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Kehinde Wiley
VENICE BIENNALE – AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF SILENCE

Kehinde Wiley - An Archaeology of Silence
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Italy
From April 23 to July 24, 2022

Curated by Christophe Leribault, the exhibition Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence is hosted at Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the occasion of the 59th Biennale di Venezia.  For this new body of work, Wiley has expanded these core thematic elements to meditate on the deaths of young Black men slain all over the world. Technology allows viewers to witness these graphic depictions of violence against the Black body that were once silenced. Wiley states, “That is the archaeology I am unearthing: The spectre of police violence and state control over the bodies of young Black and Brown people all over the world.” In light of the current global conflicts, language concerning power struggles and inalienable human rights are more critical than ever.