This review considers the curatorial strategies employed by each pavilion at the Fifty-Fourth Venice Biennale in 2011 and the ways that they represent national perspectives through themed group exhibitions. The works of individual artists are discussed in terms of their contribution to the curators’ intentions. The new pavilions representing Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Haiti brought an influx of artistic positions to Venice but also demonstrated anxiety about under-or misrepresenting their art scenes back home.
Research Article|November 01 2012
Conspicuous Nationalisms in African Art at the 54th Venice Biennale
Rebekah Flake is an artist and critic based in Philadelphia. She received her MA from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art in 2009. She recently studied at the University of Mississippi, where she also lectured in art history, and is now pursing an MFA at the Tyler School of Art.
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Nka (2012) 2012 (31): 112-123.
Rebekah Flake; Conspicuous Nationalisms in African Art at the 54th Venice Biennale. Nka 1 November 2012; 2012 (31): 112–123. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10757163-1586490
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