A first read on the Venice Biennale 2022

With the Venice Biennale opening in just a matter of weeks, on the 23rd of April, Artscapy is today sharing the list of artists that will feature this year. In this first article from a series on the fair, we share with you our reading of the themes of this year’s edition and the full list of artists presenting. Over the next few weeks leading up to the opening, we will be providing you with curated artist selections and insights on where you can see and acquire the artworks, so stay tuned. 

La Biennale di Venezia 2022 focuses on three main themes: the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses; the relationship between individuals and technologies; and the connection between bodies and earth.

What ties these three themes together beautifully, in our view, is the reflection of a shift from the ‘us’ to the ‘me’. Through various political, societal, and world event currents, the past few years have seen an ever accelerating explosion of expression to turn a collectivistic, almost anonymous state of existence into one where each individual being ought to be heard and respected. 

This agnostic ‘me’ has returned to an ‘us’ in a new, individualistic way, that then fuses back into society again. A new society that is shaken even more by the pandemic and especially by its subsequent post-pandemic open questions. These questions, spanning broad tangents - including gender treatment and imbalances, religious beliefs, race identity, and on - from its identity starting point continue to be augmented and echo through the amplifiers of technology, and in particular social media. 

With this premise, under the lead of the New-York based, Italian curator Cecilia Aleman this year’s Venice Biennale is titled "Il Latte dei Sogni" (The Milk of the Dreams), which takes its name form a children's book by the Surrealist artist and writer Leonora Carrington. 

“The Surrealist artist describes a magical world where life is constantly re-envisioned through the prism of the imagination, and where everyone can change, be transformed, become something and someone else. The exhibition takes us on an imaginary journey through metamorphoses of the body and definitions of humanity.” - Cecilia Alemani shared in a statement.

And so, Aleman creates multiple dialogues starting from the self/me in relation with time, technology, and nature. These dialogues then take their narratives and shapes within the so called ‘capsules’, that is, the pavilions of the Biennale.

A further, particularly interesting angle, is the reflection on the relation with time, as this year's Biennale also includes artists that are no longer with us, part of the past. As a result, there will be a chance to admire not only contemporary art but also hidden gems from the 1900’s avant-gardes of Surrealism, Futurism and Dadaism.

So, without further ado, and in anticipation of our curated selections and insights coming up, here is the full list of all the 213 artists from 58 countries presenting at this year’s 59th International Art Exhibition:


  1. Noor Abuarafeh b. 1986, Jerusalem. Lives in Jerusalem and Maastricht, the Netherlands
  2. Carla Accardi b. 1924, Trapani, Italy – 2014, Rome, Italy
  3. Igshaan Adams b. 1982, Cape Town. Lives in Cape Town, South Africa
  4. Eileen Agar b. 1899, Buenos Aires, Argentina – 1991, London, UK
  5. Monira Al Qadiri b. 1983, Dakar, Senegal. Lives in Berlin, Germany
  6. Sophia Al-Maria b. 1983, Tacoma, USA. Lives in London, UK Pavilion of Applied Arts
  7. Ozlem Altın b. 1977, Goch, Germany. Lives in Berlin, Germany
  8. Marina Apollonio b. 1940, Trieste, Italy. Lives in Padua, Italy
  9. Gertrud Arndt b. 1903, Ratibor (Racibórz), German Empire (present-day Poland) – 2000, Darmstadt, Germany
  10. Ruth Asawa b. 1926, Norwalk, USA – 2013, San Francisco, USA
  11. Shuvinai Ashoona b. 1961, Kinngait. Lives in Kinngait, Nunavut
  12. Belkis Ayón b. 1967 – 1999, Havana, Cuba
  13. Firelei Báez b. 1981, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. Lives in New York City, USA
  14. Felipe Baeza b. 1987, Guanajuato, Mexico. Lives in New York City, USA
  15. Josephine Baker b. 1906, Saint Louis, USA – 1975, Paris, France
  16. Djuna Barnes b. 1892 – 1982, New York City, USA
  17. Mária Bartuszová b. 1936, Prague, Czechoslovakia (present-day Czech Republic) – 1996, Košice, Slovakia
  18. Benedetta b. 1897, Rome, Italy – 1977, Venice, Italy
  19. Mirella Bentivoglio b. 1922, Klagenfurt, Austria – 2017, Rome, Italy (In collaboration with Annalisa) Alloatti 1926 – 2000, Turin, Italy
  20. Merikokeb Berhanu b. 1977, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Lives in Silver Spring, USA
  21. Tomaso Binga b. 1931, Salerno, Italy. Lives in Rome, Italy
  22. Cosima von Bonin b. 1962, Mombasa, Kenya. Lives in Cologne, Germany
  23. Louise Bonnet b. 1970, Geneva, Switzerland. Lives in Los Angeles, USA
  24. Marianne Brandt b. 1893, Chemnitz, Germany – 1983, Kirchberg, Germany
  25. Kerstin Brätsch b. 1979, Hamburg, Germany. Lives in New York City, USA and Berlin, Germany
  26. Dora Budor b. 1984, Zagreb, Croatia. Lives in New York City, USA
  27. Eglė Budvytytė b. 1981, Kaunas, Lithuania. Lives in Vilnius, Lithuania and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In collaboration with Marija Olšauskaitè and Julija Steponaitytė b. 1989, Vilnius. Lives in Vilnius, Lithuania and New York City, USA b. 1992, Vilnius. Lives in Vilnius, Lithuania and Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  1. Liv Bugge b. 1974, Oslo. Lives in Oslo, Norway
  2. Simnikiwe Buhlungu b. 1995, Johannesburg. Lives in Johannesburg, South Africa and Amsterdam, the Netherlands Biennale College Arte
  3. Miriam Cahn b. 1949, Basel, Switzerland. Lives in Stampa, Switzerland
  4. Claude Cahun b. 1894, Nantes, France – 1954, Saint Helier, Jersey, UK
  5. Elaine Cameron-Weir b. 1985, Red Deer, Canada. Lives in New York City, USA
  6. Milly Canavero 1920 – 2010, Genoa, Italy
  7. Leonora Carrington b. 1917, Clayton-le-Woods, UK – 2011, Mexico City, Mexico
  8. Regina Cassolo Bracchi 1894, Mede, Italy – 1974, Milan, Italy b. 1981, Kaunas, Lithuania. Lives in Vilnius, Lithuania and Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  9. Ambra Castagnetti b. 1993, Genoa, Italy. Lives in Milan, Italy Biennale College Arte
  10. Giulia Cenci b. 1988, Cortona. Lives in Cortona, Italy and Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  11. Giannina Censi b. 1913, Milan, Italy – 1995, Voghera, Italy
  12. Gabriel Chaile b. 1985, San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina. Lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Lisbon, Portugal
