Venice Biennale 2024

Venice Reveals Theme and Artist List

Entitled 'Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere', curator Adriano Pedrosa has invited 331 artists and collectives, mainly coming from the Global South.

Venice Reveals Theme and Artist List

The 60th International Art Exhibition, titled Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere, will open to the public from Saturday April 20 to Sunday November 24, 2024, at the Giardini and the Arsenale. Curator Adriano Pedrosa has named the 331 artists and collectives, mainly coming from the Global South, to participate in this year’s edition,

The Exhibition will take place in the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and in the Arsenale, and it will present two sections: the Nucleo Contemporaneo and the Nucleo Storico.

Nucleo Contemporaneo unfolds and focuses on the production of other related subjects: the queer artist, who has moved within different sexualities and genders, often being persecuted or outlawed; the outsider artist, who is located at the margins of the art world, much like the self-taught artist, the folk artist and the artista popular; the indigenous artist, frequently treated as a foreigner in his or her own land. The Nucleo Storico will gather works from 20th century Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia to focus on modernisms in the Global South.

As a guiding principle, the Biennale Arte 2024 has favored artists who have never participated in the International Exhibition—though a number of them may have been featured in a National Pavilion, a Collateral Event, or in a past edition of the International Exhibition. Special attention is being given to outdoor projects, both in the Arsenale and in the Giardini, where a performance program is being planned with events during the pre-opening and closing weekend of the 60th Exhibition.

Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere, the title of the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, is drawn from a series of works started in 2004 by the Paris-born and Palermo-based Claire Fontaine collective. The works consist of neon sculptures in different colours that render in a growing number of languages the words “Foreigners Everywhere”. The phrase comes, in turn, from the name of a Turin collective who fought racism and xenophobia in Italy in the early 2000s.

«The expression Stranieri Ovunque – explains Adriano Pedrosa – has several meanings. First of all, that wherever you go and wherever you are you will always encounter foreigners— they/we are everywhere. Secondly, that no matter where you find yourself, you are always truly, and deep down inside, a foreigner.»

Find the full artist list here, but to name a few: 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 many more. 

The Exhibition will also include 88 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the city centre of Venice. 4 countries will be participating for the first time at the Biennale Arte: Republic of Benin, Ethiopia, United Republic of Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Timor Leste. Nicaragua, Republic of Panama and Senegal participate for the first time with their own pavilion.



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