Venice Biennale 2024 | Theme And Artist List

Titled Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere', curator Adriano Pedrosa has invited 331 artists and collectives, primarily hailing from the Global South.

by GRIOT - Published on 03/02/2024

The Exhibition will be held in the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and the Arsenale, featuring two sections: Nucleo Contemporaneo and Nucleo Storico.

In Biennale Arte 2024, preference is given to artists who have not previously participated in the International Exhibition, though some may have been showcased in a National Pavilion, Collateral Event, or past editions. Special focus is on outdoor projects, with a performance program planned for both the Arsenale and Giardini, including events during the pre-opening and closing weekend.

Titled Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere, the 60th International Art Exhibition draws inspiration from works initiated in 2004 by the Paris-born, Palermo-based collective Claire Fontaine. These works feature neon sculptures in various colors displaying the phrase “Foreigners Everywhere,” originating from a Turin collective combating racism and xenophobia in Italy during the early 2000s.

According to Adriano Pedrosa, the phrase “Stranieri Ovunque” holds multiple meanings, emphasizing the ubiquity of foreigners and the perpetual sense of being a foreigner oneself.

Among the featured artists are Karimah Ashadu, Kudzanai Chiurai, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Ben Enwonwu, Gabrielle Goliath, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Esther Mahlangu, Gladys Mgudlandlu, Sabelo Mlangeni, Uche Okeke, Gerard Sekoto, Yinka Shonibare, Agnes Waruguru, and others.

The Exhibition will encompass 88 National Participations across the historic Pavilions in the Giardini, Arsenale, and Venice’s city center. Four countries, including the Republic of Benin, Ethiopia, United Republic of Tanzania, and Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, will participate in the Biennale Arte for the first time. Nicaragua, Republic of Panama, and Senegal will also debut with their own pavilions.

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