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of the 56th International Art Exhibition:
Golden Lions to Armenia, Adrian Piper, El Anatsui, Susanne Ghez. Silver Lion to Im Heung-Soon. Special Mentions: Harun Farocki, Abounaddara collective, Massinissa Selmani, USA pavilion -Joan Jonas.
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The Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta has appointed, upon recommendation by the Artistic Director Okwui Enwezor, the International Jury of the 56th International Art Exhibition (9 May - 22 November 2015) composed of the following members:
Naomi Beckwith (USA), Sabine Breitwieser (Austria), Mario Codognato (Italy), Ranjit Hoskote (India), Yongwoo Lee (South Korea).
Okwui Enwezor motivated the choice of the jurors as follows:
Naomi Beckwith is the Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She has built over the past few years a remarkable curatorial practice showcasing some of the most interesting emerging artists in the international art scene, often offering them their first solo shows, first at the Studio Museum in Harlem, ICA Philadelphia and now in Chicago.
Sabine Breitwieser is the Director of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, she was Founding Director and Chief Curator of the Generali Foundation in Vienna and the former Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art. Her unique curatorial approach to performance art as an emancipatory practice negotiating the physical and the social space of the medium makes her one of the most interesting voices in the field.
Mario Codognato is the 21er Haus Chief Curator and has since his tenure as Chief Curator at MADRE in Naples had a prolific curatorial and editorial career organizing major exhibitions and writing monographs for various institutions around the world on the work of prominent figures of our time.
Ranjit Hoskote is a critic, writer, poet and curator with an insightful knowledge and first-hand experience of the current artistic production in Asia and around the world. He has been extensively published and is essentially a consummate and accomplished "touche-à-tout".
Yongwoo Lee is a prominent figure in the global curatorial scene with a career that spans over three decades and a particular interest in visual culture as a social practice connecting art, technology and information. While serving as president of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation until 2014, Lee developed a compelling art theory and curatorial practice both in his home country and around the world.
The Jury will award the following official prizes:
Golden Lion for best National Participation
Golden Lion for best artist in the International Exhibition All the World’s Futures
Silver Lion for a promising young artist in the International Exhibition All the World’s Futures.
The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday May 9th 2015 at Ca’ Giustinian, the historic headquarters of la Biennale di Venezia. The 56th Exhibition will open to the public at 10 am that day.
Naomi Beckwith is the Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She has curated and cocurated several exhibitions nationally and internationally, including at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and at Cuchifritos, Artists Space, and at the Studio Museum in Harlem, where she was associate curator and managed the Artists-in-Residence program. Conceptual art practices, performance, identity politics in contemporary art, and the work of artists of African descent are central to her curatorial inquiry. In addition to shaping exhibitions, Beckwith has contributed to numerous catalogues and journals. Beckwith received an MA with Distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, completing her master’s thesis on Adrian Piper and Carrie Mae Weems, and she received a BA in history from Northwestern University. She was a 2009 grantee of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and was granted the 2015 New Leadership award by ArtTable.
Sabine Breitwieser is an international curator and museum director and became the Director of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg in September 2013. She previously served as Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and as Founding Director and Chief Curator of the Generali Foundation in Vienna. For many years she was a board member and served as the Secretary and Treasurer of CIMAM, the International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern Art. In 2012 Sabine Breitwieser was a recipient of the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award.
Breitwieser has curated retrospective and solo exhibitions with artists including: Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, VALIE EXPORT, Harun Farocki, Simone Forti, Andrea Fraser, Isa Genzken, Isaac Julien, Mary Kelly, Christian Marclay, Edward Krasinski, Gordon Matta-Clark, Gustav Metzger, Adrian Piper, Martha Rosler, Allan Sekula. She has also organized thematic exhibitions such as Art/Histories, Viennese Actionism (Salzburg, 2014), Utopia and Monument (Graz, 2009-2010), Modernologies (Barcelona and Warsaw, 2009-2010), and Designs for the Real World, double life, RE-PLAY, vivencias/life experience, or White Cube/Black Box (Vienna, 1996-2007). How are we Performing Today? was the title of a two-day symposium that Breitwieser has organized to discuss current issues of performance and the museum at MoMA in 2012. The MoMA Media Lounge designed by Renée Green, also organized by Breitwieser, was the first public platform of its kind in a New York museum that gave access to the collection of video-based works. During her tenure at MoMA Breitwieser has acquired more than six-hundred works for the collection, including some major pan-departmental projects. For the Generali Foundation Breitwieser has built an internationally renowned program and an important collection of more than two-thousand artworks published in the volumes Exhibitions 1989-2007 (2008) and in Occupying Space: Generali Foundation Collection (2003). Under her era the museum building for the Generali Foundation has been constructed and opened in 1995 (Jabornegg/Pálffy architects).
