African Art in Venice Forum: a platform bringing together a multiplicity of voices

In conjunction with the opening week of the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte di Venezia, tomorrow will start the African Art in Venice Forum (AAVF), a public and free discursive event presented every other year in Venice. The project provides a new platform to present and discuss topics related to contemporary art from Africa and its diasporas in the cultural, professional, and infrastructural context of the Venice Biennale.

AAVF was born in 2017 with the aim of bringing together in Venice a multiplicity of voices of the contemporary African art ecosystem, presenting their creative message, and opening a broader cultural dialogue during the Biennale’s opening week. During the AAVF first two editions, more than 150 speakers from 5 different continents contributed with their knowledge, experience, and thought-provoking ideas to the creation of a rich process of information-sharing. Over 20,000 art professionals, art lovers, and researchers gathered around the free, open, and inclusive platform of the African Art in Venice Forum, either physically or online, demonstrating the need for this open and accessible platform to expand the dialogue around contemporary African art.

On Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21, AAVF 2022 will feature talks and readings, with an expanded interactive format spanning two full days. Here the full program.

The African Art in Venice Forum is produced by African Art Dialogues, a non-for-profit organization registered in Italy whose members serve on a pro-bono basis.

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