The recipient of the 2011 Visible Award is the 8 Festival de Performance de Cali, an event organized in the city of Cali (Colombia) since 1998 by the artist collective Helena Producciones. It was born as a critical alternative to participation and research in the local context. To know more about the project go here.
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 award recipient 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. The 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.
Focusing and debating on the shortlist, the jurors awarded the prize to the 8 Festival de Performance de Cali 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 civil 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 with a diversity of models of civic imagination, where art is able to empower everyday life.
The recipient of the 2011 Visible award was presented on the 11th of January 2012 at the Serpentine Gallery, in London.