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Venice, 2024. Photo: Helen Grace

60th Venice Biennale

8 Jun 2024
Venice Biennale 20 Apr - 24 Nov 2024

Each afternoon during the 2024 Venice Biennale vernissage, fierce storm clouds gathered over the city, threatening an awe-filled tempest. But each time, only a little rain fell, and the weather cleared. In its one-hundred-and-thirty-year history, many storms have gathered around the Biennale. Yet the clouds have always dissipated, and the exhibition persists as a major global art event despite its outmoded framework of competing national pavilions and the vision of the world this implies.

If a function does remain for the Biennale, it may be that it can provide a backdrop against which other visions of the world might emerge. This year, that potential is shaped by the Brazilian curator Adriano Pedrosa and his theme, Stranieri Ovunque—Foreigners Everywhere (2024). Pedrosa is the Biennale’s first curator with a predominantly Global South career (though Okwui Enwezor was technically the first Global South curator by origin, his career was largely in the Global North). Meanwhile, the Antipodesor Oceania in generalran away with the Golden Lions for Best National Participation (granted to the Australia Pavilion and Archie Moore’s kith and kin, 2024) and Best Artist in the International Exhibition (awarded to New Zealand/Aotearoa’s Mataaho Collective).

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