1st International Biennial of Contemporary Art, CARTAGENA DE INDIAS, COLOMBIA Opens 2/7
#1: Cartagena, an exhibition of contemporary art with both international and national artists, is a Biennial created with the idea of further enhancing Cartagena's image as a significant cultural center. In a city with existing deep connections to literature, cinema, music, dance and crafts art, the exhibition will honor these cultural manifestations through the artworks presented. Bringing together artists from different countries and generations, whose works will be exhibited throughout the city of Cartagena, the Biennial will include painting, sculpture, photography, electronic and audiovisual media, installation and performance.
The Biennial will focus on the idea of Presence and its multiple meanings such as:
Being (existing in the world,) Occurring (temporal experiences, either virtual or real), andTerritory (historical and personal roots, history of the Americas). This expanse concept is related to the relationship between past and present - seeing the past as a symbol, myth and memory contrasting and meshing with the texture of the present, as determining factors in the identity of the present and what will unfold after. In this context, much of the definition of Presence comes from the Dutch philosopher Eelco Runic to whom Presence is "being in touch", either literally or figuratively, with people, things, events, and feelings that make you the person you are. This is the reason why the works will address the cultural connections existing in Cartagena as they were explained above. The artworks will draw people closer to them where these connections will be presented. A segment about nature/environment and recycling was added to those deep cultural connections since they represent a worldwide concern and could not be ignored.
Cartagena de Indias, a Colonial city founded in 1533, is located in the center of the northeastern Caribbean coast of Colombia. Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena has had a unique and interesting confluence of influences over its 500 year history that include pre-Columbian native Aboriginal, Spanish, African and Arab cultures. A city rich in multicultural folklore, it is often considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Caribbean.
In conjunction with the Biennial, there will be a solid academic program of forums and discussions as well as performances and concerts.
One of the goals of the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias is to offer educational tools that bring spectators closer to contemporary art, thus allowing them to enjoy the Biennial. To this end, we have implemented a training program to include workshops and lectures in educational institutions and cultural centers around the city. During the Biennial, we will also have a series of lectures and discussions with invited artists. Visitors can find more information on this site as we approach the start of the Biennial.
WORKSHOPS IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
The District Secretary of Education will assist in the selection of each educational institution that will participate in this first stage. The workshops are under the leadership of artist and project manager Rafael Ortiz, who will work with a team of educators comprised by Ernesto Recuero, Nelson Fory, Roberto Carlos Pérez, and Sandra De la Cruz. This mechanism seeks to make the Biennial an educational source for learning and developing creative processes in youth education and teaching communities.
Following the workshops hosted by educational institutions, the Biennial will offer a group of students and teachers with an artistic interest a chance to participate in a second stage of training that will involve individual and collective proposals.
A series of lectures by invited artists will be offered, looking to widen knowledge and motivate the public who are interested in art and its different manifestations.
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BERTA SICHEL, Artistic Director
An independent curator working internationally, Berta Sichel's experience with Biennials started in Brazil at the São Paulo International Biennial, and later with Aperto-93 at the Venice Biennial. Ms. Sichel consulted with an international group of curators to select the participating artists and projects.
From 2000 to 2011, Sichel was the Director of the Department of Film and Video at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, where she presented the work of a wide range of international and local artists and produced more than 20 performances and concerts. Between 2005 and 2006, she selected the works for the Museum's historical video collection and curated 'First Generation: Art and Moving Image: 1963-86,' exhibiting the Museum's new collection comprised of approximately 80 works. The exhibition was named by Spanish art critics as one of the three best exhibitions of the year in Spain.
Born in Brazil, Sichel moved to New York in 1979 and graduated from New York University with a Masters in Media Ecology, and a PhD in Communications. During her time in New York, she worked as an independent curator, an art correspondent for European publications, and a teacher for the Media Studies Program at the New School for SocialResearch. Her articles and scholarly texts in books and art catalogues have been published in many countries. Among other prizes and awards, she was a recipient of the 1998 Guggenheim Fellowship in Humanities/Fine Art Research, and in 2010 she was recognized by Spain's Association of Women in the Arts as the best female curator, with a special mention for her support of women artists.
NATALIA BONILLA MALDONADO, Director
Natalia Bonilla has a degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, a Masters in Cultural Project Management from the Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III, and a specialization in Fundraising from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University.
BARBARA KRULIK, Advisor
Barbara Krulik is a consultant serving inter- and multidisciplinary artists and companies in production, management and distribution of their work. She specializes in performance and site specific art having gained experience as Managing Director of Dansmakers Amsterdam, a production house and workplace for research and development of contemporary experimental dance by emerging choreographers, and as Managing Director of theater collective Aardlek, which specializes in street arts and site specific theater starting from the realities of public space. Her interest is non text performance art, which is visual theater inspired by daily routines in unique locations. From 2006 to 2009, she was Manager and Producer at Warner & Consorten, a theater group creating unexpected performances for unusual places. Prior to her move to Amsterdam, Krulik has served as Director of the New York Academy of Art, Associate Director of Forum Gallery New York, and Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs of the National Academy of Art in New York.
BISI SILVA, Advisor
Bisi Silva is an independent curator and the Founder/Director of Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos. In 2006, she was a curator for the Dakar Biennale in Senegal, and in 2010 she joined Independent Curators International (ICI) as New York's inaugural touring curator. Since 2011 she has been the curatorial advisor for Tiwani Contemporary, London.
