SA trips as Joburg lands on the steps of the Venice Biennale

Mail & Guardian | Stefanie Jason:


Unlike the Joburg showcase, the SA pavilion will present a show that many believe does not reflect the demographics of SA.


Some of the artists who will be going as part of the Johannesburg pavilion show: Arya Lalloo, Bettina Malcomess, Bogosi Sekhukhuni, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Senzeni Mthwakazi Marasela. (Photo: Fredrik)

A day after the attacks that tore through Durban’s city centre began and displaced thousands of foreigners, I meet Christopher Till, the director of the Apartheid Museum, and Jeremy Rose, from the Mashabane Rose architecture firm, to discuss their being awarded the right to curate the South African pavilion at the 56th la Biennale di Venezia. It is difficult not to launch into issues relating to the headlines.

“So many things are happening in our country, and we have been looking for artists who are concerned with, and articulating those issues,” Till says, explaining how they chose the 13 artists to participate in the exhibition, titled What Remains is Tomorrow…


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