When someone signs up for a Chinese dating site, a lot can happen. The potential for love and romance is boosted. Moreover, the opportunity to learn about an amazing culture is presented, and many Westerners are opened up to the wonderful world of Chinese art.
If you belong to a Chinese dating site and are interested in art, you might be fascinated to hear that Chinese artists are actually representing Kenya at this year’s Venice Biennale. Even if you don’t have an online dating profile, this may be news that you want to hear!
The Venice Biennale is an international art exhibition that is frequently dubbed “the Olympics of modern art” and takes place every two years. If you happen to attend this year, you’ll notice that the Kenyan pavilion consists of mostly Chinese artists. Say what?
It’s simple, really. Around 30 countries have a permanent slot at the Venice Biennale, and about 50 others have applied for their own exhibition spaces, also known as pavilions. Two years ago, Kenya had its first pavilion. This year, they will allow mostly Chinese nationals to exhibit their work.
Most of these artists have never been to Kenya – or even Africa – and very few of them reference the country or continent in their work. Some well-known Chinese artists will be displaying their work, including Li Gang, Qin Feng, Li Zhanyang, and Lan Zheng Hui. This isn’t new for Kenya; their 2013 pavilion also consisted mostly of Chinese artists.
While this might be a source of controversy for Kenyan artists, it bodes very well for Chinese artists because they are displaying their work at one of the most important international art exhibits in the world.