57th Venice Biennale 2017 – “To Be King” by Christine Dixie

Dixie has been invited by the European Cultural Foundation to show her installation To Be King at the Venice Biennale, forming part of the exhibition Personal Structures hosted by the GAA Foundation at the Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora from 13 May to 26 November 2017.
About the Artist:
Christine Dixie (South Africa, 1966) studied her under-graduate degree at the University of the Witwatersrand and graduated with her MFA from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Fine Art Department at Rhodes University.
About the Installation:
The Project To Be King is the culmination of a sustained body of work over a five-year period. It is a multi-media installation that questions the status quo.

The painting Las Meninas by Velasquez (1565) and a subsequent essay on the painting by Foucault (1966) have been the impetus in developing this project. It is the insights into structures of power, social and psychological, represented by Velasquez and analysed by Foucault, that Christine Dixie used as entry points into this project.
To Be King will be installed in Room 16 on the 2nd Floor of Palazzo Bembo.
Christine Dixie will be available to speak about her work from 11 – 17 May during the opening week.

Image credit: Christine Dixie, To Be King, 2014, animated video installation.

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