Venice Biennale Reveals Artists for 2022 Edition

February 3rd, 2022

Organizers of the Venice Biennale today announced the 213 artists and collectives whose work will appear in “The Milk of Dreams” the event’s fifty-ninth iteration, to take place April 23–November 27, 2022. The Biennale will elevate the work of women and gender-nonconforming artists and will “challenge the figure of men as the center of the universe,” according to the event’s director, New York–based curator Cecilia Alemani. Additionally, it will focus on the relationships between humans, various life forms, and technology.

The selected artists represent fifty-eight countries and comprise the Biennale’s most internationally diverse cohort to date, with five nations—Cameroon, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, and Uganda—being represented here for the first time. Of the 213 participating artists and collectives, 180 are making their inaugural Biennale appearances; eighty new commissions are planned. Hosting international pavilions for the first time are Kazakshstan, Kirghizistan, and Uzbekistan.

The main exhibition, which will be presented in the Arsenale and the Giardini, is divided into three parts: “The representation of bodies and their metamorphosis,” “The relationship between individuals and technologies,” and “The connection between bodies and earth.” Present in each section will be works responding to the 1950s children’s book by Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington from which the exhibition takes its title. The show will additionally feature five so-called time capsules, which will present unseen and historic works, borrowed from museums and collections, installed in tandem with the show’s contemporary works.

“What emerges is a historical narrative that is not built around systems of direct inheritance or conflict, but around forms of symbiosis, solidarity, and sisterhood,” noted Alemani.

The Fifty-Ninth Venice Biennale was originally slated to take place in 2021 but was pushed forward owing to the continuing Covid-19 crisis.

A full list of artists is below.

1. Noor Abuarafeh b. 1986, Jerusalem. Lives in Jerusalem and Maastricht, the Netherlands2. Carla Accardi b. 1924, Trapani, Italy – 2014, Rome, Italy3. Igshaan Adams b. 1982, Cape Town. Lives in Cape Town, South Africa4. Eileen Agar b. 1899, Buenos Aires, Argentina – 1991, London, UK5. Monira Al Qadiri b. 1983, Dakar, Senegal. Lives in Berlin, Germany6. Sophia Al-Maria b. 1983, Tacoma, USA. Lives in London, UK Pavilion of Applied Arts7. Ozlem Altın b. 1977, Goch, Germany. Lives in Berlin, Germany8. Marina Apollonio b. 1940, Trieste, Italy. Lives in Padua, Italy9. Gertrud Arndt b. 1903, Ratibor (Racibórz), German Empire (present-day Poland) – 2000, Darmstadt, Germany10. Ruth Asawa b. 1926, Norwalk, USA – 2013, San Francisco, USA11. Shuvinai Ashoona b. 1961, Kinngait. Lives in Kinngait, Nunavut12. Belkis Ayón b. 1967 – 1999, Havana, Cuba13. Firelei Báez b. 1981, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. Lives in New York City, USA14. Felipe Baeza b. 1987, Guanajuato, Mexico. Lives in New York City, USA15. Josephine Baker b. 1906, Saint Louis, USA – 1975, Paris, France16. Djuna Barnes b. 1892 – 1982, New York City, USA17. Mária Bartuszová b. 1936, Prague, Czechoslovakia (present-day Czech Republic) – 1996, Košice, Slovakia18. Benedetta b. 1897, Rome, Italy – 1977, Venice, Italy19. Mirella Bentivoglio b. 1922, Klagenfurt, Austria – 2017, Rome, Italy (In collaboration with Annalisa) Alloatti 1926 – 2000, Turin, Italy20. Merikokeb Berhanu b. 1977, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Lives in Silver Spring, USA21. Tomaso Binga b. 1931, Salerno, Italy. Lives in Rome, Italy22. Cosima von Bonin b. 1962, Mombasa, Kenya. Lives