The 2024 Art Biennale in Venice, curated by Adriano Pedrosa, is titled Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere and will focus on those who are considered “different”

The Venice Art Biennale 2024 curated by Adriano Pedrosa will be focused on the "different", on the distant, on those who are considered irregular it will take place from 20 April to 24 November 2024 between the Arsenale, Giardini and various places in the lagoon city.

The title Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere refers in fact to the thesis, enunciated by the Curator of the Biennale, Adriano Pedrosa and by the president Roberto Cicutto during the official presentation of the event, that after all, we are a bit "foreigners" everyone.

What will he talk about at the 2024 Art Biennale

The Venice Art Biennale 2024 will therefore talk about immigrants, expatriates, diasporics, émigrés, exiles and refugees. Of those who have moved between the South and the North of the world.

But above all of foreigners, however widening the boundaries of the meaning of this word as much as possible and involving anyone considered "foreign".

Like queer artists, often persecuted or banned and always forced to move within different sexualities and genders; like outsider artists, who have always been relegated to the margins of the art world; or how indigenous artists are treated as foreigners in their own land.

The theme of the 2024 Art Biennale explained by the curator, Adriano Pedrosa

«Ours - explains Pedrosa - is a world full of multiform crises that concern the movement and existence of people within nations, territories and borders. Crises that reflect the risks and pitfalls that are hidden within the language, its possible translations and nationality, expressing disparities conditioned by identity, citizenship, race, gender, sexuality, freedom and wealth.

In this panorama, the expression Stranieri Ovunque has a double meaning. On the one hand, it means that wherever you go you will always meet foreigners. On the other, that regardless of one's location, deep down one is always truly a foreigner».

Where does the title come from: Foreigners Everywhere, Foreigners Everywhere

The title chosen by the curator, who is also artistic director of the Art Museum of São Paulo in Brazil (created by the Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi), is inspired by a series of signed works starting 2004 by the collective Claire Fontaine: works made with colored neon which reported the words “Foreigners Everywhere” in different languages. But not only. The expression was in turn taken from the name of a Turin collective which in the early 2000s made the fight against racism in Italy its primary source of inspiration.

What will the 2024 Art Biennale be like?

The 2024 Art Biennale will be based on an increasingly broad cultural transversality, capable of embracing personalities arriving from all over the world without discrimination. A bit like what Cecilia Alemanni had done on the occasion of of the previous Biennial entitled The Milk of Dreams in which the Italian curator had managed to involve female artists from historically disadvantaged places, offering the public the possibility of discovering increasingly complex and amazing.

In the case of Pedrosa, in addition to staging the works of migrants, refugees and queers, there will also be space for a Historical Nucleus composed of 20th-century works produced in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Arab world. A special section will then be dedicated to the diaspora of Italian artists during the 20th century: those who traveled and moved abroad building their lives and careers in every corner of the planet, integrating with the local cultures.

Adriano Pedrosa, the first curator from Latin America

“This is the 60th edition of the International Exhibition of Contemporary Art in the space of 128 years since the first, and there has never been a curator from a Latin American country,” warns Cicutto.

«Pedrosa stood out for its originality and innovation, anticipating themes and curatorial lines then followed by other exhibitions around the world. The search for him has also focused on artists who, despite coming from different worlds, have been able to maintain feelings and experiences of their culture of origin wherever they are. Changing the point of view to tell contemporary art is exactly what an institution like the Venice Biennale must do. And not only from an aesthetic point of view but also from a geographical point of view».

In short, more than a simple statement almost a letter of intent.