Outrage over Chinese artists chosen to represent Kenya at Venice Biennale

The Guardian | Serubiri Moses:

Using foreigners in the east African country’s delegation to world’s biggest art event is a ‘monumental embarrassment’, say critics. Contemporary& reports

Kenyan artists have expressed their frustration after it was announced that six of the eight people selected to represent the country at this year’s Venice Biennale will be Chinese.

A painting from the series ‘The Shame in Venice’ by Kenyan artist Michael Soi. Photograph: Michael Soi 

The selection includes artists Li Gang, Shi Jinsong, and Qin Feng, who critics say have never been to Kenya and do not reference the country in their work.

For Kenyans this is depressingly familiar: at the country’s first outing at the Biennale in 2013 there was a similar controversy because only two of 12 participating artists were Kenyan-born. The entrants were selected by two Italian commissioners…


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