in Cologne, Germany23. Louise Bonnet b. 1970, Geneva, Switzerland. Lives in Los Angeles, USA24. Marianne Brandt b. 1893, Chemnitz, Germany – 1983, Kirchberg, Germany25. Kerstin Brätsch b. 1979, Hamburg, Germany. Lives in New York City, USA and Berlin, Germany26. Dora Budor b. 1984, Zagreb, Croatia. Lives in New York City, USA27. Eglė Budvytytė b. 1981, Kaunas, Lithuania. Lives in Vilnius, Lithuania and Amsterdam, the NetherlandsIn 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 Netherlands28. Liv Bugge b. 1974, Oslo. Lives in Oslo, Norway29. Simnikiwe Buhlungu b. 1995, Johannesburg. Lives in Johannesburg, South Africa and Amsterdam, the Netherlands Biennale College Arte30. Miriam Cahn b. 1949, Basel, Switzerland. Lives in Stampa, Switzerland31. Claude Cahun b. 1894, Nantes, France – 1954, Saint Helier, Jersey, UK32. Elaine Cameron-Weir b. 1985, Red Deer, Canada. Lives in New York City, USA33. Milly Canavero 1920 – 2010, Genoa, Italy34. Leonora Carrington b. 1917, Clayton-le-Woods, UK – 2011, Mexico City, Mexico35. Regina Cassolo Bracchi 1894, Mede, Italy – 1974, Milan, Italy b. 1981, Kaunas, Lithuania. Lives in Vilnius, Lithuania and Amsterdam, the Netherlands36. Ambra Castagnetti b. 1993, Genoa, Italy. Lives in Milan, Italy Biennale College Arte37. Giulia Cenci b. 1988, Cortona. Lives in Cortona, Italy and Amsterdam, the Netherlands38. Giannina Censi b. 1913, Milan, Italy – 1995, Voghera, Italy39. Gabriel Chaile b. 1985, San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina. Lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Lisbon, Portugal40. Ali Cherri b. 1976, Beirut, Lebanon. Lives in Paris, France41. Anna Coleman Ladd b. 1878, Bryn Mawr, USA – 1939, Santa Barbara, USA42. Ithell Colquhoun b. 1906, Shillong, India – 1988, Lamorna, UK43. Myrlande Constant b. 1968, Port-au-Prince. Lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti44. June Crespo b. 1982, Pamplona, Spain. Lives in Bilbao, Spain45. Dadamaino 1930 – 2004, Milan, Italy46. Noah Davis b. 1983, Seattle, USA – 2015, Ojai, USA47. Lenora de Barros b. 1953, São Paulo. Lives in São Paulo, Brazil48. Valentine de Saint-Point b. 1875, Lyon, France – 1953, Cairo, Egypt49. Lise Deharme b. 1898, Paris, France – 1980, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France50. Sonia Delaunay b. 1885, Odessa, Russian Empire (present-day Ukraine) – 1979, Paris, France51. Agnes Denes b. 1931, Budapest, Hungary. Lives in New York City, USA52. Maya Deren b. 1917, Kyiv, Ukraine – 1961, New York City, USA53. Lucia Di Luciano b. 1933, Syracuse, Italy. Lives in Formello, Italy54. Ibrahim El-Salahi b. 1930, Omdurman, Sudan. Lives in Oxford, UK55. Sara Enrico b. 1979, Biella, Italy. Lives in Turin, Italy56. Chiara Enzo b. 1989, Venice. Lives in Venice, Italy57. Andro Eradze b. 1993, Tbilisi. Lives in Tbilisi, Georgia Biennale College Arte58. Jaider Esbell b. 1979, Normandia, Brazil – 2021, São Sebastião, Brazil59. Jana Euler b. 1982, Friedberg, Germany. Lives in Frankfurt, Germany and Brussels, Belgium60. Minnie Evans b. 1892, Long Creek, USA – 1987, Wilmington, USA61. Alexandra Exter b. 1882, Białystok, Russian Empire (present-day Poland) – 1949, Fontenay-aux-Roses, France62. Jadé Fadojutimi b. 1993, London. Lives in London, UK63. Jes Fan b. 1990, Scarborough, Canada. Lives in New York City, USA and Hong Kong64. Safia Farhat b. 1924 – 2004, Radès, Tunisia65. Simone Fattal b. 1942, Damascus, Syria. Lives in Paris and Erquy, France66. Célestin Faustin b. 1948, Lafond, Haiti – 1981, Pétion-Ville, Haiti67. Leonor Fini b. 1907, Buenos Aires, Argentina – 1996, Paris, France68. Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven b. 1874, Swinemünde (Świnoujście), German Empire (present-day Poland) – 1927, Paris, France69. Katharina Fritsch b. 1956, Essen, Germany. Lives in Wuppertal and Düsseldorf, Germany70. Ilse Garnier b. 1927, Kaiserslautern, Germany – 2020, Saisseval, France71. Aage Gaup b. 1943, Børselv, Sápmi/Northern Norway – 2021, Karasjok, Sápmi/Northern Norway72. Linda Gazzera b. 1890, Rome, Italy – 1942, São Paulo, Brazil73. Ficre Ghebreyesus b. 1962, Asmara, Eritrea – 2012, New Haven, USA74. Elisa Giardina Papa b. 1979, Medicina, Italy. Lives in New York City, USA and Palermo, Italy75. Roberto Gil de Montes b. 1950, Guadalajara, Mexico. Lives in La Peñita de Jaltemba, Mexico76. Nan Goldin b. 1953, Washington, D.C., USA. Lives in New York City, USA77. Jane Graverol b. 1905, Ixelles, Belgium – 1984, Fontainebleau, France78. Laura Grisi b. 1939, Rhodes, Greece – 2017, Rome, Italy79. Karla Grosch b. 1904, Weimar, Germany – 1933, Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine (present-day Israel)80. Robert Grosvenor b. 1937, New York City, USA. Lives in East Patchogue, USA81. Aneta Grzeszykowska b. 1974, Warsaw. Lives in Warsaw, Poland82. Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe b. 1971, Sheroana, Venezuela. Lives in Mahekototeri and Caracas, Venezuela83. Florence Henri b. 1893, New York City, USA – 1982, Compiègne, France84. Lynn Hershman Leeson b. 1941, Cleveland, USA. Lives in San Francisco, USA85. Charline von Heyl b. 1960, Mainz, Germany. Lives in New York City and Marfa, USA86. Hannah Höch b. 1889, Gotha, Germany – 1978, Berlin, Germany87. Jessie Homer French b. 1940, New York City, USA. Lives in Mountain Center, USA88. Rebecca Horn b. 1944, Michelstadt, Germany. Lives in Odenwald, Germany89. Georgiana Houghton b. 1814, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain – 1884, London, UK90. Sheree Hovsepian b. 1974, Isfahan, Iran. Lives in New York City, USA91. Tishan Hsu b. 1951, Boston, USA. Lives in New York City, USA92. Marguerite Humeau b. 1986, Cholet, France. Lives in London, UK93. Jacqueline Humphries b. 1960, New Orleans, USA. Lives in New York City, USA94. Kudzanai-Violet Hwami b. 1993, Gutu, Zimbabwe. Lives in London, UK Biennale College Arte95. Tatsuo Ikeda b. 1928, Saga, Japan – 2020, Tokyo, Japan96. Abror Zufarov b. 1971, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Lives in Tashkent 96.5. Charli Tapp b. 1991, France. Lives in Japan97. Aletta Jacobs b. 1854, Sappemeer, the Netherlands – 1929, Baarn, the Netherlands98. Geumhyung Jeong b. 1980, Seoul. Lives in Seoul, South Korea99. Charlotte Johannesson b. 1943, Malmö, Sweden. Lives in Skanör, Sweden100. Loïs Mailou Jones b. 1905, Boston, USA – 1998, Washington, D.C., USA101. Jamian Juliano-Villani b. 1987, Newark, USA. Lives in New York City, USA102. Birgit Jürgenssen 1949 – 2003, Vienna, Austria103. Ida Kar b. 1908, Tambov, Russia – 1974, London, UK104. Allison Katz b. 1980, Montreal, Canada. Lives in London, UK105. Bronwyn Katz b. 1993, Kimberley, South Africa. Lives in Johannesburg, South Africa106. Kapwani Kiwanga b. 1978, Hamilton, Canada. Lives in Paris, France107. Kiki Kogelnik b. 1935, Graz, Austria – 1997, Vienna, Austria108. Barbara Kruger b. 1945, Newark, USA. Lives in Los Angeles, USA109. Tetsumi Kudo b. 1935, Osaka, Japan – 1990, Tokyo, Japan110. Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill b. 1979, Comox, Canada. Lives on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil- Waututh peoples111. Louise Lawler b. 1947, Bronxville, USA. Lives in New York City, USA112. Carolyn Lazard b. 1987, Upland, USA. Lives in New York City and Philadelphia, USA113. Mire Lee b. 1988, Seoul, South Korea. Lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands114. Simone Leigh b. 1967, Chicago, USA. Lives in New York City, USA115. Hannah Levy b. 1991, New York City. Lives in New York City, USA116. Tau Lewis b. 1993, Toronto, Canada. Lives in New