Visiting Venice Biennale 2019 should be a must on every tourists agenda. This, the 58th Biennale in this beautiful city did not disappoint. It never does. The title of this years exhibition is ‘May you live in interesting times’. Opening day was 11th May and will run till 24th November 2019.
I started off by taking the Boat 6 Ferry from the main Bus station. The return Trip cost 20 EUR. And after about 20 minutes with multiple stops I got to my final destination. It can not be missed. Because the stop is called Biennale.
After going through security and paying the 25 EUR entry fee, the fun of Venice Biennale 2019 began. Starting off with a counter clockwise walk through the permanent pavilions of Denmark, Russia, Uruguay, Great Britain and France. My next stop to the Central pavilion was via the very impressive Egyptian pavilion featuring works by Islam Abdullah, Ahmed Chiha and Ahmed Abdel Karim.
At the central pavilion I came across the first art works by African born artists like Otobong Nkanga, Julie Mehretu.
A 10 minute walk from the Giardini brought me to the Arsenale where the other pavilions are located. Here i went looking for the Ghana pavilion which I had heard raving reviews about. The Ghana Pavilion was not that easy to find as it was set in the middle of a hall of mazes.
Before I reached it, I had the opportunity to view the South African stand which featured Dineo Seshee Bopape, Tracey Rose, Mawande Ka Zenzile. And Finally on finding the Ghana stand, I was met with a treasure trove of artistic wonder with artists Felicia Abban, John Akomfrah, El Anatsui, Lynette Yiadom Boakye, Ibrahim Mahama and Selasi Awusi Sosu.
In my opinion, the Ghana Stand was the best artistic stand at the 58th Venice Biennale 2019, Great Britain the best organized pavilion, France the best relevant stand, and Egypt vied with Russia for the Best interactive pavilion.