The Venice Biennale has revealed the lineup of 332 artists for this year’s main exhibition, titled “Foreigners Everywhere.” Curated by Adriano Pedrosa, director of São Paulo’s Museu de Arte, the theme explores global movements and crises related to migration. Running from April 20th to November 24th, the exhibition will prominently feature Indigenous artists, including Kay WalkingStick, MAHKU collective, and Māori quartet Mata Aho Collective. Pedrosa highlighted how Indigenous populations are often treated as foreigners in their own countries. Venice Biennale 2024 Unveils ‘Foreigners Everywhere’ Exhibition Featuring Indigenous and Queer Artists
The exhibition is divided into two sections: “Nucleo Contemporaneo” for contemporary art and “Nucleo Storico” for historical art. The contemporary section broadens the concept of “foreigner” beyond geographical borders to include those marginalized for cultural, sexual, or social identities. Featured artists include queer figures such as Isaac Chong Wai, Louis Fratino, Erica Rutherford, and Evelyn Taocheng Wang. Pedrosa, the first openly queer curator of the Biennale, emphasized the diverse perspectives represented.
The historical section, “Nucleo Storico,” showcases 20th-century artists from Latin America, Africa, the Arab world, and Asia, exploring the interplay between European modernism and Indigenous influences in the Global South. Divided into portraits, abstraction, and the Italian diaspora, artists like Cícero Dias, Yêdamaria, Rómulo Rozo, Eduardo Terrazas, Fanny Sanín, Etel Adnan, Nenne Sanguineti Poggi, Gianni Bertini, and Lidy Prati contribute to this exploration.
The exhibition includes a wide array of artists, from historically celebrated figures like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to emerging talents such as WangShui and Lydia Ourahmane. The full list of artists is available for download, promising a thought-provoking and diverse showcase of artistic expressions at the 60th Venice Biennale.
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