York City, USA117. Shuang Li b. 1990, Wuyi Mountains, China. Lives in Berlin, Germany and Geneva, Switzerland118. Liliane Lijn b. 1939, New York City, USA. Lives in London, UK119. Candice Lin b. 1979, Concord, USA. Lives in Los Angeles, USA120. Mina Loy b. 1882, London, UK – 1966, Aspen, USA121. Antoinette Lubaki b. 1895, Bukama, Congo Free State (present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo) – ?122. LuYang b. 1984, Shanghai. Lives in Shanghai, China123. Zhenya Machneva b. 1988, Leningrad (present-day Saint Petersburg), Russia. Lives in Saint Petersburg, Russia124. Baya Mahieddine b. 1931, Fort de l’Eau (present-day Bordj El Kiffan), Algeria – 1998, Blida, Algeria125. Maruja Mallo b. 1902, Viveiro, Spain – 1995, Madrid, Spain126. Joyce Mansour b.1928, Bowden, UK – 1986, Paris, France127. Britta Marakatt-Labba b. 1951, Idivuoma, Sápmi/Northern Sweden. Lives in Övre Soppero, Sápmi/Northern Sweden128. Diego Marcon b. 1985, Busto Arsizio, Italy. Lives in Milan, Italy129. Sidsel Meineche Hansen b. 1981, Ry, Denmark. Lives in London, UK130. 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)131. Vera Molnár b. 1924, Budapest, Hungary. Lives in Paris, France132. Delcy Morelos b. 1967, Tierralta, Colombia. Lives in Bogotá, Colombia133. Sister Gertrude Morgan b. 1900, LaFayette, USA – 1980, New Orleans, USA134. Sandra Mujinga b. 1989, Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lives in Oslo, Norway, and Berlin, Germany.135. Mrinalini Mukherjee b. 1949, Bombay (present-day Mumbai), India – 2015, New Delhi, India.136. Nadja b. 1902, Saint-André-lez-Lille, France – 1941, Bailleul, France137. Louise Nevelson b. 1899, Pereiaslav, Poltava Governorate of the Russian Empire (present-day Ukraine) – 1988, New York City, USA138. Amy Nimr b. 1898, Cairo, Egypt – 1974, Paris, France139. Magdalene Odundo b. 1950, Nairobi, Kenya. Lives in Farnham, UK140. Precious Okoyomon b. 1993, London, UK. Lives in New York City, USA141. Meret Oppenheim b. 1913, Berlin, Germany – 1985, Basel, Switzerland142. Ovartaci b. 1894, Ebeltoft, Denmark – 1985, Risskov, Denmark143. Virginia Overton b. 1971, Nashville, USA. Lives in New York City, USA144. Akosua Adoma Owusu b. 1984, Alexandria, USA. Lives in New York City and Cambridge, USA145. Prabhakar Pachpute b. 1986, Sasti, India. Lives in Pune, India146. Eusapia Palladino b. 1854, Minervino Murge, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (present-day Italy) – 1918, Naples, Italy147. Violeta Parra b. 1917, San Fabián de Alico, Chile – 1967, Santiago, Chile148. Rosana Paulino b. 1967, São Paulo. Lives in São Paulo, Brazil149. Valentine Penrose b. 1898, Mont-de-Marsan, France – 1978, Chiddingly, UK150. Elle Pérez b. 1989, New York City. Lives in New York City, USA151. Sondra Perry b. 1986, Perth Amboy, USA. Lives in Newark, USA152. Solange Pessoa b. 1961, Ferros, Brazil. Lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil153. Thao Nguyen Phan b. 1987, Ho Chi Minh City. Lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam154. Julia Phillips b. 1985, Hamburg, Germany. Lives in Chicago, USA and Berlin, Germany155. Joanna Piotrowska b. 1985, Warsaw. Lives in Warsaw, Poland and London, UK156. Alexandra Pirici b. 1982, Bucharest. Lives in Bucharest, Romania157. Anu Põder b. 1947, Kanepi, Estonia – 2013, Tallinn, Estonia158. Gisèle Prassinos b. 1920, Constantinople (present-day Istanbul), Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey) – 2015, Paris, France159. Christina Quarles b. 1985, Chicago, USA. Lives in Los Angeles, USA160. Rachilde b. 1860, Cros, France – 1953, Paris, France161. Janis Rafa b. 1984, Athens. Lives in Athens, Greece and Amsterdam, the Netherlands162. Alice Rahon b. 1904, Chenecey-Buillon, France – 1987, Mexico City, Mexico163. Carol Rama 