Award 2017, New York
The Visible Award concluded its fourth biennial Temporary Parliament at the Queens Museum on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The public jury session comprised artists, experts, and members of the general public from a multitude of backgrounds. After a day of deliberating the nine shortlisted art projects the parliament selected via an open vote the grassroots artist collective from Puerto Rico Brigada Puerta de Tierra as the recipient of the 2017 Visible award
“The assembly appreciated such a strong mix of artistic visions and urban strategies operating in a beautiful, intergenerational way. The skills developed within a project of civic self-organization have been assessed as an incredible and exemplary force to resist and fight urban gentrification and the exploitation of local resources. The powerful and yet simple campaign ‘Aqui vive gente!’ shows the potential of a community when it becomes a political constituency and strive against new and old colonizing subjects,”
Matteo Lucchetti and Judith Wielander, Visible project chief-curators.
The other nine projects which have been shortlisted from a list of 60, nominated by the 2017 Visible advisory board are: The School of Engaged Art by Chto Delat (Saint Petersburg, Russia), proposed by Martina Angelotti; Hunger, Inc. by Elia Nurvista (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), proposed by Tang Fu Kuen; Sakiya – Art/Science/Agriculture by Nida Sinnokrot (Ramallah, Palestine), proposed by Nat Muller; The Reading Room by Narawan Kyo Pathomvat (Bangkok, Thailand), proposed by Simon Soon and Tang Fu Kuen; Inhabitants by Pedro Neves Marques and Mariana Silva (New York, USA), proposed by Margarida Mendes; Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise by Renzo Martens (Former Unilever Palm Oil Plantation, Lusanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo), proposed by Victoria Ivanova; Social Botany, Land and Turf by Xu Tan, (New York, US; Shenzhen, China), proposed by Xiaoyu Weng; IsumaTV by Zacharias Kunuk (Igloolik Hamlet, North Baffin Island, Canadian Arctic Archipelago), proposed by Candice Hopkins.
The Queens Museum has a long-standing commitment to socially engaged art, and it’s New York City Building was the location of early meetings of the United Nations from 1946-50, making it ideally suited to host Visible’s Temporary Parliament. This history was influential in determining the Queens Museum as a partner and will impact the design of the physical space of the Parliament which is being led by London based design studio The Decorators.
To know more about the 2017 Visible award recipient, Brigada Puerta de Tierra, read here.
To know more about the 2017 Visible Award Temporary parliament, Please download the 2017 Temporary parliament booklet.