadays, the controversy about...
Why Marx got Venice Biennale invite
Why Marx got Venice Biennale invite
At the 2013 Venice Biennale, the artist Jeremy Deller represented the United Kingdom. He emblazoned one of the walls of the British pavilion with a...
Venice Biennale: the world is more than enough
Venice Biennale: the world is more than enough
"Everyone is working happily, the sun is shining all the time. It's totally awful," says the voice. We are in Venice again, reclining on white...
Kenyan artists’ outcry wakes up the government
Kenyan artists’ outcry wakes up the government
When the news was announced in March that Kenya would be hosting a national pavilion at the Venice Biennale for the third time in the country’s...
SA trips as Joburg lands on the steps of the Venice Biennale
SA trips as Joburg lands on the steps of the Venice Biennale
A day after the attacks that tore through Durban’s city centre began and displaced thousands of foreigners, I meet Christopher Till, the director...
Jettison the idea of a SA national pavilion in Venice
Jettison the idea of a SA national pavilion in Venice
Hospitality. It is an idea as much as an action, one that Jeremy Rose and Christopher Till, the curators of the South African Pavilion at this...
Venice Biennale: SA Pavilion finally announces artists
Venice Biennale: SA Pavilion finally announces artists
Just three weeks ahead of the 56th Venice Biennale in Italy, the names of the...

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