1918 – 2015, Turin, Italy164. Paula Rego b. 1935, Lisbon, Portugal. Lives in London, UK165. Edith Rimmington b. 1902, Leicester, UK – 1986, Bexhill-on-Sea, UK166. Enif Robert b. 1886, Prato, Italy – 1974, Bologna, Italy167. Luiz Roque b. 1979, Cachoeira do Sul, Brazil. Lives in São Paulo, Brazil168. Rosa Rosà b. 1884, Vienna, Austria – 1978, Rome, Italy169. Niki de Saint Phalle b. 1930, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France – 2002, La Jolla, USA170. Giovanna Sandri 1923 – 2002, Rome, Italy171. Pinaree Sanpitak b. 1961, Bangkok. Lives in Bangkok, Thailand172. Aki Sasamoto b. 1980, Kanagawa, Japan. Lives in New York City, USA173. Augusta Savage b. 1892, Green Cove Springs, USA – 1962, New York City, USA174. Lavinia Schulz and Walter Holdt b. 1896, Lübben (Spreewald), Germany – 1924, Hamburg, Germany 1899 – 1924, Hamburg, Germany175. Lillian Schwartz b. 1927, Cincinnati, USA. Lives in New York City, USA176. Amy Sillman b. 1955, Detroit, USA. Lives in New York City, USA177. Elias Sime b. 1968, Addis Ababa. Lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia178. Marianna Simnett b. 1986, London, UK. Lives in Berlin, Germany179. Hélène Smith b. 1861, Martigny, Switzerland – 1929, Geneva, Switzerland180. Sable Elyse Smith b. 1986, Los Angeles, USA. Lives in New York City, USA181. Teresa Solar b. 1985, Madrid. Lives in Madrid, Spain182. Mary Ellen Solt b. 1920, Gilmore City, USA – 2007, Santa Clarita, USA183. P. Staff b. 1987, Bognor Regis, UK. Lives in London, UK and Los Angeles, USA184. Sophie Taeuber-Arp b. 1889, Davos, Switzerland – 1943, Zürich, Switzerland185. Toshiko Takaezu b. 1922, Pepeekeo, USA – 2011, Honolulu, USA186. Emma Talbot b. 1969, Stourbridge, UK. Lives in London, UK187. Dorothea Tanning b. 1910, Galesburg, USA – 2012, New York City, USA188. Bridget Tichenor b. 1917, Paris, France – 1990, Mexico City, Mexico189. Tecla Tofano b. 1927, Naples, Italy – 1995, Caracas, Venezuela190. Josefa Tolrà b. 1880 – 1959, Cabrils, Spain191. Tourmaline b. 1983, Boston, USA. Lives in New York City, USA192. Toyen b. 1902, Prague, Austro-Hungarian Empire (present-day Czech Republic) – 1980, Paris, France193. Rosemarie Trockel b. 1952, Schwerte, Germany. Lives in Berlin, Germany194. Wu Tsang b. 1982, Worcester, USA. Lives in Zürich, Switzerland195. Kaari Upson b. 1970, San Bernardino, USA – 2021, New York City, USA196. Andra Ursuta b. 1979, Salonta, Romania. Lives in New York City, USA197. Grazia Varisco b. 1937, Milan. Lives in Milan, Italy198. Remedios Varo b. 1908, Anglès, Spain – 1963, Mexico City, Mexico199. Sandra Vásquez de la Horra b. 1967, Viña del Mar, Chile. Lives in Berlin, Germany200. Marie Vassilieff b. 1884, Smolensk, Russia – 1957, Nogent-sur-Marne, France201. Cecilia Vicuña b. 1948, Santiago, Chile. Lives in New York City, USA202. Nanda Vigo 1936 – 2020, Milan, Italy203. Marianne Vitale b. 1973, East Rockaway, USA. Lives in New York City, USA204. Raphaela Vogel b. 1988, Nuremberg, Germany. Lives in Berlin, Germany205. Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller b. 1877, Philadelphia, USA – 1968, Framingham, USA206. Laura Wheeler Waring b. 1887, Hartford, USA – 1948, Philadelphia, USA207. Ulla Wiggen b. 1942, Stockholm. Lives in Stockholm, Sweden208. Mary Wigman b. 1886, Hanover, Germany – 1973, Berlin, Germany209. Müge Yilmaz b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey. Lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands210. Frantz Zéphirin b. 1968, Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. Lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti211. Zheng Bo b. 1974, Beijing, China. Lives on Lantau Island, Hong Kong212. Unica Zürn b. 1916, Berlin, Germany – 1970, Paris, France213. Portia Zvavahera b. 1985, Harare. Lives in Harare, Zimbabwe