Koyo Kouoh /
Founding artistic director of Raw Material Company, Dakar and curator of Forum, education programme at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London
It was in 1986, for tourism. Steve McQueen, British Pavilion 2009. Of course, Okwui Enwezor's international exhibition “All the World's Futures” for the political and curatorial scope that it promises and especially Isaac Julien's reading performance of Karl Marx's Das Kapital.
The Angolan, Belgian, Danish and Greek Pavilions for the contentious practice of the artists that will be on show. And of course the party to celebrate the largest ever representation of African and African-descent artists organised by 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in collaboration with Blain Southern on 5th May at the Bauer Hotel.
Angola Pavilion On Ways of Travelling António Ole, Binelde Hyrcan, Délio Jasse, Francisco Vidal, Nelo Teixeira Curator: António Ole. Deputy Curator: Antonia Gaeta. Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello - Palazzo Pisani, San Marco 2810
Belgium Pavilion “Personnes et les autres: Vincent Meessen” and Guests Curator: Katerina Gregos Pavilion at Giardini
Greece Pavilion “Maria Papadimitriou : Why Look at Animals? Agrimika”. Curator: Gabi Scardi. Deputy Curator: Alexios Papazacharias. Pavilion at Giardini. Venice is full of exquisite places and I haven't seen even half of them to be able to define my favourites. However, as a pasta lover, I always aim at having a meal at Osteria Al Mascaron for its homey feel and outstanding food.
Osteria Al Mascaron Calle Lunga, 5225 Castello Tel 041-522 5995 osteriamascaron.it The forces of my Jesuit education often drag me to churches, and in Venice, to Santa Maria della Salute.
Basilica Santa Maria della Salute Fondamenta Salute Dorsoduro The greatest luxury, if time and weather allow, is to spend a few quiet hours at the beach of the former Grand Hôtel des Bains in Lido, watching the calm waves of the Adriatic Sea.