Earth Matters Around the Web

800px-Venezia_veduta_aereaVenezia, view from air (photo via Wikimedia Commons)

This week, news of the 55th Venice Biennale has dominated the art world. And African nations have been front and center in the coverage of the biannual art festival, celebrating the newest and most dynamic artists and ideas from around the world.

  • “It’s viva Africa,” declared Zimbabwean curator Raphael Chikukwa, as Angola took home the prestigious Golden Lion for best national participation with its first ever showing at the Biennale – learn more about the frenzy surrounding the Angolan pavilion, among others hailing from Africa, here.
  • Learn about some of the best offerings to be found this past week in Venice, according to the Huffington Post, which heavily featured African nations including those from Kenya and South Africa.
  • See Ireland’s contribution to the Biennale, featuring Richard Mosse’s photographs of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and learn more about the unique infrared process Mosse uses to make these arresting, colorful images.

What have you heard about this year’s Venice Biennale? What pavilions and artists did you think put forward the best showing? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Get a look inside the Angolan pavilion above, and hear from its curators Paula Nascimento and Stefano Rabolli Pansera – and don’t miss more videos from the 2013 Biennale’s excellent YouTube channel here