Venice Biennale –a damp squib in the making?

Why did the South African Department of Arts and Culture wait so long before setting the process of asking for submissions to the 2015 Venice Biennale?

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On the roster of 136 artists and collectives are participants from Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, the DRC, Tunisia, South Africa, Egypt, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Senegal, and Cameroon, including the Johannesburg-born Kay Hassan and his towering paper constructions of Joburg’s “Everyday People,” fantastical Kenyan afrofuturist Wangechi Mutu, Lagos soundscape artist Emeka Ogboh, and the transcontinental road trip project Invisible Borders: Trans-African PhotographersAdel Abdessemed (Algeria), John Akomfrah (Ghana), Karo Akpokiere (Nigeria), Sammy Baloji (DRC), Nidhal Chamekh (Tunisia), Marlene Dumas (South Africa), Inji Efflatoun (Egypt), Samson Kambalu (Malawi), Gonçalo Mabunda (Mozambique), Ibrahim Mahama (Ghana), Abu Bakarr Mansaray (Sierra Leone), Cheikh Ndiaye (Senegal), Joachim Schönfeldt (South Africa), Massinissa Selmani (Algeria), Fatou Kandé Senghor (Senegal), Mikhael Subotzky (South Africa), and Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon).
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