AFRICAN IDENTITIES 2022

VENUE: AKKA Project, Venice
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 V

OCTOBER – NOVEMBER

VENUE: AKKA Project, Venice
START: 29.10.2022
END: 27.11.2022

OPENING HOURS: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Following the path of the leading show AKKA Project has carried on, on the occasion of the 59th Venice Biennale, we are thrilled to announce the fifth and final chapter of African Identities, group exhibition. For the last Chapter V, the gallery is showcasing works by the below-listed artists, only focusing on sculpture and photography:

Gonçalo Mabunda
Filipe Branquinho
Margaret Ngigi
Reinata Sadimba
Peter Mukhaye

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    CHAPTER IV

    SPECIAL PROJECT: ARTIST’S RESIDENCY

    VENUE: AKKA Project, Venice
    START: 01.09.2022
    END: 28.10.2022

    AKKA Project is excited to announce the special projects we have incorporated into our ongoing seven-month-long African Identities group exhibition.
    Following the AKKA Project Venice Artist Residency program of 2021, we are thrilled to reveal the residency outcome by announcing Cyrus Kabiru’s solo exhibition, A Small World.

    During Cyrus’s solo exhibition, the AKKA Project Venice Residency program will include the onboarding of the new selected resident artist, Pamela Enyonu. During Pamela’s two months residency at AKKA Project, she will be able to explore and challenge her creative processes. This time allows the artist to work on a concept, research, reflect, immerse themselves and get inspired by Venice. The artist-in-residence will draw inspiration from Venice, the Italian territory, its culture, colors, and traditions. The residency outcome will be exhibited as a solo show at AKKA Project Venice in the coming year.

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      CHAPTER III

      JULY – AUGUST

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

      OPENING HOURS: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

      AKKA Project is thrilled to bring you Chapter III of the African Identities group exhibition. The third chapter 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 Luvai 
      Samuel Djive 
      Ronex Ahimbisbwe
      Dennis Muraguri 
      Michael Musyoka
      Ventura Mulalene Zucula
      Cyprian Rasto 
      Butcheca
      John Kotzé

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        CHAPTER II

        JUNE – JULY

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

        OPENING HOURS: 10 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 

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          CHAPTER I

          APRIL – JUNE

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

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

          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

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