Meet the Curator and Artists presenting the South African Pavillion at the 60th Venice Biennale 2024

Hosted in the VIP Lounge

16 February 2024
11:30 – 12:30
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Lower Long Street 1, 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Introduction session with Curator Portia Malatjie, assistant curator Siwa Mgoboza and featured artists MADEYOULOOK a Johannesburg based interdisciplinary artist collaborative between Molemo Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho. They will briefly unpack the curatorial concept and provide a sneak preview of what to expect at the biennale.


The South African Pavilion is readying for the 60th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (20 April- 24 November 2024), where the country will present an exhibition with a bold message for the world today.


Titled Quiet Ground, the exhibition is curated by Portia Malatjie and will feature a newly commissioned sound installation, Dinokana (2024) by the art collective, MADEYOULOOK made up of Molemo Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho.


Set against the backdrop of histories of forced migration and land dispossession in South Africa the exhibition, Quiet Ground, is focused on the possibilities of personal and communal repair in a context of being ‘foreign at home’. In this way, these themes link the pavilion and exhibition to the occasion of 30 Years of Democracy in South Africa; marking the nation’s continued journey towards correcting the historic disruptions of indigenous people’s connection to the land.


The 2024 pavilion’s programming will accordingly unfold through 3 pillars: Art in South Africa; The Land as Classroom, and notions of Repair through Art. The exhibition, and its parallel public programs, will focus on the many ways that the dispossessed reconnect with the land through processes of rehoming and land rehabilitation, rooted in indigenous knowledge. Unfolding under the theme, “…because the land is ours” to assert ideas, practices of building belonging by listening to the land as a portal to reroute and re-root ourselves against violence and displacement.


The South African Pavilion’s exhibition theme and campaign message are a compelling complement to the International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia’s main exhibition theme by curator Adriano Pedrosa: Foreigners Everywhere (Stranieri Ovunque).


2024 marks the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, and the 7th year of the South African pavilion. Established in 1895, La Biennale di Venezia is one of the oldest art events in the world, with over 80 countries and artists represented at various individual pavilions.

The South African Pavilion exhibition will be supported by public programs including digital content, events in Italy and South Africa and a school’s competition for young artists in South African secondary schools.


Cape Town International Convention Centre
Lower Long Street 1, 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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