The African Art in Venice Forum is a two days event which will take place on the 9th and 10th of May 2017, during the opening week of the 57th Venice Biennale in the Piano Nobile of Palazzo Dandolo, Hotel Monaco(Google Maps)
The African Art in Venice Forum was born from the necessity to compensate for the lack of representation of many African countries at the Venice Biennale. Only 7 out of 54 African countries are represented in national pavilions in the 57th Biennale Dell'Arte di Venezia.


The Forum is held in two auditoriums, operating at the same time for two days. It will feature almost twenty talks with the participation of 60/70 international speakers, illustrating and discussing new experimental models of museums, art spaces, foundations, residencies, as well as the multiplicity of new narratives generated across the continent by established and young creatives. All talks will be broadcasted online thanks to the support of the Streaming Museum and will be stored and publicly available on the Forum's website for research purpose. We will start a "Survey Program" which will feature our partners and speakers and follow their projects and developments to promote and connect them to potential sponsors and patrons.


9th -10th May 2017

Hotel Monaco, Piazza San Marco 1332, 30124 Venezia

Entrance from Calle del Ridotto


OutlookHow contemporary African art relates to the global art scene.

Within & Without” The diversity of art eco-systems within the African continent.

“.org” Digital platforms, not for profit organizations, art education and social development for the promotion of the arts in Africa.

Tuesday 9th May

11:00 am - Institutional Auditorium

Within & Without” First do no harm: accidental intentions in contemporary African


Curated by Lagos Photo Festival

With: Azu Nwagbogu, founder, Lagos Photo Festival and African Artists Foundation; Maria

Pia Bernardoni, Curator International Projects, Lagos Photo Festival and African Artists


12:00 pm - The Artists Auditorium

Within & Without” “Young Voices in Africa's Creative Community: the Intersection of

Art and Activism”

Moderated by Tessa Jackson, Indipendent Curator, UK

With: Longinos Nagila, artist, Kenya; Beathur Mgoza Baker, Curator, Writer, Film Maker

and Creative Consultant, South Africa.

Location: The Artists Auditorium

12:00 pm - Institutional Auditorium


Curated by: Cape Town Art Fair

Moderated by: Tumelo Mosaka, curator at Cape Town Art Fair

With: Raphael Chikukwa, curator Zimbabwe Pavilion; Lucy MacGarry, curator South

African Pavilion; Adenrele Sonariwo, curator Nigerian Pavilion; Gabriele Salmi, Founder

Member of the Lubumbashi Biennale

Press: Casadoro Fungher Comunicazione, Campo Santo Stefano San Marco 2787 30124 Venezia

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1:00 pm - The Artists Auditorium

Within & Without” “Artists projects beyond their practice

Moderated by The African Art in Venice Team

With: Emmanuel Iduma, writer and co-curator Nigerian Pavillion; Victor Ehikhamenor, artist, Nigeria.

1:30 pm - Institutional Auditorium

Within & Without” “The International Conference of African Cultures”

With Raphael Chikukwa, Director at National Gallery of Zimbabwe and founder of International Conference of African Cultures.

2:00 pm - Institutional Auditorium

Outlook” "Rebranding African Art in Western Museums"

Moderated by Mark Rappolt, Editor Art Review

With: Karen Milbourne, curator, National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution,

Washington DC; Silvia Forni, curator, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, and

president of ACASA Triennial in Accra, Ghana; Reem Fadda, curator of Marrakech Biennale

2016, Zoe Whitley, curator for International Art at Tate Modern, London, UK;           

 Alicia Knock, curator for African Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.

