About the African Art in Venice Forum
Every two years, with the Venice Biennale, Venice becomes the capital of contemporary art. However, numerous regional and cultural areas are still excluded from this conversation. Gathering the necessary support to set up a national pavilion at the Venice Biennale remains an overwhelming challenge for many countries, especially those experiencing socio-economic constraints and political instabilities.
The African Art in Venice Forum (AAVF) was born in 2017 with the aim of bringing together in Venice the unrepresented voices of the contemporary African art ecosystem, present their creative message, and open a broader cultural dialogue during the opening of the Biennale. A varied range of more than 1,000 art professionals, lovers and researchers gathered around this free, open and inclusive platform with enthusiasm and passion: lasting connections were forged; a lively community for discussion and knowledge-exchange was born; and many described the initiative as a transformational experience.
Encouraged by this success, we are renewing our commitment by bringing again the AAVF to the opening week of the 2019 Venice Biennale. This second edition will unfold through a similar format - featuring open and free talks, workshops, and presentations around contemporary African art to provide resonance to artists and projects from across the African continent and beyond, and open a wider space for dialogue and exchange.
But this year, we want to bring the African Art in Venice Forum one step further in accordance with its overarching vision of radical inclusivity and accessibility. Being in Venice during the opening of the Biennale remains a privilege not everybody can afford. Our goal for 2019 is to livestream the event, record it and provide open access to its content. This will allow old and new friends to join the community and participate to the dialogue—regardless of their geographic location and ability to travel.
Why is this important?
The African Art in Venice Forum (AAVF) provides new opportunities of exchange and visibility for contemporary art from Africa and its diasporas in the cultural and infrastructural context of the Venice Biennale. As art professionals gather from all over the world to attend the Biennale, many countries are made invisible by the lack of national pavilions and projects transversally representing regional, cultural, or historical components stemming from the African continent.
In 2017, over 75 speakers from 5 different continents contributed with their ideas, knowledge and experience to the success of the AAVF. The vast community gathered around the initiative demonstrates the need for innovative, open and accessible platforms to expand the dialogue around contemporary African art.
Allowing artists, creatives, and professionals from all over the world to virtually joining the African Art in Venice Forum would significantly contribute to its vision: nurturing a truly inclusive and open space of dialogues around contemporary African art during the first week of one of the most important international art exhibitions - the Biennale di Venezia.
In order to realize this project, we will team up with a great tech-savvy company based in Italy, to develop the best possible online platform and make available the most relevant recordings on our website www.aavforum.com and on the main video streaming platforms.
Through a newly developed, dedicated live streaming platform accessible through the AAVF website and our Facebook page, we can ensure the experience of the African Art in Venice Forum is open and accessible to a wider virtual audience who will be able to interact live via questions and comments with the speakers and attendees in Venice. We will also ensure that content will be available after the event by presenting it on our website and a dedicated YouTube channel.
About African Art Dialogues
The non-for-profit organization behind the initiative is called African Art Dialogues and its members contribute to the project by serving pro-bono. We believe in a world enriched by a broader spectrum of creative practices and cultural dialogues. We advocate for a more diverse, inclusive, and balanced art ecosystem that nourishes the human ability to address individual, societal and global issues of our time.
The African Art in Venice Forum was born in 2017 to activate our vision and provide a dedicated platform during the Venice Biennale that could help pave the way for the development of thorough, nuanced and inclusive conversations on contemporary art relating to Africa and its diasporas.
What will your contribution support?
By joining us on Kickstarter you will allow the creation of a new live streaming platform which will be accessible through the AAVF website and Facebook pages for virtual audience to watch and participate to the African Art in Venice Forum. The platform will be designed to allow questions and interactions with the speakers and the attendees present in Venice.
A network of partnering screening sites across the African continent and beyond will back the initiative to allow old and new participants to join the Forum’s community and engage in the dialogue, regardless of their geographic location and ability to travel.
Furthermore, the recording of the talks, presentations, and workshops will be stored on the AAVF website and YouTube channel and will be accessible to the wider public, thus facilitating research and knowledge sharing beyond the event itself.
You will, therefore, contribute to the very mission of the African Art in Venice Forum and help us open the conversation around contemporary African art to the largest possible number of people.
