Queens Museum

Queens Museum Hosts the US Premiere of the Visible Award

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For the first time in its history, the Visible Award will conduct its fourth biennial Temporary Parliament in the United States, at the Queens Museum on December 2 (10 am to 6 pm EST). The Visible Award is the first international production award devoted to art work in the social sphere, that aims to produce and sustain socially engaged artistic practices in a global context.

Zacharias Kunuk, IsumaTV, Image Courtesy the Artist

The event, free and open to the public, will convene a Temporary Parliament to engage new audiences with nine art projects shortlisted for this year’s award. Members of the public and assembled experts from many fields will gather to experience presentations, discussion, and debate, followed by an open vote to determine the winner of the 2017 Visible Award. The day will be introduced with an inaugural speech by artist and Artistic Director of Cittadellarte, Michelangelo Pistoletto.

The Award will be chaired by Laura Raicovich , Director of the Queens Museum, who will host the debate together with Matteo Lucchetti and Judith Wielander, co-directors of the Visible project, and Elvira Dyangani Ose, Senior Curator at Creative Time, who will be the advocate for all of the projects. Videos of the nine shortlisted projects are available for public review in advance of the Temporary Parliament on Visible’s website.

Chto Delat, The School of Engaged Art, 2014. Image Courtesy the Artist

The Visible Award (Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna) is the first European award that sustains socially engaged artistic practice in a global context, and seeks to offer a platform for innovative projects that have the potential to become visible in fields other than artistic ones. Visible’s approach has been unique from the outset for piloting the public jury format at the 2013 Award at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. Subsequently, in 2015, the Award was organized in collaboration with Tate Liverpool at the Liverpool City Council, where the notion of a Temporary Parliament was inaugurated. The public’s engagement in the assessment and voting on the art projects transformed the Award into an occasion for collective learning and the expansion of the discourse instigated by and around the projects. The Queens Museum has a long-standing commitment to socially engaged art, and its New York City Building was the location of early meetings of the United Nations from 1946-50, making it ideally suited to host Visible’s Temporary Parliament.

Nida Sinnokrot, Sakiya – Art/Science/Agriculture. Image Courtesy the Artist

Projects up for consideration for the 2017 Visible Award include:

  • The School of Engaged Art by Chto Delat (Saint Petersburg, Russia), proposed by Martina Angelotti
  • Brigada Puerta de Tierra by Jesús ‘Bubu’ Negrón and Luis Agosto-Leduc (San Juan, Puerto Rico), proposed by Julia Morandeira
  • Hunger, Inc. by Elia Nurvista (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), proposed by Tang Fu Kuen
  • Sakiya – Art/Science/Agriculture by Nida Sinnokrot (Ramallah, Palestine), proposed by Nat Muller
  • The Reading Room by Narawan Kyo Pathomvat (Bangkok, Thailand), proposed by Simon Soon and Tang Fu Kuen
  • Inhabitants by Pedro Neves Marques and Mariana Silva (New York, USA), proposed by Margarida Mendes
  • Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise by Renzo Martens (Former Unilever Palm Oil Plantation, Lusanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo), proposed by Victoria Ivanova
  • Social Botany, Land and Turf by Xu Tan, (New York, US; Shenzhen, China), proposed by Xiaoyu Weng
  • IsumaTV by Zacharias Kunuk (Igloolik Hamlet, North Baffin Island, Canadian Arctic Archipelago), proposed by Candice Hopkins.

Renzo Martens, Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise. Image Courtesy the Artist

Watch videos of the finalists here.

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