Congrats to Creative Capital Artists in the 2022 Venice Biennale!

We’re thrilled to celebrate our visionary Creative Capital Awardees participating in the 2022 Venice Biennale. Congratulations to Sable Elyse Smith (2016 Awardee), Wu Tsang (2015 Awardee), Simone Leigh (2012 Awardee), Akosua Adoma Owusu (2012 Awardee), and Lynn Hershman Leeson (2008 Awardee) on the achievement!

Simone Leigh will be the first Black woman to represent the United States at the US Pavilion. For the exhibition, Leigh is producing a new series of bronze and ceramic sculptures entitled, Grittin’, highlighting the labor and resilience of Black women across global histories.

The international exhibition will elevate the work of women and gender-nonconforming artists, challenge the figure of men as the center of the universe, and centers on metamorphosis in the current era of upheaval. The Venice Biennale runs from April 23, 2022 to November 27, 2022.

Discover Their Creative Capital Projects


Sable Elyse Smith (2016 Awardee)

Made in collaboration with Melanie Crean and Shaun Leonardo, Mirror/Echo/Tilt is a multimedia and performance art project exploring how criminality and incarceration are imposed on the body.

Work by Wu Tsang

Wu Tsang (2015 Creative Capital Awardee)

A Day in the Life of Bliss combines science fiction, documentary, and performance art to explore how underground youth culture is evolving in the Internet age.

Work by Simone Leigh

Simone Leigh (2012 Creative Capital Awardee)

What’s Her Face is an installation of sculptures and video informed by Leigh’s ongoing visual research on contemporary art and vernacular objects in the Global South.

Work by Akosua Adoma Owusu

Akosua Adoma Owusu (​​2012 Awardee)

On Monday of Last Week is a film based on a short story by writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, tells the story of a Nigerian woman who takes on a nannying job for an interracial couple.

Women Art Revolution by Lynn Hershman Leeson

Lynn Hershman Leeson (2008 Awardee)

Women Art Revolution combines interviews, artwork and rarely seen archival film and video footage, to detail the evolution of the feminist art movement in the United States from 1968 to the present.

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