In addition to numerous exhibition catalogues, she recently published "Taking Part in the Museum" in Afterall (London, 2013), and "Performance without Curators—Art and the Public Sphere" in Timing—On the Temporal Dimensions of Exhibitions (Leipzig, 2013). Breitwieser is a frequent lecturer at conferences, symposia and in the university context; in 2012 she was the Regent Lecturer at the University of California in Berkeley, USA.
At the Museum der Moderne Salzburg she has initiated a series of new rotating collection exhibitions featuring the Generali Foundation Collection that the museum has acquired as permanent loan. Breitwieser is currently working on a large exhibition on E.A.T. – Experiments in Art and Technology and a retrospective of Carolee Schneemann.
Mario Codognato was the first chief curator of MADRE, the new museum of contemporary art in Naples, where he has curated, among others, the retrospectives of the work of Jannis Kounellis (2006), Rachel Whiteread (2007), Thomas Struth (2008) and Franz West (2010). He has previously worked at the contemporary art project at the Archeological Museum in Naples, where he has curated the exhibitions of Francesco Clemente (2002), Jeff Koons (2003), Anish Kapoor (2003), Richard Serra (2004), Anselm Kiefer (2004) and the first ever museum retrospective of Damien Hirst (2004). Since 1999 he has curated the sitespecific public projects for Piazza Plebiscito including Robert Rauschenberg (1999), Joseph Kosuth (2001), Sol Lewitt (2005) Jenny Holzer (2006), Jan Fabre (2008) and Carsten Nicolai (2009). He has curated exhibition for other institutions and written their catalogue essays on the work of Alighiero Boetti (1992, 1999), Richard Long (1994 and 1997), Gilbert & George (1998), Jan Fabre (1999), Brice Marden (2001) and Wolfgang Laib (2005). He has curated several thematic exhibitions, including Barock at MADRE in 2009 and Fragile? at the Cini Foundation in Venice in 2013. In 2014, he was appointed the new chief curator at the 21er Haus in Vienna.
Ranjit Hoskote is a cultural theorist, curator and poet based in Bombay. He is the author of more than 25 books, including Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006) and Central Time (Penguin/ Viking, 2014), and the monographs Zinny & Maidagan: Compartment/ Das Abteil (Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/ Walther König, 2010) and Atul Dodiya (Prestel, 2014). Hoskote has translated the 14th-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded’s works as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). With Ilija Trojanow, he has co-authored Kampfabsage (Blessing, 2007; in English as Confluences: Forgotten Histories from East and West, Yoda, 2012). With Nancy Adajania, he is co-author of The Dialogues Series (Popular, 2011), a cycle of conversations with artists. With Maria Hlavajova, he is editor of Future Publics: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art (BAK/ Valiz, 2015).
Hoskote has been active as an independent curator since 1993. He curated India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (Everyone Agrees: It’s About to Explode, 2011). With Artistic Director Okwui Enwezor, Hoskote and Hyunjin Kim co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008). Hoskote was a member of the curatorial-artistic core group for Acts of Voicing (Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, 2012-2013). He was also co-convenor, with Maria Hlavajova, Boris Groys and Kathrin Rhomberg, of the exhibition-conference platform Former West Congress: Documents, Constellations, Prospects (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2013).
Hoskote has been a Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (1995), writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich (2003), Associate Fellow at Sarai/ CSDS, New Delhi (2006-2007), and researcher-in-residence at BAK/ basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (2010; 2013). He sits on the programme advisory board of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), the international advisory board of the Bergen Triennial (Norway) and the academic advisory board of the Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong).
Yongwoo Lee is currently the executive director of Shanghai Himalayas Museum and president of IBA (International Biennial Association). He was the founding director of the Gwangju Biennale in 1995 and served as the president and general director of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation from 2008 to 2014. Over the last thirty years, he has worked to present internationally the aesthetics of difference, while curating and reexamining exhibitions related to the discourse of visual culture as social practice. His curated exhibitions include Electronic Maple (New York Center for Media Art), Whitney Biennial Seoul (National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea), Flowers of May (Gwangju Museum of Art), Nam June Paik Retrospective (National Museum of Contemporary Art), Dansaekhwa (Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice), etc.
He was a professor of aesthetics and critical theory at Korea University and has lectured at several universities across the United States and Europe. He did his Ph.D in art history at Oxford University. His published numerous books including Information and Reality, Nam June Paik and The Origins of Video Art, etc.