Minister St Anges launches Seychelles’ pavilion at Biennale des Arts


Talented and well-known Seychellois artists George Camille and Leon Radegonde are in Venice, Italy, taking part in the Biennale des Arts.

This is the first time Seychelles takes part in the Biennale and Tourism and Culture Minister Alain St Ange joined Camille and Radegonde in Venice this week.

Camille's work at the Biennale is based on the fragile relationship between the economical development and environmental policies of our small island state.

 Lalyann Anvisan (creepers) is one of the works that he is exhibiting in Venice, while Radegonde is presenting a series of artworks based on childhood memories. These include multi-dimensional facets of old tarnished clothes, exposing an element of forgotten times.

Sarah J. MacDonald, a well-known curator who curated La Salle d'Attente in 2013, and Victor Schaub Wong, a creative director, are the two curators of the Seychelles pavilion at this year’s Biennale des Arts in Venice.

It was Minister St Ange who had the honour of officially launching the Seychelles pavilion at the Palazzo Mora on May 7 in Venice and he described the event as a milestone in the development of arts in Seychelles.   

"Such an important opportunity provides concrete evidence that Seychellois artists have the ability to compete alongside the best in the world. We should be proud as a nation to produce such talents. This event is also an anchor that the young emerging artists can use to inspire them to one day take part in a Biennale des Arts," said Minister St Ange who also met the president of the Biennale, Paolo Baratta, and curator Okwui Enwesor at Ca' Giustiniani.

The Biennale de Venice is described as the Olympics of the arts where the world's most prestigious and renowned artists converge to expose their incredible pieces of arts ranging from abstract, surrealist, to sculptures and installation arts.
Over seventy countries have dedicated pavilions in this year’s Biennale.

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