The biennial award funded by Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna and curated by Matteo Lucchetti and Judith Wielander is taking place for the first time in the USA
The Visible Award is the first European award system to sustain socially committed artistic practices and projects with a participatory and interdisciplinary approach going beyond art’s conventional confines to address the complexities of our globalized society and make a direct impact on the world. Now in its 4th edition, this biennial award devised and funded by Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna and curated by Matteo Lucchetti and Judith Wielander is taking place for the first time in the USA. The jury will meet at New York’s Queens Museum on 2 December for the “Temporary Parliament”, an event in which the public will be able to take part in the debate and dialog with the panel of experts and major figures from the world of contemporary art to elect the winner of the euro 25,000 award. This one-day public debate (from 10 am to 6 pm) confirming the innovative and democratic vocation of the Visible Award will this year be chaired by Laura Raicovich, director of the Queens Museum, together with project advocate Elvira Dyangani Ose, senior curator at Creative Time.
The winning project will be announced on completion of voting for the nine finalists shortlisted by the international panel of 36 curators from among the 60 works on social, political, economic and environmental themes that were entered for this edition. For this, the 4th edition of the Award, Visible is also renewing its website, in collaboration with Milan-based consultancy Leftloft. Listed below are the nine candidates whose projects have been on public view since 9 November thanks to video statements posted on visibleprojects.org:
Chto Delat, The School of Engaged Art (Saint Petersburg, Russia), proposed by Martina Angelotti.
Jesús ‘Bubu’ Negrón and Luis Agosto-Leduc, Brigada Puerta de Tierra (San Juan, Puerto Rico), proposed by Julia Morandeira.
Elia Nurvista, Hunger, Inc. (Yogyakarta, Indonesia.), proposed by Tang Fu Kuen.
Nida Sinnokrot, Sakiya – Art/Science/Agriculture (Ramallah, Palestine), proposed by Nat Mueller.
Narawan Kyo Pathomvat, The Reading Room (Bangkok, Thailand), proposed by Simon Soon and Tang Fu Kuen.
Pedro Neves Marques and Mariana Silva, Inhabitants (New York, USA), proposed by Margarida Mendes.
Renzo Martens, Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (Former Unilever Palm Oil Plantation, Lusanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo), proposed by Victoria Ivanova.
Xu Tan, Social Botany, Land and Turf (New York, US; Shenzhen, China), proposed by Xiaoyu Weng.
Zacharias Kunuk, IsumaTV (Igloolik Hamlet, North Baffin Island, Canadian Arctic Archipelago), proposed by Candice Hopkins.