The Luanda Triennale, an initiative by artist and curator Fernando Alvim, intends to reflect Angolan history and to reconcile the Angolan public with international modernity. The Luanda Triennial questions the usual mechanisms by which culture in Africa has been promoted, and aims is to be a platform and cultural laboratory that observes and analyses society‚Äôs emotional and aesthetic changes in response to its most political and social environment.
Over the last years, the Sindika Dokolo Foundation has developed a conscious and responsible cultural policy, conceptualising and producing cultural, economic and political instruments and mechanisms for the development of contemporary African art.
The creation of the Sindika Dokolo African Collection of Contemporary Art, the support for the cultural movement in Luanda, the production of the first edition of the Luanda Triennial¬† and¬† the¬† design¬† and¬† materialisation¬† of¬† the¬† first¬† African¬† pavilion¬† at¬† the¬† 52nd¬† Venice Biennale, are considered unprecedented cultural realities in the African and worldwide context. With this in mind, a multipurpose cultural building has become an urgent¬† necessity.¬† Such¬† a¬† facility¬† would¬† enable¬† the¬† continuity¬† of¬† the¬† movement¬† and¬† artistic efforts and events in Luanda and Angola. In turn, this would help develop a joint strategy¬† with¬† other¬† African¬† cities¬† and¬† nations,¬† as¬† well¬† as¬† a¬† network¬† and¬† partnerships¬† with international institutions.
Since¬† we¬† consider¬† it¬† essential¬† that¬† African¬† aesthetic¬† be¬† reflected¬† upon¬† and¬† their¬† historical and scientific nature be recognised, we are committed to participating in fostering the cohesion of the parameters that define the soul and aesthetic of Angola and Africa.
The¬† Sindika¬† Dokolo¬† Foundation¬† is¬† a¬† not-¬≠‚Äêfor-¬≠‚Äêprofit¬† institution¬† of¬† a¬† technical/scientific,¬† cultural and social nature, and unlimited duration, as published in the Di√°rio Oficial Da Rep√∫blica (official Angolan gazette) 3rd Series, no. 84, dated 13 JUL 2007, pages 2,849 to 2,853.