Venice Biennale honours Africa’s ‘bottle-top artist’ El Anatsui

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The Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui, one of Africa’s most influential artists, says he is delighted to be receiving the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale.


One of his largest wall-hangings was displayed at London’s Royal Academy. October Gallery

“It’s a good feeling to be recognised but at the same time it puts a lot of responsibility on one to make sure that you live up to the award’s expectations,” he told BBC Africa.

“A Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement would tend to give the impression that one is at the end of the road,” he added, laughing.

“It means that there’s a feeling that my practice is maybe at an end, which I don’t think so.”

The 70 year old, who works in Nigeria and Ghana, is getting the award at a ceremony on Saturday on the recommendation of the curator of this year’s exhibition, Okwui Enwezor…


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