Artiglierie at the Arsenale
Check List Luanda Pop
Fernando Alvim and Simon Njami
>> List of artists
30 artists. The list includes biographies and links to more information and photos.
Works from the Sindika Dokolo African Collection of Contemporary Art in Luanda, Angola
Contemporary African art is represented in the Arsenale as
a special section of the 52. International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.
The concept for this section was chosen out of requested proposals by a jury
of experts (see press release). They opted for the
exhibition project of the Angolan artist Fernando Alvin and the France based
curator Simon Njami from Cameroon. Titled "Check List Luanda Pop",
the concept consists of showing selected works from the Sindika Dokolo African
Collection of Contemporary Art in Luanda, which was co-founded by Alvim and
currently encompasses about 500 pieces by 140 artists from 28 African countries.
>> Press release
Concept, texts, artists, contact (May 2007)
Produced and organized by
Sindika Dokolo Foundation
Criticism of the jury's decision
The selection of the Sindika Dokolo Collection's project encounters criticism - in particular in relation to the collector's person and the origin of his wealth. More on this subject:
Art and Corruption in Venice
By Ben Davis. In: Artnet News, 23 Febr. 2007
Update on Dokolo in Venice
Including a reply by Sindika Dokolo.
In: Artnet News, 18 May 2007
See also in Universes in Universe:
Touring exhibition, artistic direction: Simon Njami. Extensive photo report - 72 artists
Contemporary African Art, curated by Gilane Tawadros, 50th Venice Biennial, 2003
Authentic / Ex-centric
Exhibition, curated by Salah Hassan and Olu Oguibe, 49th Venice Biennial, 2001
Nafas. Art Magazine
Numerous contributions on the arts from Africa