Award 2019
Temporary Parliament

November 16: the Visible Award 2019 at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris. 

On November 16th, 2019 the Public Jury of the fifth edition of the Visible Award, by Cittadellarte–Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna in partnership, in collaboration with Lafayette Anticipations, will take place at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris, gathering over 100 people in a debate around the ten shortlisted projects. The jury will occupy for a day—once again and since 2013—the conceptual and physical space of an actual parliament, allowing the contents and the methodologies addressed in the projects to breath new life in the democratic format of the parliament while highlighting the social transformation potential of such projects.

Salle du Conseil de Paris. Visite de l’Hotel de Ville.

The public’s engagement in the assessment and voting on the art projects transformed the Visible Award into an occasion for collective learning and the expansion of the discourse instigated by and around the projects. The jury session is not merely a dialogue between experts, to select an exemplary socially engaged art project, but also a moment to reframe the narratives through which we speak about art and its role in processes for social transformation. While assessing the criteria through which we collectively decided the recipient of the 25.000 euros award, the temporary parliament offers an opportunity to deepen the debate around artistic engagement in the public domain. 

This temporary parliament is composed of artists, curators, experts, civil society organizers, activists, members of the general public from a multitude of backgrounds, and most importantly a large group of students from visual arts and curatorial studies courses across Europe. For this edition, we decided to invite a selection of students to be part of the parliament and involve them in the debate where they will actively engage.  A particular role is performed by the CuratorLab students from Konstfack in Stockholm, that will act as advocates for the ten shortlisted projects, after having spent several months preparing for the occasion.  

The ten shortlisted projects, selected on November 16th 2018, by 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, are:

Richard Bell, Embassy (Melbourne); Cooking Sections, Climavore: On Tidal Zones (Isle of Skye); Luke Ching Chin Wai, Undercover Worker (Hong Kong); Forensic Architecture, Killing in Umm al-Hiran (London); Daniel Godínez-Nivón, Tequiografías (Mexico City); Morten Goll and Tone Olaf, Trampoline House (Copenhagen); Emily Jacir, Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research (Bethlehem); Marisa Morán Jahn, CareForce (various cities in the USA); Otobong Nkanga, Carved to Flow (Athens, Uyo); Jasmeen Patheja, Blank Noise (Bangalore).


In 2019, the Visible Award returns to Europe, after the collaborations with the Queens Museum in New York in 2017. The previous editions have been developed in collaborations with Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (2015); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2013); and Serpentine Galleries, London (2011).