Title: The Time of the Chimeras
Commissioner: Armand Abanda Maye
Curator: Paul Emmanuel Loga Mahop, Sandro Orlandi Stagl
Exhibitor: Francis Nathan Abiamba (Afran), Angéle Etoundi Essamba, Justine Gaga, Salifou Lindou, Shay Frisch, Umberto Mariani, Matteo Mezzadri, Jorge R. Pombo, NFT (Kevin Abosch, João Angelini, Marco Bertìn (Berxit), Cryptoart Driver, Lana Denina, Alberto Echegaray Guevara, Genesis People, Joachim Hildebrand, Meng Huang, Eduardo Kac, Giulia Kosice, Julio Le Parc, Marina Nuñez, Miguel Soler-Roig, Miguel Ángel Vidal, Burkhard von Harder, Gabe Weis, Clark Winter, Shavonne Wong, Wang Xing, Alessandro Zannier, ZZH)
At its first participation with a National Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale, Cameroon presents “The Time of the Chimeras“, an exhibition that officially sings the entrance of NFT art at the Biennale. Indeed Cameroon presents a crypto-art exhibition featuring a range of international names.
The pavilion encompasses two shows across two locations: the Liceo Artistico Statale Michelangelo Guggenheim and Palazzo Ca’ Bernardo. The former displays physical artworks by four Cameroonian artists (Francis Nathan Abiamba, Angéle Etoundi Essamba, Justine Gaga, and Salifou Lindou) and four international artists (Shay Frisch, Umberto Mariani, Matteo Mezzadri, Jorge R. Pombo).
Palazzo Ca’ Bernardo, meanwhile, hosts the NFT section, organized by Global Crypto Art DAO, a new collective that seeks to raise money to support artists entering the crypto world. That segment features more than 20 artists from countries including China, Germany, and the United States — though, notably, not Cameroon.
The idea to juxtapose work by international and Cameroonian artists evolved from a desire to foster dialogue in light of the African country’s complex history.
Liceo Artistico Guggenheim and Palazzo Ca’ Bernardo Molon
Liceo Artistico Guggenheim and Palazzo Ca’ Bernardo Molon, Dorsoduro 2613 and San Polo 2186