Venice Biennale

 
Portia Zvavahera: In the world — but not of it
Portia Zvavahera: In the world — but not of it
We’re all dead. Indifferent to the tribulations of the world because it only gets worse, especially if you are a black womxn. This is the sense I...
SA’s disconnect from Africa limits cultural landscape
SA’s disconnect from Africa limits cultural landscape
May is Africa Month and, as is the case with Women’s Month, it is only useful if it functions as more than an opportunity to “celebrate” and...
More than one layer to the art and life of Tracey Rose
More than one layer to the art and life of Tracey Rose
A stillness is required to engage seriously with the work of Tracey Rose. Perhaps this has to do with the attractive, carnivalesque, risqué and...
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...

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