The recipient of the 2019 Visible Award is Blank Noise, a community of ‘Action Sheroes, Theyroes and Heroes’, individuals and citizens united to eradicate gender-based and sexual violence. Initiated in 2003, Blank Noise ignites the idea that every person has the ability and potential to eradicate sexual and gender-based violence. Blank Noise interventions are designed to shift the fear-based relationship women have been taught to have with their cities. The collective creates a safe space for survivors to be heard. All of the Blank Noise is built on the lived experiences and insights of its community.
To know more about the project go here.
In 2019, the Visible Award returned to Europe to partner with Lafayette Anticipations in Paris. Besides the temporary parliament, the year-long collaboration with Lafayette Anticipations has been made up of two residencies with shortlisted projects from 2017, accompanied by a range of public events.
On Saturday 16 November 2019 the Public Jury of the fifth edition of the Visible Award has taken place at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris, gathering over 200 people in a debate around the 10 shortlisted projects. For one day, the jury is occupied the conceptual and physical space of an actual parliament, allowing the contents and methodologies addressed in the projects to breath new life into the democratic format of the parliament while highlighting the social transformation potential of these projects. The event was also live-streamed on our website and has been followed by 5 Visible Satellites Sites, structured as remote, independently organized centers for engagement with the Visible Award.
“The Visible Temporary Parliament appreciated that the artistic project Blank Noise by Jasmeen Patheja has managed in its twelve years of existence to become a movement, rethinking the role of the artist horizontally and transforming the project participants into co-authors. Looking to 2023, the Blank Noise movement aims at a public art installation at India Gate in New Delhi, where ten thousand garments of victims of violence will form, in the words of the artist, a living museum through which to share the experience of violence collectively and create new alliance between social partners for a different future”, say the curators of the Visible project, Judith Wielander and Matteo Lucchetti.
In the lead to temporary Parliament and in line with the Visible ethos, Visible and Lafayette anticipations have also engaged with another key partner, the parliamentary television channel LCP. Every day for the last ten days, one of the ten shortlisted projects was presented through a one and a half minute broadcast ending with an invitation to get involved with today’s debates.
Exactly one year before the Visible Temporary Parliament, November, 16, 2018, the Visible Selection committee – composed by Charles Esche, Director, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Gabi Ngcobo, X Berlin Biennial Curator; and Xiaoyu Weng, Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; François Quintin, Director, and Anna Colin, Associate Curator, Lafayette Anticipations; alongside with the Visible project curators Judith Wielander and Matteo Lucchetti; Paolo Naldini, Director, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto; and Andrea Zegna, council member of The Fondazione Zegna, announced the 2019 shortlisted projects to the public. The announcement of the shortlist at Lafayette Anticipations was followed by a public discussion around the development of the 2019 Visible Award temporary parliament
The shortlisting phase followed a process started in June 2018, whereby 34 curators were invited to nominate up to 3 projects each. The curatorial advisory board, who finally nominated the long list of 67 projects, was made of esteemed colleagues – both affiliated with institutions and working independently in emerging or established scenes – who, for some, have previously collaborated with Visible. What connects them is a commitment to researching, supporting and offering discursive and productive platforms for innovative projects that are actively engaged within the social sphere.