  13. Ali Cherri b. 1976, Beirut, Lebanon. Lives in Paris, France
  14. Anna Coleman Ladd b. 1878, Bryn Mawr, USA – 1939, Santa Barbara, USA
  15. Ithell Colquhoun b. 1906, Shillong, India – 1988, Lamorna, UK
  16. Myrlande Constant b. 1968, Port-au-Prince. Lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  17. June Crespo b. 1982, Pamplona, Spain. Lives in Bilbao, Spain
  18. Dadamaino 1930 – 2004, Milan, Italy
  19. Noah Davis b. 1983, Seattle, USA – 2015, Ojai, USA
  20. Lenora de Barros b. 1953, São Paulo. Lives in São Paulo, Brazil
  21. Valentine de Saint-Point b. 1875, Lyon, France – 1953, Cairo, Egypt
  22. Lise Deharme b. 1898, Paris, France – 1980, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  23. Sonia Delaunay b. 1885, Odessa, Russian Empire (present-day Ukraine) – 1979, Paris, France
  24. Agnes Denes b. 1931, Budapest, Hungary. Lives in New York City, USA
  25. Maya Deren b. 1917, Kyiv, Ukraine – 1961, New York City, USA
  26. Lucia Di Luciano b. 1933, Syracuse, Italy. Lives in Formello, Italy
  27. Ibrahim El-Salahi b. 1930, Omdurman, Sudan. Lives in Oxford, UK
  28. Sara Enrico b. 1979, Biella, Italy. Lives in Turin, Italy
  29. Chiara Enzo b. 1989, Venice. Lives in Venice, Italy
  30. Andro Eradze b. 1993, Tbilisi. Lives in Tbilisi, Georgia Biennale College Arte
  31. Jaider Esbell b. 1979, Normandia, Brazil – 2021, São Sebastião, Brazil
  32. Jana Euler b. 1982, Friedberg, Germany. Lives in Frankfurt, Germany and Brussels, Belgium
  33. Minnie Evans b. 1892, Long Creek, USA – 1987, Wilmington, USA
  34. Alexandra Exter b. 1882, Białystok, Russian Empire (present-day Poland) – 1949, Fontenay-aux-Roses, France
  35. Jadé Fadojutimi b. 1993, London. Lives in London, UK
  36. Jes Fan b. 1990, Scarborough, Canada. Lives in New York City, USA and Hong Kong
  37. Safia Farhat b. 1924 – 2004, Radès, Tunisia
  38. Simone Fattal b. 1942, Damascus, Syria. Lives in Paris and Erquy, France
  39. Célestin Faustin b. 1948, Lafond, Haiti – 1981, Pétion-Ville, Haiti
  40. Leonor Fini b. 1907, Buenos Aires, Argentina – 1996, Paris, France
  41. Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven b. 1874, Swinemünde (Świnoujście), German Empire (present-day Poland) – 1927, Paris, France
  42. Katharina Fritsch b. 1956, Essen, Germany. Lives in Wuppertal and Düsseldorf, Germany
  43. Ilse Garnier b. 1927, Kaiserslautern, Germany – 2020, Saisseval, France
  44. Aage Gaup b. 1943, Børselv, Sápmi/Northern Norway – 2021, Karasjok, Sápmi/Northern Norway
  45. Linda Gazzera b. 1890, Rome, Italy – 1942, São Paulo, Brazil
  46. Ficre Ghebreyesus b. 1962, Asmara, Eritrea – 2012, New Haven, USA
  47. Elisa Giardina Papa b. 1979, Medicina, Italy. Lives in New York City, USA and Palermo, Italy
  48. Roberto Gil de Montes b. 1950, Guadalajara, Mexico. Lives in La Peñita de Jaltemba, Mexico
  49. Nan Goldin b. 1953, Washington, D.C., USA. Lives in New York City, USA
  50. Jane Graverol b. 1905, Ixelles, Belgium – 1984, Fontainebleau, France
  51. Laura Grisi b. 1939, Rhodes, Greece – 2017, Rome, Italy
  52. Karla Grosch b. 1904, Weimar, Germany – 1933, Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine (present-day Israel)
  53. Robert Grosvenor b. 1937, New York City, USA. Lives in East Patchogue, USA
  54. Aneta Grzeszykowska b. 1974, Warsaw. Lives in Warsaw, Poland
  55. Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe b. 1971, Sheroana, Venezuela. Lives in Mahekototeri and Caracas, Venezuela
  56. Florence Henri b. 1893, New York City, USA – 1982, Compiègne, France
