The Must-See Pavilions at the 60th Venice Biennale 2024

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Venice Biennale Must-See

The 60th International Art Exhibition takes place from 20 April to 24 November 2024, curated by Adriano Pedrosa.

In a historic first, Jeffrey Gibson represents the United States, marking the only time in the American Pavilion’s history that an Indigenous American artist has done it solo. Gibson created a dynamic visual language that reflects the inherent diversity and hybridity of American culture. 
Using abundant colour, complex patterns, and text, he invites deep reflection on identity, inspires empathy, and advocates for a widening of access to democracy and freedom for all.

Koo, the artist behind the South Korean pavilion at the Venice Biennale, is known for transformative and large-scale installations that play with space and the senses.
The artwork titled “Odorama Cities” evokes a portrait of the Korean peninsula through scent. Together with the fragrance brand Nonfiction, they translated and categorised Koo’s research into 17 distinct scent experiences. 

Kanagawa-born installation artist Yuko Mohri represents Japan. Her exhibition at the Japanese pavilion will be themed around crisis as the catalyst for human creativity. She is focusing on environmental issues with her work, which acts like a circular economy approach to creating art. 
The exhibition questions what it means for people to be together – at home, in society and at work – that pandemic changed. The post-pandemic world also faces a planetary climate emergency.

Julien Creuzet, a young French-Caribbean sculptor whose star is on the rise, represents France in Venice. An immersive installation instigates a dialogue between the founding imaginaries and myths of our hybrid societies. 
In his work, water, the seas and oceans are vehicles of his vision of history, of the movements of people, ideas and forms, drawing references from different geographies, around the Caribbean, Latin America and West Africa, which have their echoes on the European continent and in Venice.

United Kingdom John Akomfrah’s absorbing film cycles, complete with swelling music, ponder the links between migrants to England, from Holbein to the Windrush generation. Born in Ghana and moved to England early in his childhood, John Akomfrah is one of today’s most widely celebrated filmmakers.

Kapwani Kiwanga transformed the Canada Pavilion by way of a site-specific sculptural installation on the building’s interior and exterior, turning it into a large-scale tableau. 
The installation principally consists of conterie (seed beads), historically employed as both currency and items of exchange, each bead acting as a witness to past transactions that changed the socioeconomic landscape of the 16th century and beyond. The work addresses the often-destructive history of commerce and how the trade of these beads shaped the world. 

The Ukrainian Open Group collective and curator Marta Czyż presented the project in the Polish Pavilion. Repeat after Me II features refugees, speaking of their war experiences through the sounds of weapons they recall, then encouraging the audience to follow their lead. Beyond the reach of the endless sirens, the sounds of war remain part of trauma and symbolically spread their range.

Archie Moore won the award for his artwork, kith and kin, at the Australia Pavilion. The work, which has involved the artist mapping a sprawling genealogy in chalk, concerns 65,000 years of Indigenous Australian history and nonlinear concepts of time and place. Below the vast family tree stands a white table covered in records of First Nations deaths, including those in police and prison custody.

The Peruvian artist Sandra Gamarra Heshiki born in Lima and residing in Madrid, represents Spain at the Venice Biennale. It is the first time in 60 editions that an artist not born in Spain has done so. Her project, 'Pinacoteca migrante', questions colonial narratives and historical modes of representation. 

Under the title Thresholds, the German Pavilion narrates history and the future from various artistic positions, and explores history, migration, and the transient nature of the present.
For people with biographies characterised by migration, the temporal perception of the present as a threshold between the retrospective and the prospective is paired with a fundamental spatial and physical experience of living at the intersection of different belongings. The artists Yael Bartana, Ersan Mondtag, Michael Akstaller, Nicole L’Huillier, Robert Lippok and Jan St. Werner take on a journey through past and future uncertain stories. 
The Venice Biennale 2024: Foreigners Everywhere continues until 24 November