International Art Exhibition
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South Africa is readying its creative forces to put on a thought-provoking showcase that’ll spotlight the concept of home and reconnection at the renowned International Art Exhibition—La Biennale di Venezia!


Global (23 February 2024) — The 60th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, is around the corner and South Africa is readying its creative forces to put on a thought-provoking showcase centred around a theme both pensive and close to home.

Under the overarching International Art Exhibition’s theme ‘Foreigners Everywhere/ ‘Strainer Ovunque’, the South African Pavilion will be presenting a showcase titled ‘Quiet Ground’. Led by think and do tank non-profit, the Institute for Creative Repair and curated by senior lecturer and curator of African and African Diaspora, Dr Portia Malatjie, the message here is one of how hope can grow from hardships against the backdrop of feeling foreign in your own home.

‘Quiet Ground’ will also spotlight a fresh commission and sound installation ‘Dinokana’ by art duo MADEYOULOOK (Molemo Moiloa and Nate Mokgotho).

With these brilliant creative minds behind the steering wheel, South Africa’s showcase will take the International Art Exhibition on a journey as to how the possibilities of individual and collective repair can grow from the spaces of displacement, as well as how those who are dispossessed reconnect with the land through experiences like land rehabilitation.

The Institute of Creative Repair’s mission is to heal people, communities and institutions through art, heritage and culture. As such, Quiet Ground will speak to re-rooting South Africa despite dispossession and finding solace in our homeland despite historical and present disconnection.

Through three art pillars (Art in South Africa, The Land as Classroom, and notions of Repair through Art), they showcase a message that may be rooted in hardship but can grow into hope. Although it will be presented to the world, it is largely a message for South Africa.

The La Biennale di Venecia will kickstart on 20 April and run all the way until 24 November!

Sources: Department of Sport, Art and Agriculture 
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