domenica 29 giugno 2014

Helen Sear per il Galles

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Arts Council of Wales è lieta di annunciare che Helen Sear è stato selezionato per rappresentare il Padiglione del Galles a Venezia alla 56a Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte, la Biennale di Venezia in esecuzione dal 9 maggio al 22 novembre 2015. Curata da Ffotogallery questa sarà la prima volta per il Galles nel presentare una mostra personale di un'artista femminile.

Conosciuta come una delle più significative artiste contemporanee del Galles, la pratica di Helen Sear può essere caratterizzata dalla sua esplorazione del crossover tra fotografia e arte, la sua attenzione sulla co-esistenza umana, animale e mondo naturale.

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Press release:

Arts Council of Wales is delighted to announce that Helen Sear has been selected to representCymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice at the 56th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale running from 9 May to 22 November 2015. Curated by Ffotogallery this will be the first time for Wales to present a solo exhibition by a female artist.

Known as one of Wales’ most significant contemporary artists, Helen Sear’s practice can be characterised by her exploration of the crossover between photography and fine art, her focus on the co-existence of the human, animal, and natural worlds.

With an exemplary track record for producing high quality, conceptually rigorous work, Helen Sear’s current work shows particular maturity and sophistication, seamlessly moving between expanded notions of photography, sculpture and video, with the artist exhibiting great command of different materials and production processes. These developments, coinciding with renewed interest in and critical acclaim for the artist’s work and profile internationally as well as in Wales, make this the perfect moment for Helen Sear to represent Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice.
Helen Sear’s photographic practice has developed from a fine art background in performance, film and installation work in the 1980s and she continues to explore ideas of vision, touch and the representation of the nature of experience, combining drawing, lens-based media and digital technologies. Her work challenges accepted notions of photography as a documentary and creative medium.

Wales’ first ever female solo exhibition in Venice is led by Ffotogallery; the national development agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales, who will be working with Stuart Cameron, curator of Helen Sear’s first major exhibition at Chapter, Cardiff and longstanding supporter of her work. He has worked with a number of major artists, within Wales and internationally, to develop new work, most recently The Art Party Conference 2013.

Louise Wright, Commissioner for Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice and Portfolio Manager for Visual Arts at the Arts Council of Wales said:
"We are very excited to be working with Helen Sear and Ffotogallery. Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice 2015 is a significant opportunity to develop and present new work at the world’s most prestigious international event for the Visual Arts."
Helen Sear said: "Having lived and worked in Wales since 1984, the opportunity to be part of Wales in Venice has been an ambition of mine for several years. The photographic image in art practice has never been so diverse or contested, and, with the acceleration of new digital technologies, the material presence of the image is now more than ever at stake."

David Drake, Director Ffotogallery said: "We are delighted with the news, for Ffotogallery has championed Helen Sear’s work over a number of years and witnessed many exciting developments in her practice. For Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice 2015 the artist will be creating a beguiling new body of work which is both rooted in the local and familiar landscapes of Wales, and also responding to the wider context of the Venice Biennale."
Wales’s presence at Venice has been a vital part of the artistic calendar ever since the country first burst onto the International Biennale’s scene in 2003 with the exhibition, Further. Since then the Biennale has provided a superb platform for visual art from Wales, strengthening its international profile and reflecting back into Wales through exhibition tours and related initiatives such as the Invigilator Plus programme, educational resources and talks.

domenica 8 giugno 2014

Terra Nova Art Foundation - Bando Newfoundland and Labrador in Venice

Fotografia Wilkins e Will Gill all'ingresso della Galleria Ca ' Rezzonico a Venezia nel Giugno 2013 durante la presentazione di Newfoundland and Labrador alla Biennale di Venezia . Foto: . Roberto Echer

Un invito a presentare proposte è stato ora rilasciato per il 2015 ecco il testo dal sito

Bando di partecipazione della Terra Nova Art Foundation - Bando Newfoundland and Labrador in Venice

The Terra Nova Art Foundation is beginning preparations for participation in the 56th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, in 2015. This is an important project that helps to build Newfoundland and Labrador’s profile and reputation as an international centre for the visual arts. For the artist/s selected Venice provides a significant opportunity for the development and presentation of new work.

The Foundation is now seeking proposals from established individual artists and/or artist collectives to deliver an ambitious and innovative project that will run during the Biennale in 2015, at the Galleria Ca’Rezzonico. Applicants do not need to be based in the province, but have to demonstrate a strong connection to the Newfoundland and Labrador arts community and the infrastructure that supports it.

