Artist residence cancellation
With deep regret, we have to inform you that the residence of Awanle Ayiboro, the Ghanaian artist we were very keen to host and exhibit has to be cancelled.
The reason for this unfortunate event is that, notwithstanding all the guarantees by the Festival and by our artistic director and a formal intervention by one of our distinguished supporters, the Italian authorities have not yet given her a visa to visit Italy. We can only express our deepest disappointment.
Unfortunately this seems not to be the only such occurence: https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2023/05/18/biennale-di-venezia-negato-il-visto-a-tre-artisti-ghanesi-la-curatrice-lesley-lokko-lambasciatrice-vuole-fare-bella-figura-con-il-governo-di-destra/7165562/amp/
We will do all that is in our power to bring Awanle to Salento next year and to help her overcome her perfectly legitimate disappointment.
See you soon at the concerts.