AFRICAN ART IN VENICE FORUM (AAVF)
7 – 9 May 2019, Venice, Italy
AAVF is a public and free discursive platform presented every other year in Venice, Italy during the opening week of the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte di Venezia (11 May – 24 November 2019). The event provides new opportunities to discover, learn, discuss, explore and exchange on topics and projects related to contemporary art from Africa and its diasporas.
Here, There & Everywhere has had the pleasure to collaborate with the African Art in Venice Forum by curating two talks within the programme. The talks were:
Africa State of Mind exhibition: culture, identity and politics in contemporary African photography with Shiraz Bayjoo, artist, Christine Eyene, independent curator, Paul Goodwin, independent curator, Kiluanji Kia Henda, artist, in conversation with Ekow Eshun, independent curator.
The discussion considered how recent photographic practice from Africa is exploring themes of history, politics, race and gender, as well as interrogating ideas of ‘Africanness’ through subjective renderings of culture and identity on the continent.
This talk was presented in collaboration with New Art Exchange. Shiraz Bayjoo’s participation in Venice is supported by International Curators Forum (ICF) and Outset Contemporary Art Fund.
Biennials’ Ecologies in Contemporary African Art with Sara Alonso Gómez, Curator, Yango Biennale de Kinshasa 2020 and researcher, Sandrine Colard-De Bock, Curator, Lubumbashi Biennale 2019, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Director, The Showroom, London, Christine Eyene, Curator, Casablanca Biennale 2020 and moderated by Skinder Hundal, Director, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK.
Biennials have become one of the most well-established systems to internationally present curatorial projects. Presenters will inspire a discussion about the relevance of such format within the artistic contexts of African countries, addressing both its possibilities, constraints, and local specificity.
This talk was also presented in collaboration with New Art Exchange.
Video still from Venice Biennale 2019 | African Art Forum | New Art Exchange | Arts Council England by Manmit Jandu, 2019.
You can find a video made by Manmit Jandu capturing some of the speakers here.
AAVF 2019 featured a whole program of other talks and readings, with an expanded interactive format spanning across three full days. All videos of the Forum are now posted on their official YouTube channel. The videos can be found here.
To see the full programme of AAVF 2019, see the information here.