  57. Lynn Hershman Leeson b. 1941, Cleveland, USA. Lives in San Francisco, USA
  58. Charline von Heyl b. 1960, Mainz, Germany. Lives in New York City and Marfa, USA
  59. Hannah Höch b. 1889, Gotha, Germany – 1978, Berlin, Germany
  60. Jessie Homer French b. 1940, New York City, USA. Lives in Mountain Center, USA
  61. Rebecca Horn b. 1944, Michelstadt, Germany. Lives in Odenwald, Germany
  62. Georgiana Houghton b. 1814, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain – 1884, London, UK
  63. Sheree Hovsepian b. 1974, Isfahan, Iran. Lives in New York City, USA
  64. Tishan Hsu b. 1951, Boston, USA. Lives in New York City, USA
  65. Marguerite Humeau b. 1986, Cholet, France. Lives in London, UK
  66. Jacqueline Humphries b. 1960, New Orleans, USA. Lives in New York City, USA
  67. Kudzanai-Violet Hwami b. 1993, Gutu, Zimbabwe. Lives in London, UK Biennale College Arte
  68. Tatsuo Ikeda b. 1928, Saga, Japan – 2020, Tokyo, Japan
  69. Saodat Ismailova b. 1981, Tashkent. Lives in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Paris, France
  70. Aletta Jacobs b. 1854, Sappemeer, the Netherlands – 1929, Baarn, the Netherlands
  71. Geumhyung Jeong b. 1980, Seoul. Lives in Seoul, South Korea
  72. Charlotte Johannesson b. 1943, Malmö, Sweden. Lives in Skanör, Sweden
  73. Loïs Mailou Jones b. 1905, Boston, USA – 1998, Washington, D.C., USA
  74. Jamian Juliano-Villani b. 1987, Newark, USA. Lives in New York City, USA
  75. Birgit Jürgenssen 1949 – 2003, Vienna, Austria
  76. Ida Kar b. 1908, Tambov, Russia – 1974, London, UK
  77. Allison Katz b. 1980, Montreal, Canada. Lives in London, UK
  78. Bronwyn Katz b. 1993, Kimberley, South Africa. Lives in Johannesburg, South Africa
  79. Kapwani Kiwanga b. 1978, Hamilton, Canada. Lives in Paris, France
  80. Kiki Kogelnik b. 1935, Graz, Austria – 1997, Vienna, Austria
  81. Barbara Kruger b. 1945, Newark, USA. Lives in Los Angeles, USA
  82. Tetsumi Kudo b. 1935, Osaka, Japan – 1990, Tokyo, Japan
  83. Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill b. 1979, Comox, Canada. Lives on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil- Waututh peoples
  84. Louise Lawler b. 1947, Bronxville, USA. Lives in New York City, USA
  85. Carolyn Lazard b. 1987, Upland, USA. Lives in New York City and Philadelphia, USA
  86. Mire Lee b. 1988, Seoul, South Korea. Lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  87. Simone Leigh b. 1967, Chicago, USA. Lives in New York City, USA
  88. Hannah Levy b. 1991, New York City. Lives in New York City, USA
  89. Tau Lewis b. 1993, Toronto, Canada. Lives in New York City, USA
  90. Shuang Li b. 1990, Wuyi Mountains, China. Lives in Berlin, Germany and Geneva, Switzerland
  91. Liliane Lijn b. 1939, New York City, USA. Lives in London, UK
  92. Candice Lin b. 1979, Concord, USA. Lives in Los Angeles, USA
  93. Mina Loy b. 1882, London, UK – 1966, Aspen, USA
  94. Antoinette Lubaki b. 1895, Bukama, Congo Free State (present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo) – ?
  95. LuYang b. 1984, Shanghai. Lives in Shanghai, China
  96. Zhenya Machneva b. 1988, Leningrad (present-day Saint Petersburg), Russia. Lives in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  97. Baya Mahieddine b. 1931, Fort de l’Eau (present-day Bordj El Kiffan), Algeria – 1998, Blida, Algeria
  98. Maruja Mallo b. 1902, Viveiro, Spain – 1995, Madrid, Spain
  99. Joyce Mansour b.1928, Bowden, UK – 1986, Paris, France
  100. Britta Marakatt-Labba b. 1951, Idivuoma, Sápmi/Northern Sweden. Lives in Övre Soppero, Sápmi/Northern Sweden
