It is with great pleasure that we share with you the news of the appointment, by the Board of Directors of la Biennale di Venezia, of our dear colleague and friend Okwui Enwezor as Director of the Visual Arts Sector and Curator of the 56th International Art Exhibition scheduled for May 9-Nov 22, 2015. There is no greater testament to Okwui’s stature as one of the most important curators and brilliant critical thinkers of our times. We note that by this appointment, he has accomplished a historic feat: he is the second person in history (after Harald Szeemann) to organize the Documenta and Venice Biennale.
As editors of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art we are proud to have shared with him the incredible journey that began with the first issue of the journal in 1994–a critical platform, which he initiated and has tirelessly championed. We have absolute confidence that Okwui will produce a memorable exhibition in Venice. For we believe that it is his acute sense of history, his unflinching belief in the art exhibition as a platform for proposing new ways of imagining our world in all its artistic, cultural, political and ideological complexities, and his knack for making rigorously conceived, and spectacularly staged exhibitions that recommended his appointment as the director of the flagship of international biennales!
Please join us in extending our heartfelt congratulations and warmest wishes to our dear friend as he begins the necessary work on this thrilling project.
We share with our friends, colleagues and readers the press announcement from the Venice Biennale Foundation:
Salah M. Hassan (Cornell University)
Chika Okeke-Agulu (Princeton University)