Ecco il bando per il Padiglione di Cipro
Participation of Cyprus in the 56th International Art Exhibition
(9th May – 22 November 2015)
The next Venice Biennial of Visual Arts will take place between 9th May and 22 November 2015 (preview 6-8 May). The Board of the Biennale di Venezia has appointed Okwui Enwezor as Director of the Visual Arts Sector, with specific responsibility for curating the 56th International Art Exhibition. Born in Nigeria in 1963, Okwui Enwezor is a curator, art critic, editor and writer, with a wide-ranging practice which spans the world of international exhibitions, museums, academia, and publishing. Enwezor has investigated, in particular, the complex phenomenon of globalization in relation to local roots, and is a key figure in postcolonial art theory and criticism.
For this next edition of the Biennial, Cyprus returns to Palazzo Malipiero to present an exhibition
curated by Omar Kholeif. The curatorial selection process was entrusted to the Advisory Committee for the Selection of Artists and Works of the Ministry, comprising a number of independent art
professionals in Cyprus.
Omar Kholeif (Egypt/UK) is a writer, curator and editor whose work has tended to focus on issues of
narrative, territory and satire in an increasingly globalized context. He is currently Curator at the
Whitechapel Gallery, London, where he works on an integrated programme of exhibitions, publications and international projects. Upcoming programmes at the Whitechapel Gallery include major monographic exhibitions of the artists Christopher Williams and Emily Jacir as well as a series of projects with Fiona Banner, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and James Richards. Alongside this, he oversees the Gallery’s Artists’ Film International programme and is curating a historical overview of Arab art from the modern to the contemporary period, among other historic survey and monographic shows.
Kholeif is also Senior Visiting Curator at Cornerhouse and HOME, Manchester, a new 26 million pound art centre opening in 2015, where he has co-curated the inaugural programme, showcasing major new works from the likes of Sophia Al-Maria, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Basim Magdy, and James Richards among others. He is also Senior Editor of Ibraaz Publishing, an initiative of the Kamel Lazaar Foundation; it is the leading critical forum for visual culture on North Africa and the Middle East. Previously, Kholeif was Curator at FACT, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool, where he curated major projects and exhibitions by Akram Zaatari, Pedro Reyes and Anja Kirschner and David