Desire: Ideal Narratives in Contemporary South African Art at the 54th edition of International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Interview with commissioner Lethole Mokoena by Ilari Valbonesi.
Desire: Ideal Narratives in Contemporary South African Art, curated by Thembinkosi Goniwe marks democratic South Africa’s debut at the Venice Art Biennale. Over the past 17 years, since throwing off apartheid rule and entering into the ‘club of nations’ with constitutional democracies, South Africa has emerged as a symbol of how best to fan freedom from the ashes of bondage.
Whether working within or outside South Africa, the artists Mary Sibande, Lyndi Sales and Siemon Allen explore conditions that give rise to lack of and longing for personal and societal change: to desire, whilst also participating in and contribute to an ever-widening ‘global history of art’.
Artists: Mary Sibande * 1982 Barberton, South Africa. Lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Siemon Allen * 1970 Durban, South Africa. Lives in Washington DC, USA; Lyndi Sales * 1973 Johannesburg, South Africa. Lives in Cape Town, South Africa
Venue: Torre di Porta Nuova, Arsenale Nuovissimo