numbers 4, 5, 13, 17 and 29

This is the list of artists whose work is being exhibited at the Venice Biennale’s first ever African pavilion which, in the words of the VB, was ‘selected by an expert committee… to represent the African continent… ‘

1 Ghada Amer, Egypt
2 Oladélé Bamgboyé, Nigeria
3 Miquel Barcelo, Spain
4 Jean Michel Basquiat, USA (here and here)
5 Mario Benjamin, Haiti
6 Bili Bidjocka, Cameroon
7 Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Algeria
8 Loulou Cherinet, Ethiopia
9 Marlène Dumas, South Africa
10 Mounir Fatmi, Marocco
11 Kendell Geers, South Africa
12 Ihosvanny, Angola
13 Alfredo Jaar, Chile
14 Paulo Kapela, Angola
15 Amal Kenawy, Egypt
16 Kiluanji Kia Henda, Angola
17 Paul D. Miller Aka DJ Spooky, USA
18 Santu Mofokeng, South Africa
19 Nastio Mosquito, Angola
20 Ndilo Mutima, Angola
21 Ingrid Mwangi, Kenya
22 Chris Ofili, UK/Nigeria
23 Olu Oguibe, Nigeria
24 Tracey Rose, South Africa
25 Ruth Sacks, South Africa
26 Yinka Shonibare, MBE, UK/ Nigeria
27 Minnette Vári, South Africa
28 Viteix, Angola
29 Andy Warhol, USA
30 Yonamine, Angola

Any thoughts? Anyone?

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3 thoughts on “numbers 4, 5, 13, 17 and 29

  1. Yup. The inclusion of Warhol seems bizarre. A friend, who was in Venice for the opening of the Biennale, said that the curators of the African pavilion – Fernando Alvim (a quite complicated Angolan man of Portuguese descent) and Simon Njami (a very successful curator who I believe is from Cameroon and for a long time was editor-in-chief of Revue Noire) – said they didn’t simply want to show African artists’ work but also to show the perspective of African art, or perhaps to portray a broader reflection of art from an African perspective.

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