Silva has participated in several international conferences and symposia, and written essays for many publications including international art magazines and journals. She is on the editorial board of Art South Africa N. Paradoxa, an international feminist art journal. She is a member of the Berlin Biennale 8 selection committee (2014) and a member of the international jury for the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). She has been the recipient of several prestigious international fellowships and residencies.
PAUL WILLEMSEN, Advisor
Paul Willemsen is a Belgian-based curator and writer. He graduated as a film director from the RITS School for Audiovisual and Performing Arts in Brussels. Initially starting out for Belgian television as a documentary maker on contemporary visual art and cinema, he soon switched to writing and curating. From 1996 to 2012 he was artistic director of Argos, a Brussels based centre for art and media, where he curated highly acclaimed group shows and organized various lectures, events and screening series. Before joining Argos, Willemsen worked for different institutions in Belgium and Holland, among others, as editor-in-chief of the visual culture journal AS (Antwerp) and professor at the Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design. He frequently lectures - most recently on the work of Joëlle Tuerlinckx - and since the late 80s, has published over two hundred articles in various Belgian and European art periodicals, as well as edited or co-edited more than twenty publications.
#1: CARTAGENA: PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Suzanne Anker, US
Eduardo Abaroa, Mexico
Helena Almeida, Portugal
Charles Atlas, US
Radcliffe Bailey, US
Rosa Barba, Italy
Perry Bard, Canada
Yto Barrada, France/Morocco
Lothar Baumgarten, Germany
Terry Berkowitz, US
Janet Biggs, US
Anna Boghiguian, Egypt
Francois Bucher, Colombia
Trisha Brown, US
Fernando Bryce, Peru
Anna Camner, Sweden
Peter Campus, US
Nuria Carrasco, Spain
Nick Cave, US
Willie Cole, US
Bill Culbert, New Zealand
Elena del Rivero, Spain
William Engelen, Holland
Nezaket Ekici ,Turkey
Richard Garet, Uruguay
Ximena Garrido-Leca, Peru
Raúl Gómez Valverde, Spain
Justine Graham, US
Asta Gröting, Germany
Federico Guzman, Spain
Romuald Hazoumè, Benin
Diango Hernández, Cuba
Kirsten Heshusius, Netherlands
Sheila Hicks, US
Maria Teresa Hincapié, Colombia
Candida Höfer, Germany
Katie Holten, Ireland
Shirazeh Houshiary, Iran
Satch Hoyt, England
Marine Hugonnier, France
Jesper Just, Denmark
Kevin King, US
Clemencia Labin, Venezuela
Dana Levy, Israel
Christiane Löhr, Germany
Inés Lombardi, Brazil
Oswaldo Maciá, Colombia
Lucía Madriz, Costa Rica
Marcellvs L., Brazil
Jenny Marketou, Greece
Billy Martin, US
Julie Mehretu, Ethiopia
Zwelethu Mthethwa, South Africa
Guillermo Mora, Spain
Carlos Motta, Colombia
Beth Moyses, Brazil
Maria Nepomuceno, Brazil
Lorraine O'Grady, US
Emeka Ogboh, Nigeria
Uche Okpa-Iroha, Nigeria
Kristin Oppenheim, US
Trevor Paglen, US
Guillermo Paneque, Spain
João Penalva, Portugal
Libia Posada, Colombia
Freya Powell, England
Khalil Rabah, Palestine
Jessica Rankin, Australia
Luis Fernando Ramírez, Colombia
Yoko Ono, Japan
Álvaro Restrepo and El Colegio de
Lotty Rosenfeld, Chile
Steven Roden, US
Ruby Rumié, Colombia
Eduardo Sarabia, US
Carlos Schwartz, Mexico
Teresa Serrano, Mexico
Hassan Sharif, Arab Emirates
Yinka Shonibare, England
Philip Taaffe, US
Tallur L.N., India
Alison Elizabeth Taylor, US
Mickalene Thomas, US
Ana Torfs, Belgium
Adán Vallecillo, Honduras
Sergio Vega, Argentina
Anton Vidokle, Russia
Leo Villareal, US
Bill Viola, US
Stephen Vitiello, US
Gijs van Bon, Netherlands
Svetlin Velchev, Bulgaria
Friedemann von Stockhausen,
Pawl Wojtasik, Poland
Ming Wong, Singapore
Betty Woodman, US
Yin Xiuzhen, China
Suda Yoshihiro, Japan
Dolores Zinny and Juan Maidagan,
IMPERFECT IDLER OR WHEN THINGS DISAPPEAR
A special section of the Biennial is devoted to Colombian artists that will include 23 established and 9 chosen artists from the Biennial's open call.
The following curators are jurying this national exhibition:
Miguel Gonzalez is a professor, art critic and curator. He is member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). He has been Curator at the Museum of Modern Art La Tertulia, Cali since 1985, and a jury member for some of the most important events in visual arts for Colombia, such as the National Exhibitions, the Biennials of the Museum of Modern Art of Bogota and the Rabinovich Exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art of Medellin.
Gabriela Rangel holds an M.A. in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, an M.A. in media and communications studies from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, and a B.A. in film studies from the International Film School at San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. She is currently the Director of Visual Arts and Curator at the Americas Society.
Stephanie Rosenthal joined the Hayward Gallery as Chief Curator in December 2007, having previously worked at the Haus der Kunst in Munich for more than 10 years. She worked as assistant curator and co-curator on highly-praised survey exhibitions including 'Night' (1998) and 'Objects in 20th Century Art' (2000). She has just opened an exhibition on Ana Mendieta at the Hayward Gallery.
IMPERFECT IDLER OR WHEN THINGS DISAPPEAR: PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
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