Looking forward to Venice

All the artists showing in the art biennale’s national pavilions, as they are announced...

Sonia Boyce, Devotional, 2018. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2020. Courtesy Manchester Art Gallery.

In the lead up to the 59th Venice Biennale in 2021, we will update the list of every participating country’s representing artist as the news is announced. Stay tuned!

Marco Fusinato will head to Venice as Australia’s representative. The artist and musician previously showed at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 as part of Okwui Enwezor’s international exhibition, All the World’s Futures.

The National Gallery of Canada has selected Toronto-based artist Stan Douglas to represent the North American country, citing his ‘continuing re-imagination of the mediums of photography and multi-channel film and video installation’ in a statement. Douglas has been involved in four previous editions of the biennale.

Pilvi Takala
has been chosen by Frame Contemporary Art Finland to represent the country. Berlin and Helsinki-based, the artist is best known for her videos documenting performance interventions, ranging from dressing as Snow White to visit Disney Land Paris (and being turned away) to taking a job at the marketing company and refusing to do any work. The pavilion is to be curated by Christina Li, who, now Hong Kong and Amsterdam-based, was previously the director and then curator-at-large of Spring Workshop. 

Zineb Sedira will represent France, making her the first French-Algerian-British to do so. The London-based artist works with film and photography to explore ideas around cultural identity and belonging. 

Great Britain
The British council has chosen London-based artist Sonia Boyce to represent Britain. Boyce works with many mediums, highlighting and challenging notions about the representation of the black body and how they intersect with ideas about class and gender, particularly in Britain. She will be the first black woman to represent Britain at the biennale. 

Sigurður Guðjónsson is Iceland’s pick. Guðjónsson works with audio-visual installations that simulate synaesthetic experiences, creating unusual links between vision and hearing to extend the audience’s perceptual field. 

New Zealand 
Samoan-born artist Yuki Kihara has been selected to represent New Zealand. Kihara, who studied fashion design and technology, uses an interdisciplinary approach to highlight and question historical narratives regarding people of Pacific descent.  

Latifa Echakhch will represent Switzerland, having already done so once before at the 54th edition in 2011. Echakhch is best known for her installations, which make use of ordinary objects, decontextualising them to allow for open interpretation.