Nigeria : a first at the Venice Biennale

Peju Alatise, "Flying Girls", © Peju Alatise, 2017

Peju Alatise, “Flying Girls”, © Peju Alatise, 2017

For the first time ever, Nigeria has “its” pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. Fifty-one countries are represented, including Kenya, South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. A participation that did not happen on a whim!


Peju Alatise, “Flying Girls”, © Peju Alatise, 2017

Nigeria has been preparing for it for two years … without having received a positive response from the exhibition committee but with the deep conviction that this 2017 edition would be theirs! There was no reason to doubt … One only has to observe the impressive talents of their artists. The three artists presented are well-known in their country: Peju Alatise, Victor Ehikhamenor and Qudus Onikeku. The whole event orchestrated by the commissioners, Sonariwo and Emmanuel Iduma. With an exhibition titled “How about now”, the Nigerian Pavilion is described as a journey from past to future. A future that can only get better!

Open to the public until November 26th.


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