Venice Biennale 2024

The latest publication about the artworld

Venice Biennale 2024: Foreigners Everywhere

20 April – 24 November 2024, Giardini and Arsenale venues
The 60th International Art Exhibition will take place from 20 April to 24 November 2024 (pre-opening on April 17, 18 and 19), curated by Adriano Pedrosa (the artistic director of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – MASP; the 2023 recipient of the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence, that was presented to him by the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York).
Stranieri Ovunque (Foreigners Everywhere) became the title of the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, is drawn from a series of works started in 2004 by the Paris-born and Palermo-based Claire Fontaine collective. The phrase comes from the name of a Turin collective that fought racism and xenophobia in Italy in the early 2000s. The exhibition will spotlight artists from diverse backgrounds, giving space and visibility to previously marginalized groups, such as immigrants, expatriates, queer people, and indigenous individuals.

«The expression Stranieri Ovunque has several meanings. First of all, that wherever you go and wherever you are you will always encounter foreigners— they/we are everywhere. Secondly, that no matter where you find yourself, you are always truly, and deep down inside, a foreigner», explains Adriano Pedrosa.

The Biennale Arte 2024 has favoured artists who have never participated in the International Exhibition, though a number of them may have been featured in a National Pavilion, a Collateral Event, or in a past edition of the International Exhibition. Special attention is being given to outdoor projects, both in the Arsenale and in the Giardini.
The Exhibition will also include 90 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the city centre of Venice.

The public organization Ukrainian Photography, led by curators Viktoria Bavykina and Max Gorbatskyi, will represent Ukraine this year with the project “Weaving the Nets”. The work refers to the metaphor of weaving a camouflage net as a joint action. The authors of the project are Ukrainian artists Katya Buchatska, Andrii Dostliev and Lia Dostlieva, Andriy Rachinskiy and Daniil Revkovskiy. Misha Buksha, Sasha Burlaka and Olena Kasperovych were engaged in the project.

“It’s a joint action that helps people. However, the participants are free in this horizontal interaction. It seemed to us to be a good metaphor for what Ukrainians are experiencing now, and in general since the Revolution of Dignity. Ukrainians have a very increased need for collective action, it has become one of the conditions of our survival. But at the same time, this interaction does not diminish any participant, allowing everyone to be emancipated. Our project does not oppose the collective to the individual, but rather strengthens them’, curators explained.

Learn more here