East Africa Biennale

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Tags: East African Art
Published: 22-09-2015

Editions: 2003 – 2013

This biennale is held every two years and is organised by the East Africa Art Biennale association.

The association is made up of a national committee based at the University of Dar-es-Salaam. Although the biennale is based on a selection processes that seems to take a broader overview in how artists from this region are promoted, it is worth examining who constitutes as part of the national committee and how such selections are made.

In addition to showcasing their work the biennale disseminate information about these artists to its stakeholders through normal mail, publications, leaflets, videos, films, books and electronic mail. It encompasses a variety of interactive activities in the respective participating countries but follows a uniformed edifice related to proceeds, commission and sales of work during the biennale.

The 2011 biennale (2 -16 November) was unique because it travelled across East Africa over six months.


Goethe Institute, Dar-es-Salaam – 3rd November; “La Petite Galerie” Oysterbay Shopping Centre – 5th November; Nafasi Art Centre – 5th November

Artists from Austria, Belgium, Togo, Kenya, U.S, U.K. South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Togo, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, France, Netherlands and Tanzania.