Venice becomes a vibrant hub of contemporary African art with the exhibition “AFRICA 1:1 Five African Artists at Ca’ Pesaro” at the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna. Running until October 1, 2023, the exhibition showcases site-specific works by five talented African artists: Option Nyahunzvi from Zimbabwe, Pamela Enyonu from Uganda, Alexandre Kyungu from DR Congo, and Boniface Maina and Ngugi Waweru from Kenya.
The exhibition is a result of the collaborative effort between AKKA Project, Africa First, and Ca’ Pesaro. In conjunction with the 18th Architecture Biennale, the project initiated the AFRICA 1:1 LAB, an Artists Residency Program that invited these young African artists to experience Venice’s dynamic art scene while contributing their unique creative perspectives to the city. Their works serve as a prelude to the highly anticipated Laboratory of the Future of the 18th Architecture Biennale, curated by Lesley Lokko.
The artists’ works explore a diverse range of themes and concepts. Pamela Enyonu, Alexandre Kyungu, and Ngugi Waweru delve into discussions surrounding identity, trauma, and socio-political spaces, sparking profound reflections. Boniface Maina offers a surrealistic vision that engages in a dialogue with the museum’s collections, creating intriguing connections. Option Nyahunzvi, on the other hand, ventures into new realms of spirituality, presenting thought-provoking perspectives.
Through this exhibition, contemporary African art finds its place within the walls of the International Gallery of Modern Art, enriching Venice’s cultural landscape. It is a testament to the power of artistic exchange and cross-cultural collaboration, fostering a deeper understanding of the diverse artistic voices emerging from the African continent. Visitors are invited to engage with these compelling artworks and embark on a journey of exploration and discovery.
Location: Ca’ Pesaro Gallery, Venice
Schedule: until Oct. 1, 2023