This year’s International Art Exhibition at la Biennale di Venezia, All the World’s Futures, is curated by Okwui Enwezor and chaired by Paolo Baratta. It will be open to the public from Saturday, May 9th to Sunday, November 22nd, and with its inauguration, Venice celebrates the 120th anniversary of the first Exhibition in 1895.
The International Exhibition will expand from the Central Pavilion at the Giardini (3 000 sq.m.) to the Arsenale (8 000 sq.m.) and, in addition, to external areas. The extensive array of foreign participant countries (89, compared to 58 in 1997) will virtually gather around our curator’s great International Exhibition; 29 of them will be in the historic pavilions in the Giardini, 29 in the spaces dedicated to the various national participations within the Arsenale (where restoration work continues on 16th century buildings) and the rest in other buildings in Venice, accompanied by 44 Collateral Events.
This year’s curator, Okwui Enwezor, chose 17 African artists among his international selection for his main exhibition, All The World’s Futures: John Akomfrah, Karo Akpokiere, Sammy Baloji, Marlene Dumas, Kay Hassan, Invisible Borders: Trans-African Photographers, Samson Kambalu, Gonçalo Mabunda, Ibrahim Mahama, Abu Bakarr Mansaray, Wangechi Mutu, Cheikh Ndiaye, Emeka Ogboh, Joachim Schönfeldt, Fatou Kandé Senghor, Mikhael Subotzky, Barthélémy Toguo.