Why Are Most Foreign Artists Representing Kenya at the Venice Biennale?
Did Kenya sell its art scene to China via Italy?
This is the question Kenyans and lovers of Kenyan art are asking themselves following the revelation that this year’s Venice Biennale Kenya pavilion will be represented by only one Kenyan artist, with the other representatives being mostly Chinese artists plus a controversial Italian artist, Armando Tanzini, who is representing the country for a second time at the Biennale.
KENYA Creating IdentitiesYvonne Apiyo(Center) Braendle-Amolo, Qin Feng, Shi Jinsong, Armando Tanzini, Li Zhanyang, Lan Zheng Hui, Li Gang, Double Fly Art CenterCommissioner: Paola Poponi. Curator: Sandro Orlandi Stagl. Deputy Curator: Ding Xuefeng. Venue: San Servolo Island
The ‘Kenyan’ participants are listed here and here.
Founded in 1895 as an International Art Exhibition, this is the 56th edition of the festival, which is now one of the most prestigious cultural events in the world. It will run May 9 – November 22. READ MORE