Walking and boating through tourists-saturated Venice to catch as much as possible of the Biennale exhibitions, openings and parties is a tall order. The feeling of having missed too much despite the effort is overwhelming, as the event seems to be growing exponentially with each edition. As any large exhibition, the current Biennale shows an array of very good works. Remarkably so, it also proposes the affirmative inclusion of prominent senior artists, which reveals much needed due respect to essential contributions to contemporary art languages. However, the central exhibition curated by Centre Pompidou curator Christine Macel seems to reenact... Read The Rest →
‘Crosswords’ exhibition at Hangar, Lisbon Participating artists: Augusto de Campos Detanico e Lain León Ferrari Fernanda Fragateiro Milumbe Haimbe Alfredo Jaar Kiluanji Kia Henda Reynier Leyva Novo Paulo Nazareth Zineb Sedira
Photos by Carl de Keyzer (Magnum) Curatorial essay Gabriela Salgado
Works by Demián Flores Cortés, Ayrson Heráclito and Eddy Kamuanga
Telling Time: A refreshing edition of the ‘Bamako Encounters: African Biennale of Photography’ in Mali
Under the artistic directorship of Bisi Silva and a curatorial team formed by herself, Yves Chatap and Antwan Byrd, the 10th edition of the Biennale – reborn after a 4 year gap due to the armed conflict – examines the concept of time through lens media production in Africa and the diaspora The central exhibition at the National Museum of Mali, ‘Telling Time’ approaches past present and future in photographs and videos by 39 selected artists from an open call. Exhibitions around the city... Read The Rest →
Artists, curators and other Londoners flocked in to catch the magic of Kentridge’s first show in London for over a decade in its last day. Mesmerised viewers immersed themselves in the panoramic 40 m long video installation ‘More Sweetly Play the Dance’. Possibly one of the best shows in town.
‘Truth: Women, Creativity and Memory of Slavery’ – Symposium organized by the UN at Fordham University, New York This month I participated in this event, organized by the United Nations in the framework of ‘Remember Slavery Program’. A panel of scholars and artists presented their contributions on the remarkable roles that women played during the times of slavery in the Americas. Among other papers, Dr Deborah Willis (NYU) presented an ensemble of stunning photographs that document the lives of African Americans during and after slavery. I focused my presentation on Afro Brazilian artist Rosana Paulino’s work... Read The Rest →