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10 May 2017

Abdoulaye Konaté at 57th Venice Biennale

Abdoulaye Konaté’s monumental Brésil (Guarani), 2015 marks the entrance to The Pavilion of Colors in the Arsenale section of VIVA ARTE VIVA.

One of the most eminent West African artists of his generation, Konaté is known for his monumental figurative and abstract textile compositions, which balance political and social reflections with an exploration of formal colour composition. His vivid, fabric-based installations have their roots in his Malian homeland. The woven and dyed cotton that he uses, draws from the country’s rich historical tradition whilst his adaptation of the materials roots his work firmly in the contemporary.

Curated by Christine Macel VIVA ARTE VIVA, the central exhibition in this year’s edition of La Biennale di Venezia puts artists at its core to emphasise their roles and responsibilities in contemporary debates. Hear Konaté discuss his artistic process in this short film produced as part of the Biennale’s The Pratica d'Artista project.

Abdoulaye Konaté, Brésil (Guarani), 2015, is on view as part of VIVA ARTE VIVA in The Pavilion of Colors, Arsenale, Venice until 22 November 2017.