2:00 pm - The Artists Auditorium

“Within & Without” "Public art on Prejudice: Any Given Sunday"

A series of anonymous and random public artistic interventions intended to reflect on Cape

Town’s social, economic and political tensions in the city’s racially segregated spaces, all

centered, in various ways, on questions of prejudice, from structural, institutional

or personal points of view. (Buhlebezwe Siwani, Zanele Muholi, Gabrielle Goliath, Gerald Machona,

Sethembile Msezane, Burning Museum, Hasan and Husain Essop, poet Koleka

Putuma and veteran musician Madosini)

With: Riason Naidoo, curator, Any Given Sunday, Cape Town; Renaud Proch, Executive

Director, Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.

3:00 pm - The Artists Auditorium

Within & Without” “21st Century feminism and the arts”

Moderated by Molly Taylor, Author, Communication Manager, Elephant Magazine

With: Peju Alatise, artist, Lagos; RITA GT, artist, Lisboa, Portugal; Tony Gum, artist, Cape Town.

Press: Casadoro Fungher Comunicazione, Campo Santo Stefano San Marco 2787 30124 Venezia

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3:30 pm - Institutional Auditorium

“.org” “Innovative models for the promotion of the arts in the African Continent” New

models for the promotion of the arts which have risen in African countries, and have

successfully impacted new public and social strata, creating momentum in the local art scene.

Moderated by Osei Bonsu, curatorial advisor for African Art in Venice Forum.

With: Zeitz MoCAA, Cape Town; Sindika Dokolo, founder, Fundação Sindika DokoloLuanda, Angola.

4:00 pm – The Artists Auditorium

Within & Without” “Artists projects beyond their practice”

With: Riccarda Mandrini, artmarket journalist, founder and editor of; Abdoulaye Konaté, artist, Mali.

5:00 pm - Institutional Auditorium

“.org” “Creativity as a solution

The impact of charities art related projects in supporting the development of the

infrastructure for the promotion of the arts in African countries.

Moderated by The African Art in Venice Team.

With: Terry Torok, LALELA; Lungi Morrison, Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment

Consortium; Hakeem KaeKazim, Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium;

Adama Sanneh, Program Director Fondazione Lettera27; AMREF.

6:30 pm - Institutional Auditorium

Outlook“Below the Line: Africa's Engagement with the Southern Hemisphere”

Curated by Another Antipode, promoter of the first major exhibition of African

contemporary art in Australia.

With: Valerie Kabov, curator; Neelika Jayawardane, co-founder of Africa is a Country,

Duncan Wylie, artist, Zimbabwe.

Wednesday 10th May

11:00 am - Institutional Auditorium

“.org” “Web-Africanism, digital platforms, cross border narratives and the promotion

of the art in Africa

Moderated by Claude Grunitzky Chairman and Editor-in-chief at True Africa


Biannually, Venice becomes the world capital of contemporary art. Art enthusiasts, curators, artists, and journalists attend and discuss important social topics regarding the Biennale’s participants. Comparatively by geography, population, and the creative capability of the African continent, very little has been exhibited and discussed about many African countries until now. The lack of content becomes a lack of debate and research.

How unrepresented countries can develop and improve their infrastructure for the promotion of the arts? Which are the factors preventing their community of creatives from thriving both on a national and a global level?

By adding a new platform open to speakers from all countries of the African continent, and many other from international organizations, to present and discuss salient global and diaspora-specific topics, we believe we can trigger the process that will take to the participation of more African national pavilions at the Venice Biennale.

We are committed to keep the Forum as an inclusive platform for networking to proactively facilitate the creation of new collaborations and opportunities, thus adopting a synergistic approach rather than a competitive one.
The project’s partners embrace its synergistic approach, knowing that collaborating and creating new opportunities can add value to the art scene in Africa. They believe that by supporting creatives and intellectuals, mainly through connecting them from across the continent in a global event can help them in researching, developing, and sharing contemporary African narratives. This effort can also encourage the social and economic discourse being explored in current African art practices.


In the evening of the 9th of May we will hold a Networking Gala to help our speakers and guests to connect and create new opportunities. The Paradise Playground Party, which will follow the dinner, will celebrate the first edition of the African Art in Venice Forum.


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