Photo Ⓒ Okwui Enwezor

Okwui Enwezor, Director of the Visual Arts section – la Biennale di Venezia
Curator of the 56th International Art Exhibition "All The World's Futures". During the London presentation of the 56th Venice Biennale, “All the World's Futures," curator Okwui Enwezor talked a lot about the past. The theoretical past as discussed by Walter Benjamin, the biennale's own former associations with imperial powers, and its little-known 1974 edition conceived as a collective response to Pinochet's Coup in Chile. It's in this past and the many parallel “shadow histories," to borrow Enwezor's terminology, that the curator and some of the 136 artists he's invited find inspiration: the foundation from which to talk about the world we live in, and the one to come.

“All the World's Futures" is the culmination of Enwezor's stellar curatorial career. The curator, writer, and academic, who is currently serving as director at Haus der Kunst in Munich (see Haus der Kunst Faces Funding Crisis), has more than one biennial under his belt, and many more exhibitions. Widely credited for opening up a Western-centric art world to post-colonial concerns, he was behind the Johannesburg Biennale (1998), Documenta (2002), the Seville Biennial (2007), the Gwangju Biennial (2008), and most recently, Paris's Triennale in 2012.

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