The winner of the 2015 Visible Award is The Karrabing Film Collective, a grassroots Indigenous based media group. Filmmaking provides a means of self-organization and social analysis for the Karrabing. Screenings and publications allow the Karrabing to develop a local artistic languages and forms and allow audiences to understand new forms of collective Indigenous agency. Their medium is a form of survivance—a refusal to relinquish their country and a means of investigating contemporary social conditions of inequality. The films represent their lives, create bonds with their land, and intervene in global images of Indigeneity. To know more about the project go here.
The Visible Award at its 3rd edition is for the first time decided through an open jury consultation in the form of a temporary parliament. A public jury format was trialed for the 2013 Award at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, and has been further developed to seek public engagement with the assessment of existing artistic projects that are operating at the crossroads of art and other fields of society.
The jury session takes place in the Grand Council Chamber of Liverpool Town Hall, and brings together artists, experts, and users of socially engaged artistic practices in a one-day conversation that will try to merge the procedures and criteria of an evaluation process with the discursive elements that characterise panel discussions on the relationship between arts and society. The event, free and open to the public, focus on assessing the merits of the shortlisted artistic projects (all currently operational) and on the selection of the winner of the 2015 Visible Award, through an open vote.
The 2015 Visible Award has been developed in collaboration with Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern, and is chaired by Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director, Tate Liverpool, who coordinates the debate, together with Andrea Phillips in the role of advocate for the projects, between a group of experts operating in different fields of culture, brought together to assess the merits of the artistic projects and lead the selection of the winner of the 2015 Visible Award. Among the invited experts: John Byrne, Beatrice Catanzaro, Anna Colin, Ekaterina Degot, Christine Eyene, Janna Graham, Magdalena Malm, Emily Pethick, Laura Raicovich, Marinella Senatore, Nato Thompson, and others.
The projects that are publicly debated by the jury have been shortlisted from a long list of 67 projects, selected from a list of 58 art projects nominated by the 2015 Visible advisory board and 98 projects received through open call. The nine shortlisted projects are: Abounaddara by Abounaddara Collective (Syria), Conflict Kitchen by Dawn Weleski and Jon Rubin (USA), Cinema Everywhere by Waguih El laqany (Egypt), Ecoart Uganda by Ruganzu Bruno Tusingwire (Uganda), Movimento Editorial by Cráter Invertido (Mexico), New World Summit by Jonas Staal (The Netherlands), Saltby Karrabing Film Collective (Australia), Mujawara / The Tree School by Campus in Camps and Contrafilé (Palestine-Brazil), White Paper: The Law / Convention On the Use of Space by Adelita Husni Bey (The Netherlands). Watch the video presentations of the nine projects here.
From Monday, October 26, for the week leading up to the public jury session, Tate Liverpool hosted a free temporary exhibition of these nine shortlisted projects, each represented by a video in the museum’s public foyer.
The jury session—live streamed on October 31 at the Visible website and to audiences in Tate Liverpool’s foyer and open to interaction through social media—is not simply a dialogue between experts, in order to select an exemplary socially engaged art project, but also a moment for sharing knowledge and collective learning. In the process of assessing the winning project, the jury will also offer an opportunity to deepen the debate around artistic engagement in the public domain.
Projects shortlisted for the 2015 Visible Award have been publicly announced on August 11, 2015, during the evening event, The Night Art Made the Future Visible, part of the Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum, within the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale: All the World’s Futures. The winning project will be awarded in New York City on November 13, 2015, on the occasion of the second installment of The Night Art Made the Future Visible at the Creative Time Summit in New York.