  101. Diego Marcon b. 1985, Busto Arsizio, Italy. Lives in Milan, Italy
  102. Sidsel Meineche Hansen b. 1981, Ry, Denmark. Lives in London, UK
  103. Maria Sibylla Merian b. 1647, Frankfurt am Main, Free Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire (present-day Germany) – 1717, Amsterdam, Dutch Republic (present-day the Netherlands)
  104. Vera Molnár b. 1924, Budapest, Hungary. Lives in Paris, France
  105. Delcy Morelos b. 1967, Tierralta, Colombia. Lives in Bogotá, Colombia
  106. Sister Gertrude Morgan b. 1900, LaFayette, USA – 1980, New Orleans, USA
  107. Sandra Mujinga b. 1989, Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lives in Oslo, Norway, and Berlin, Germany.
  108. Mrinalini Mukherjee b. 1949, Bombay (present-day Mumbai), India – 2015, New Delhi, India.
  109. Nadja b. 1902, Saint-André-lez-Lille, France – 1941, Bailleul, France
  110. Louise Nevelson b. 1899, Pereiaslav, Poltava Governorate of the Russian Empire (present-day Ukraine) – 1988, New York City, USA
  111. Amy Nimr b. 1898, Cairo, Egypt – 1974, Paris, France
  112. Magdalene Odundo b. 1950, Nairobi, Kenya. Lives in Farnham, UK
  113. Precious Okoyomon b. 1993, London, UK. Lives in New York City, USA
  114. Meret Oppenheim b. 1913, Berlin, Germany – 1985, Basel, Switzerland
  115. Ovartaci b. 1894, Ebeltoft, Denmark – 1985, Risskov, Denmark
  116. Virginia Overton b. 1971, Nashville, USA. Lives in New York City, USA
  117. Akosua Adoma Owusu b. 1984, Alexandria, USA. Lives in New York City and Cambridge, USA
  118. Prabhakar Pachpute b. 1986, Sasti, India. Lives in Pune, India
  119. Eusapia Palladino b. 1854, Minervino Murge, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (present-day Italy) – 1918, Naples, Italy
  120. Violeta Parra b. 1917, San Fabián de Alico, Chile – 1967, Santiago, Chile
  121. Rosana Paulino b. 1967, São Paulo. Lives in São Paulo, Brazil
  122. Valentine Penrose b. 1898, Mont-de-Marsan, France – 1978, Chiddingly, UK
  123. Elle Pérez b. 1989, New York City. Lives in New York City, USA
  124. Sondra Perry b. 1986, Perth Amboy, USA. Lives in Newark, USA
  125. Solange Pessoa b. 1961, Ferros, Brazil. Lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  126. Thao Nguyen Phan b. 1987, Ho Chi Minh City. Lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  127. Julia Phillips b. 1985, Hamburg, Germany. Lives in Chicago, USA and Berlin, Germany
  128. Joanna Piotrowska b. 1985, Warsaw. Lives in Warsaw, Poland and London, UK
  129. Alexandra Pirici b. 1982, Bucharest. Lives in Bucharest, Romania
  130. Anu Põder b. 1947, Kanepi, Estonia – 2013, Tallinn, Estonia
  131. Gisèle Prassinos b. 1920, Constantinople (present-day Istanbul), Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey) – 2015, Paris, France
  132. Christina Quarles b. 1985, Chicago, USA. Lives in Los Angeles, USA
  133. Rachilde b. 1860, Cros, France – 1953, Paris, France
  134. Janis Rafa b. 1984, Athens. Lives in Athens, Greece and Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  135. Alice Rahon b. 1904, Chenecey-Buillon, France – 1987, Mexico City, Mexico
  136. Carol Rama 1918 – 2015, Turin, Italy
  137. Paula Rego b. 1935, Lisbon, Portugal. Lives in London, UK
  138. Edith Rimmington b. 1902, Leicester, UK – 1986, Bexhill-on-Sea, UK
  139. Enif Robert b. 1886, Prato, Italy – 1974, Bologna, Italy
  140. Luiz Roque b. 1979, Cachoeira do Sul, Brazil. Lives in São Paulo, Brazil
  141. Rosa Rosà b. 1884, Vienna, Austria – 1978, Rome, Italy
  142. Niki de Saint Phalle b. 1930, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France – 2002, La Jolla, USA