In preparing for Venice 2015, TNAF is keen to build on the experiences of previous projects while exploring fresh perspectives and new approaches. The selected artist(s) will be responsible for:

·         working collaboratively with the appointed TNAF project team and curator to realise the physical exhibition
·         collaborating closely with the project team and curator at TNAF to produce or source all exhibition content, written material for exhibition panels, and any other exhibition texts
·        working within the agreed exhibition budget

The Foundation expects the selected project to deliver:

·         A significant opportunity for the selected artist/s to produce ambitious and original work, taking into account the particular challenges and opportunities of Venice and the wider context of the Biennale
·         High impact and visibility within an extremely busy and ever expanding Biennale and a good level of attendances that build on Venice presentations
·         Strong critical and professional responses from within Newfoundland, the rest of Canada and internationally
·         High public and media profile, particularly within Canada but also internationally
·         Audience development opportunities within Newfoundland that take a number of forms during the period of          the Biennale and beyond, including educational lectures, professional development workshops, and the possibility of the exhibition touring to additional venues after the presentation in Venice

There is a projected budget of approximately $160,000 for this project overall. The budget will cover all of the project costs including fees to the artist/s and curatorial partners (where applicable), venue and production costs, Biennale registration, and external press/ PR support. All proposals need to demonstrate they are achievable within these resources.
As the project is dependent upon sufficient funds being raised, the artist(s) should be aware that the project will be cancelled if this does not occur. Artists should also note that they will be asked to submit works for fundraising initiatives, which may take place through a St. John’s commercial gallery.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Selections Committee, and may result in combinations of artists that are not proposed originally.
We appreciate that proposals may be speculative in their nature, or are at an early stage. The same will be true of any new artist partnerships/collaborations. We would therefore be grateful if you could let us know how developed your project idea is when you make your submission.

Submission Requirements

Each application should comprise the following:

·         An outline of the proposal no longer than 1000 words
·         A timeline for the project
·         CV of the applicant
·         Up to 10 images (jpegs preferred)
·         Any relevant press documentation
·         Video files should be in MP4 format, max. 2 minutes and sent via WeTransfer

Applications should be submitted electronically by email, and all documents should be in PDF format. The email submission, including all attached documents, should be a maximum of 5MB.

Proposals should be submitted to by 5pm on July 7th 2014 (Newfoundland Standard Time)

The decision of the selection committee will be announced on August 28th 2014

To download call for proposal as a pdf, right click here and select "Save As"

Chiharu Shiota per il Padiglione Giappone alla 56a Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte, Biennale di Venezia nel 2015

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Pochi giorni fa è stato annunciato l’artista che rappresenterà alla prossima Biennale il Giappone, sarà Chiharu Shiota, con una mostra dal titolo "The Key in the Hand," (Chiavi in mano) curatore Hitoshi Nakano, curatore al Kanagawa Arts Foundation.

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The Japan Foundation is delighted to announce artist Chiharu Shiota's representation of Japan at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, to be held from May 9 to November 22, 2015, and will present the exhibition entitled "The Key in the Hand," curated by Hitoshi Nakano, Curator of the Kanagawa Arts Foundation.

Message from the Artist
I have been selected to show my work in the Japan Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in Italy in 2015. It is a great honor for me to be given the opportunity to participate in the world's oldest exhibition along with the curator Hitoshi Nakano, who organized a solo exhibition of my work in Kanagawa in 2007. Using the second-floor gallery and the pilotis on the first floor of the pavilion, I will present a new installation titled "The Key in the Hand," consisting of two boats, red yarn, and a huge number of keys.

Keys are familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives. They also inspire us to open the door to unknown worlds. With these thoughts in mind, in this new installation I would like to use keys provided by the general public that are imbued with various recollections and memories that have accumulated over a long period of daily use. As I create the work in the space, the memories of everyone who provides me with their keys will overlap with my own memories for the first time. These overlapping memories will in turn combine with those of the people from all over the world who come to see the biennale, giving them a chance to communicate in a new way and better understand each other's feelings.

I would be extremely grateful if you would consider giving me a key that you no longer need so that I can use it as part of this work. Then I hope that everyone will be inspired by the work, containing an accumulation of memories from all over the world, to reconsider what it means to be alive.

Chiharu Shiota

About Submitting Keys for Use

How to submit:  Submission deadline: All keys must be received by October 31, 2014.

* All keys must be no longer used for its intended purpose and will be provided gratis.
* Shipping costs will be borne by key providers.
* The names of key providers will not appear in the work.
* All keys need to be submitted by post or delivery service. (Please do not bring them directly.)
* All keys will not be returned after the exhibition has concluded.
* A receipt will not be issued for submission.

Shipping address:  [Japan]  Chiharu Shiota "Keys" Collecting Team Europe, Middle East and Africa Section, Arts and Culture Dept. The Japan Foundation
4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004

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The Japan Foundation
Europe, Middle East and Africa Section, Arts and Culture Dept.
Person in charge: Ohira (Mr.), Oyamada (Ms.)
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6063
Fax: +81-(0)3-5369-6038
Email: venezia?
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