Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Playgrounds&Toys at Artgenève2016

Installation view, ART for the World's booth at Artgenève2016

Playgrounds&Toys - an ongoing project, 2000-
Art Genève, 2016
Booth D11
28 -31 January, 2016, open daily 12-8pm

Artists exhibited:
Omar Ba
Fabiana de Barros 
Sergio Augusto Gio
Fabrice Gygi
Los Carpinteros
Tony Morgan
Liliana Moro

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

AQUIÀFRICA - 19 November 2015 – 28 February, 2016 | SESC Belenzhino, São Paulo



AQUIÀFRICA
ICI L’AFRIQUE

Contemporary Africa Through the Eyes of its Artists

“In the week of the Brazilian National Black Consciousness Day (celebrated on November 20th), Sesc will launch the exhibition “AquiAfrica” [“HereAfrica”] at its Belenzinho branch, São Paulo. An ART for the World project curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg – a curator awarded the Golden Lion in May, 2015, at the 56th Venice Biennale for her work with the National Pavilion of the Republic of Armenia –, this exhibition will show Africa to the Brazilian public through the eyes of 13 contemporary artists from different generations and 11 Sub-Saharan countries – also known as Black Africa – from November 19th, 2015 to February 28th, 2016.

Paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, videos, and an installation especially selected for the exhibition will address key matters for the African people, such as immigration problems, xenophobia, rampant consumerism, cultural traditions, and systems of power ruling the continent.

Participating artists

Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou Benin
Omar Ba Senegal
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré Costa do Marfim
Edson Chagas Angola
Kudzanai Chiurai Zimbabue
Romuald Hazoumè Benin
Samuel Kané Kwei Gana
Rigobert Nimi Democrática do Congo
J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere Nigéria
Idrissa Ouédraogo Burkina Faso
Chéri Samba Congo
Abderrahmane Sissako Mauritânia
Barthélémy Toguo Camarões

and

7 artists of the  Volatile Viewing of Videos, Benin by Kulturforum Sud-Nord, Cotonou-Hamburg

Curator

Adelina von Fürstenberg is a renowned international curator who has been credited with broadening contemporary art. She was one of the first curators to show active interest in non-European artists and established a signature multicultural approach in art. With her unique vision on contemporary exhibitions, she has placed art in spaces such as monasteries, medersas, large public buildings, squares, islands, parks, etc. Her works strives to provide a larger context for visual art by making it a more vigorous part of our lives, creating a more vivid dialogue between art forms, and relating it to global social issues.

Adelina is the Founder and the first Director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain of Geneva. Her work as Director of Le Magasin at the Centre National d’Art Contemporain of Grenoble and of its School of Curators was internationally recognized with an award at the  Biennale of Venice (1993). She has organized numerous large-scale exhibitions around the world including Dialogues of Peace to mark the United Nations’s 50th anniversary (1995)  and appointed by UNHCR and the European Commission to produce Stories on Human Rights, 22 short fiction films for the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (2008). She is the founder and director of AFTW and currently the Chief Curator of the 4th Biennale of Thessaloniki (2013)



For more information on the project see: http://www.hereafrica.net

Monday, 2 February 2015

Republic of Armenia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale



Courtesy of the Mekhitarist Monastery of the Island of San Lazzaro, Venice.

Armenity/Hayoutioun

The National Pavilion of the Republic of Armenia  

Opening: May 6, 2015, 7 – 9 pm

The Island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni
 Venice 



Contemporary artists from the Armenian Diaspora 
Haig Aivazian, Lebanon; Nigol Bezjian, Syria/USA; Anna Boghiguian Egypt/Canada; Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Turkey; Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Argentina/Germany; Rene Gabri & Ayreen Anastas, Iran/Palestine/USA; Mekhitar Garabedian, Belgium; Aikaterini Gegisian, Greece; Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi, Italy; Aram Jibilian, USA; Nina Katchadourian, USA/Finland;Melik Ohanian, France; Mikayel Ohanjanyan, Armenia/Italy; Rosana Palazyan, Brasil; Sarkis,Turkey/France; Hrair Sarkissian, Syria/UK
Curated by Adelina Cüberyan v. Fürstenberg*
Opening May 6, 2015, from 7 to 9pm Special shuttle service ACTV vaporetto from the Giardini to the Island of San Lazzaro. ACTV vaporetto Number 20 from San Marco Zaccaria to San Lazzaro
In this symbolic year 2015, on the occasion of the 100th commemoration of the Armenian Genocidethe Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia has dedicated its pavilion to the artists of the Armenian diaspora. It will be located at the Mekhitarist Monastery on the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni
The curatorial concept of armenity** implies the notion 
of displacement and territoryjustice andreconciliationethos and resilience. Regardless of their place of birth, the selected artists carry within their identity the memory of their origins. Through their talent and willpower, these grandchildren of survivors of the Armenian Genocide—the first genocide of the 20th century—rebuilt a “transnational assembly” from the remnants of a shattered identity. Their ingrained concern for memory, justice andreconciliation skillfully transcends notions of territoryborders and geography. Whether they were born in Beirut, Lyon, Los Angeles, or Cairo and wherever they may reside, these global citizens constantly question and reinvent their armenity.
Armenity is being held in a setting of special significance for the Armenian diaspora. It was on theIsland of San Lazzaro, located between San Marco and the Lido and facing the Giardini of the Biennale, that in 1717 the Armenian monk Mekhitar established the Mekhitarist Order. It was here that in the early 19th century Lord Byron studied the Armenian language. Many important works of European literature and religious texts were first translated into Armenian on this scenic island. Over its 300-year history the Monastery of San Lazzaro with its gardens, former print shop, cloisters, museum and library, has helped to preserve Armenia’s unique cultural heritage, much of which might otherwise have been lost. 
An accompanying catalogue published by Skira, Milan will contain colour reproductions and texts in English and Armenian. An introduction, forewords and curatorial texts will be followed by four pages dedicated to each of the 16 artists: one page of text by each artist and essays by international art critics and writers such as Ruben Arevshatyan, Cecile Bourne, Ginevra Bria, Adam Budak, David Kazanjian, Berthold ReissGabi ScardiHrag Vartanian and three pages with images and drawings of the works. The third part of the catalogue will contain essays by New York-based art historian and independent curator Neery Melkonian and London-based art writer and Ibraaz editor Stephanie Bailey. The catalogue will end with the Armenian translations of the texts.
Press contact: 
Lucia Crespi, Milan
T +39 02 89415532 / T +39 02 89401645 / T +39 338 8090545 /
The Lyon-based Bullukian Foundation is proud to be a partner of Armenity. 
*Adelina Cüberyan von Fürstenberg is a renowned international curator. A pioneer in the field, she is known for broadening contemporary art to include a multicultural approach. Founder and first Director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève, she directed as well the MAGASIN–Centre National d’Art Contemporain in Grenoble. In 1996 she founded ART for The World, a unique NGO working with contemporary art, independent cinema and human rights.
**Armenity derives from the French word Arménité, a notion which expresses the particular characteristics of the grandchildren of Armenian Genocide survivors. These include a state of constant flux, a diversity of self-definition, and a modern and often subjective sense of being-in-the-world.

The National Pavilion of the Republic of Armenia at the 2015 Venice Biennale


Thursday, 18 December 2014

ART for The World's Season Greetings

ART for The World's offices are closed 

from December 20, 2014 until January 5, 2015.
We wish you nice holidays!