  143. Giovanna Sandri 1923 – 2002, Rome, Italy
  144. Pinaree Sanpitak b. 1961, Bangkok. Lives in Bangkok, Thailand
  145. Aki Sasamoto b. 1980, Kanagawa, Japan. Lives in New York City, USA
  146. Augusta Savage b. 1892, Green Cove Springs, USA – 1962, New York City, USA
  147. Lavinia Schulz and Walter Holdt b. 1896, Lübben (Spreewald), Germany – 1924, Hamburg, Germany 1899 – 1924, Hamburg, Germany
  148. Lillian Schwartz b. 1927, Cincinnati, USA. Lives in New York City, USA
  149. Amy Sillman b. 1955, Detroit, USA. Lives in New York City, USA
  150. Elias Sime b. 1968, Addis Ababa. Lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  151. Marianna Simnett b. 1986, London, UK. Lives in Berlin, Germany
  152. Hélène Smith b. 1861, Martigny, Switzerland – 1929, Geneva, Switzerland
  153. Sable Elyse Smith b. 1986, Los Angeles, USA. Lives in New York City, USA
  154. Teresa Solar b. 1985, Madrid. Lives in Madrid, Spain
  155. Mary Ellen Solt b. 1920, Gilmore City, USA – 2007, Santa Clarita, USA
  156. P. Staff b. 1987, Bognor Regis, UK. Lives in London, UK and Los Angeles, USA
  157. Sophie Taeuber-Arp b. 1889, Davos, Switzerland – 1943, Zürich, Switzerland
  158. Toshiko Takaezu b. 1922, Pepeekeo, USA – 2011, Honolulu, USA
  159. Emma Talbot b. 1969, Stourbridge, UK. Lives in London, UK
  160. Dorothea Tanning b. 1910, Galesburg, USA – 2012, New York City, USA
  161. Bridget Tichenor b. 1917, Paris, France – 1990, Mexico City, Mexico
  162. Tecla Tofano b. 1927, Naples, Italy – 1995, Caracas, Venezuela
  163. Josefa Tolrà b. 1880 – 1959, Cabrils, Spain
  164. Tourmaline b. 1983, Boston, USA. Lives in New York City, USA
  165. Toyen b. 1902, Prague, Austro-Hungarian Empire (present-day Czech Republic) – 1980, Paris, France
  166. Rosemarie Trockel b. 1952, Schwerte, Germany. Lives in Berlin, Germany
  167. Wu Tsang b. 1982, Worcester, USA. Lives in Zürich, Switzerland
  168. Kaari Upson b. 1970, San Bernardino, USA – 2021, New York City, USA
  169. Andra Ursuta b. 1979, Salonta, Romania. Lives in New York City, USA
  170. Grazia Varisco b. 1937, Milan. Lives in Milan, Italy
  171. Remedios Varo b. 1908, Anglès, Spain – 1963, Mexico City, Mexico
  172. Sandra Vásquez de la Horra b. 1967, Viña del Mar, Chile. Lives in Berlin, Germany
  173. Marie Vassilieff b. 1884, Smolensk, Russia – 1957, Nogent-sur-Marne, France
  174. Cecilia Vicuña b. 1948, Santiago, Chile. Lives in New York City, USA
  175. Nanda Vigo 1936 – 2020, Milan, Italy
  176. Marianne Vitale b. 1973, East Rockaway, USA. Lives in New York City, USA
  177. Raphaela Vogel b. 1988, Nuremberg, Germany. Lives in Berlin, Germany
  178. Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller b. 1877, Philadelphia, USA – 1968, Framingham, USA
  179. Laura Wheeler Waring b. 1887, Hartford, USA – 1948, Philadelphia, USA
  180. Ulla Wiggen b. 1942, Stockholm. Lives in Stockholm, Sweden
  181. Mary Wigman b. 1886, Hanover, Germany – 1973, Berlin, Germany
  182. Müge Yilmaz b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey. Lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  183. Frantz Zéphirin b. 1968, Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. Lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  184. Zheng Bo b. 1974, Beijing, China. Lives on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
  185. Unica Zürn b. 1916, Berlin, Germany – 1970, Paris, France
  186. Portia Zvavahera b. 1985, Harare. Lives in Harare, Zimbabwe

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