Why we chose Kickstarter and its enthusiastic community?
Kickstarter is the best possible partner for our project: since its inception, its mission has been to employ digital tools to share important projects and make them become reality. We could not choose a better ally in our endeavor towards accessibility, openness, and inclusion.
As a thank you, we will ship you a beautifully designed donation certificate, which you can frame and proudly hang on your wall!
Limited Edition Tote Bag
Bring the African Art in Venice Forum everywhere you go! You will receive our 2019 custom-made tote bag.
AAVF Priority Access
The Forum is a first-come-first-served event, but you won't have to worry about this. Thanks to this donation you will receive priority access to all AAVF programmed activities up to 10 minutes before the beginning of each one!
Something We Africans Got
You will receive the latest issue of Something We Africans Got, a magazine on arts and culture from the continent and beyond, published and beautifully curated by one of the AAVF partners. Donation of Something We Africans Got.
African Art in Venice Party (x1)
Help us celebrate the AAVF by joining our 2019 party in Venice on May the 8th. The party is a by invitation only event and will welcome our partners, speakers and around 200 friends of the AAVF.
African Art in Venice Party (x2)
Help us celebrate the AAVF by joining the magic of our 2019 party in Venice on May the 8th! The party is a by invitation only event and will welcome our partners, speakers and around 200 friends of the AAVF. The invitation is valid for two persons.
AAVF & Party Full Priority Package
You will access the full African Art in Venice Forum experience: priority seating at all programmed activities of the AAVF 2019 for one person; an invitation to join our celebration at our 2019 AAVF party valid for two persons. The party is a by invitation only event and will welcome our partners, speakers and around 200 friends of the AAVF.
Investec Cape Town Art Fair VIP Access
You will receive a VIP invitation valid for two persons for Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020. Donation of Investec Cape Town Art Fair.
African Art in Venice Party (x5)
Help us celebrate the AAVF with your friends by joining our 2019 party in Venice on May the 8th. The party is a by invitation only event and will welcome our partners, speakers and around 200 friends of the AAVF. You will receive an invitation to our party in Venice for you and 4 of your friends.
One artwork from Musa N. Nxumalo's In/Glorious Series, produced for the Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, France, in 2017
Musa Nxumalo was born in Soweto, South Africa in 1986 – where he currently lives and works. His work explores youth culture, identity and the journey to self-discovery. Nxumalo received his introduction to photography at the Market Photo Workshop with Sabelo Mlangeni and the late Thabiso Sekgala, who together are often associated with the new generation of contemporary South African photographers. He is the recipient of several awards: the Edward Ruiz Mentorship in 2008, 2nd Prize for the MTN CITY Festival in 2009 and 1st prize in Visual Art for the Impact Awards in 2010. Nxumalo’s work forms part of several private and public collections, most notably the Pigozzi Collection in Switzerland. Donation of SMAC Gallery.
The Cape Town Experience
You will receive a VIP invitation valid for two persons for Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020 and 3 nights accommodation in double or twin bedroom in Cape Town during the opening days of Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020. Donation of Investec Cape Town Art Fair.
Cyrus Kabiru's large scale photo Kwa Kubadilishana Utamaduni, Macho Nne: At The Dot, 2017
Cyrus Kabiru was born in 1984 in Nairobi, Kenya. He is one of the Quartz’s Africa Innovators for 2016; a fellowship at TED’s The Young, The Gifted, The Undiscovered. His work was part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Cyrus Kabiru’s work is included in numerous public and private collections, including: the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) permanent collection in Cape Town, South Africa; the Studio Museum in Harlem permanent collection, in New York City, USA; the Lemaître Collection, in Paris, France; the Han Nefkens H+F Collection, in Rotterdam, Netherlands; Kuona Trust, in Nairobi, Kenya; Scheryn Art Fund, in Cape Town, South Africa; and the Tiroche DeLeon Collection in Gibraltar, amongst others. Donation of SMAC Gallery.
Risks and challenges
Although our best effort, along the road, we might encounter issues with setting up the proper technical and digital tools to support the project, but we will keep you posted on the advancement of the platform and of the AAV Forum at large, ensuring you will be the first to learn about what we will be implementing to make the programme an enriching and accessible experience for all!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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