U-Turn: Simone Leigh’s groundbreaking exhibition at the Venice Biennale

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  • Published on October 31, 2022
  • Last Updated June 23, 2023

Sculptor Simone Leigh is the first Black woman from the US at the Venice Biennale and U-Turn’s Suzette Webb can’t be more excited. The exhibit is on until Nov. 27.

In this video you are about to watch, prepare to hear a real-life inspirational story. This year, sculptor Simone Leigh became the first Black woman to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale, an international art and cultural exhibition hosted annually in Italy. It has been taking place every two years since 1895, making it one of the oldest events of its kind. As a single mother from Brooklyn Simone Leigh was, initially, discouraged by others from creating her art because “ceramic is a hobbyist material and the art world would never see her ceramic sculptures as real art”. How wrong they were. Recently, as part of her exhibition in Venice, this outstanding Black artist brought together activists, scholars, and artists from around the globe for a project called Loophole of Retreat, a three-day symposium that included performances and presentations centering Black women’s intellectual and creative labor.


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