2011 Visible Award

These are projects that share an awareness of artistic production as an active element and agency in contemporary society, and with critical and future oriented aspirations. Projects with artistic approaches that, in a radical and proactive way, reconsider different models of economic development and the allocation of resources, access to information, and ecological and environmental needs, as well as experimenting with participatory and democratic political models. These processes create areas for reflection and mobilization, acting as a field of action within the public domain, in favor of a reading of participation that considers the social body as a potential power for bringing about responsible change.

The recipient of the 2011 Visible Award is 8 Festival de Performance de Cali by Helena Helena Producciones

The advisory board

Planning for the first visible award began in the early months of 2011, when the curators assembled an advisory board for the award. The board is composed by 17 international curators, including:
16 beaver group (Rene Gabri and Ayreen Anastas), Anna Colin, Alfredo Cramerotti, Hu Fang, Luigi Fassi, Emiliano Gandolfi, Julieta Gonzales, Heejin Kim, Anders Kreuger, Raimundas Malasauskas, Gabi Ncgobo, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Sarah Rifky, Simon Sheikh, Gregory Sholette, Sandra Terdjman, and WHW.

The jury

The jury for the visible award 2011, comprising of: Ute Meta Bauer, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Okwui Enwezor, Michelangelo Pistoletto for Cittadellarte – Pistoletto Foundation and Andrea Zegna for Fondazione Zegna, has assessed the winning project from a long list of 15 proposals. The long list was selected by the curators of the award from the 27 projects submitted from 27 of the 32 invited artists. They jury appreciated the multitudinous artistic engagements, being always in favor of purposeful analytic views on society. Most of them showing an understanding of the element of participation, in all its multitudinous meanings, as a potential to create new perspectives and areas for reflection and mobilization in the public realm.
After an intense and long debate around the proposals the jurors selected a shortlist that includes the following project proposals:

Helena Producciones, 8th Festival de la Performance di Cali
Nástio Mosquito, Santa Claus is Going to Become an Immigrant
Marinella Senatore, Jammin’ Drama Project
Yangjiang Group, Progressing from Invisible to Unnoticed

Focusing and debating on the shortlist, the jurors awarded the prize to the project by Helena Producciones, with the following motivation:

The realization of a festival, in the specific context of Cali, in Colombia,
conceived and run by artists, is a project built on a strong and precise transformative potential, which bases its action on an articulated relationship with the civic society of a local community.
The activities will foster a sustainable relationship between international artistic practices, local needs and public demands, in that spirit of collective production of knowledge that the format of the festival can facilitate.
The festival of performance is read as a long-term laboratory to experiment
a diversity of models of civic imagination, where art is able to empower
everyday life.

The winning project of the 2011 visible award
was presented on the 11th of January 2012
at the Serpentine Gallery, in London.

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