Award 2013

The winner of the 2013 Visible Award is The Silent University, an autonomous knowledge exchange platform by and for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. It is led by a group of lecturers, consultants and research fellows. Each group contributes to the programme in different ways, which include course development, specific research on key themes as well as personal reflections on what it means to be a refugee and asylum seeker. This platform will be presented using the format of an academic program. To know more about the project go here.

Ahmet Ögüt and some of the London Silent University members receives the 2013 Visible Award at the Oxford University

On occasion of its second edition, the Visible Award evolves it project and seeks an innovative approach that passes through a more transparent methodology around its jury session which takes form during a public event at the museum. The jury session is not only a confrontation between experts, in order to select an exemplary socially engaged art project, but rather a moment for sharing knowledge and collective learning, that in the process of assessing the winning project will hopefully create an opportunity to put at work the vast network of professionals existing around the Visible project.

On 14 December the prestigious, interdisciplinary jury, chaired by Charles Esche, gather together in order to assess the merits of the 10 shortlisted projects and select the winner of the 2013 Visible Award. Next to the five invited jury members, the audience of the event represents the sixth member of the jury and will be able to put in a public vote.

The invited members of the jury are: Tania Bruguera (artist, New York), Jeanne Van Heeswijk (artist, Rotterdam), Koyo Kouho (curator, artistic Director of Raw Material Company, Dakar), Nikos Papastergiadis (contemporary social-cultural studies professor, Sydney), and Michelangelo Pistoletto (artist, artistic director of Cittadellarte, Biella). 

The ten assessed projects have been shortlisted among a list of 34 art projects nominated by the 2013 Visible advisory board and 48 projects received, for the first time, through an open call.

Sammy Baloji, Kumbuka (Congo); 
Beta Local, From-Tool-to-Tool! (Puerto Rico); 
Mabe Bethonico, Museum of Public Concerns (Brazil); 
Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, One Dollar (Cambodia); 
Beatrice Catanzaro, Bait Al Karama, (Palestina); 
Fernando García-Dory, Paese Nuovo / New Country – Borgate (Italy); 
Inkanyiso (Zanele Muholi), Oui Twenty/20 (South Africa); 
Ahmet Ögüt, The Silent University (Turkey); 
The Propeller Group, Christ the King of Bling (Vietnam); 
Ruangrupa, The Gerobak Bioskop  (Cinema Cart) Network (Indonesia).