AFRICAN IDENTITIES 2022

VENUE: AKKA Project, Venezia
START: 23/04/2022
END: 27/11/2022

On the 59th Venice Art Biennale occasion, AKKA Project is thrilled to announce African Identities. This group exhibition aims to highlight the importance of the Arts and Artists from the African Continent. The exhibition will run from April to November 2022.

The first edition of African Identities will focus on exploring the art scene of East Africa. Counting on so many different ethnic groups and cultures, talents, and styles, AKKA Project aims to present and gather these many artists, including established and young talents, under one roof, giving them an opportunity for fruitful dialogues.

Each territory has mastered its unique distinctiveness. Individually each has bloomed from the fertile soil and risen to diverse original contemporary artists who masterfully experiment with new subjects, styles, and materials.

AKKA Project aspires to create a unique and enriching experience, allowing visitors to discover the artists’ stories and works in Venice during the period of La Biennale 2022. All this is African Identities: a unity cluster of artworks and artists from Africa.

Thanks to our partnership with KUNSTMATRIX, you can enjoy the virtual reality experience and discover African Identities exhibition in 3D at the following link.

CHAPTER I

APRIL – JUNE

VENUE: AKKA Project, Venezia
START: 23.04.2022
END: 03.06.2022

OPENING HOURS: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS: Opening: 23rd April 2022 (by invitation only)

Come to discover African Identities: a unity cluster of artworks and artists from the African Continent. The first chapter will see artists such as Filipe Branquinho, participating artists at the National Pavilion of Mozambique during the Venice Biennale in 2019; Charles Bhebe, participating artists at the National Pavilion of Zimbabwe for the Venice Biennale in 2017 and many others.

Participating artists:
Evans Mbugua
Boniface Maina
Peterson Kamwathi 
Shabu Mwangi
Filipe Branquinho
Matt Kayem
Charles Bhebe
Doddridge Busingye 
Franklin Dzingai Rima

VIEWING ROOM ACCESS

    CHAPTER II

    JUNE – JULY

    VENUE: AKKA Project, Venezia
    START: 06.06.2022
    END: 15.07.2022

    OPENING HOURS: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

    Each territory has mastered its unique distinctiveness. Individually each has bloomed from the fertile soil and risen to diverse original contemporary artists who masterfully experiment with new subjects, styles, and materials.
    Following this concept, African Identities Chapter II will exhibit the below-listed artists

    Elias Mung’ora
    Hilda Mumbi
    Nadia Wamunyu
    Allan Kioko
    Baraka
    Jimmy Kitheka
    Michael Soi
    Paul Njihia
    Rodrigo Mabunda
    Tafadzwa Gwetai
    Longinos Nagila
    Onyis Martin
    Luis Sozinho 

    VIEWING ROOM ACCESS

      CHAPTER III

      JULY-AUGUST

      VENUE: AKKA Project, Venezia
      START: 18.07.2022
      END: 29.08.2022

      OPENING HOURS: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

      AKKA Project is thrilled to bring you Chapter III of the African Identities group exhibition. Chapter III showcases the works of 14 artists – from Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe. 
      The talented group is part of a fresh wave of creatives playing with tradition and exploring socially-driven compositions and narratives through contemporary African art. Promoting the African Identities exhibition during the 59th Venice Biennale is a key priority for us, bringing contemporary African art to Venice as we look to continue to internationalize contemporary African art and expose it to an even wider audience.

      David Thuku
      Remmy Sserwadda
      Tanaka Mazivanhanga
      Peteros Ndunde
      Solomon Iuvai 
      Samuel Djive 
      Ronex Ahimbisbwe
      Dennis Muraguri 
      Michael Musyoka
      Ventura Mulalene Zucula
      Cyprian Rasto 
      Moisés Ernesto Matsinhe Mafuiane (Butcheca)
      John Kotzé

      CHAPTER IV

      SPECIAL PROJECT: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

      STAY TUNED to find out who is going to be the next artist in residence

      CHAPTER V

      OCTOBER – NOVEMBER

      STAY TUNED!

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