2020 “Consolidating our ideas for the big meeting” Desert stone, Iron bar and landscape, h. 100 cm, N. 10, 31, 19 

The National Pavilion of Namibia A Bridge to the Desert is making its debut at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia with the Land Art project The Lone Stone Men of the Desert by RENN.


La Certosa Island, Venice


From April 23rd to 27th November 2022

Pre-opening: 20, 21 and 22 April 2022

“Heading for 1 - big gathering” N. 27, Desert stone, Iron bar and landscape , h.150cm

The Lone Stone Men of the Desert

Since 2014 some mysterious human-like sculptures have appeared in Namib desert, one of the oldest deserts in the world. The sculptures appear lonely and looking for each other. The artwork calls for a reflection on sustainability and cultural interactions. Those who created them conceal their identity behind the pseudonym RENN: Art Before Artist is the motto.

A Bridge to the Desert

Curatorial Note

“A bridge to the desert” is a game of allusions to which everyone must be free to give their own interpretation. It is also RENN’s invitation to enjoy the artworks in total freedom, free from any influence, first and foremost from the personality of the Artist, who from the very start did not want to put their name to the artworks. However, in a monograph readers try to look for a clue, an opinion that they can consider. A Curator cannot avoid offering some suggestions at least. Here are some interpretations, limiting ourselves to the most immediate: the first bridge is precisely that of the exhibition, within the Biennale Arte 2022, which presents to an international audience this work that was originally entrusted to the care of the oldest desert in the world.