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Start date: 20/04/2024
End date: 21/04/2024
Location: Venice, Italy

The 14th iteration of Black Portraitures (BP) will take place over two days during the vernissage of the 60th Anniversary of the Venice Biennale. This year’s theme, Shifting Paradigms, will center thought leaders from Africa and the African Diaspora who are creating new models for the education, cultivation, exhibition, dissemination, and collection of art and images. The aim of the conference aligns well with the Venice Biennale’s theme, Foreigner’s Everywhere. Panelists will include a transnational list of artists, curators, art historians, writers, educators, collectors, gallerists, architects, and designers who use the experience of Blackness to facilitate new systems of knowledge within the field of art and storytelling. This version of BP will break new ground in numerous fields such as exhibition making, visual studies, art history, cultural criticism, the art market, urban planning, and Africana Studies.

Archives, Collections and Curating, April 21 from 9:00 – 10:15 AM This conversation will foreground the ways in which the processes of acquiring, maintaining and caring for cultural objects has subverted misconceptions about the lack of Black and
African history, and created new modes to engage with material, textual and visual culture. Liz Andrews is the moderator for this panel with Paul Ninson, LeRonn Brooks, Steven Booth, Alberta Whittle, and Mónica de Miranda as the panelists.

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