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Kenyan Artists’ Outcry Wakes Up the Government

Christopher Vourlias | Mail & Guardian   in  ·
April 30, 2015

When the news was announced in March that Kenya would be hosting a national pavilion at the Venice Biennale for the third time in the country’s history, what might have seemed an honour quickly became mired in controversy.

Of the seven artists chosen to represent the East African nation, five were Chinese, one was a Kenyan-born artist living in Switzerland and the other was an Italian sculptor and hotelier who has lived in Kenya for 47 years. Artists and critics took to social media to decry what one commentator called a pavilion “fronted by a band of cynics”.


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