Since 2010, Visible researches, produces and connects long-term socially engaged art projects, working with artists dealing with the urgencies of our times such as the climate crisis, social justice, indigenous rights, gender and queer-based violence. Visible is a project by Cittadellarte–Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna in partnership.


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The Visible Award was the first international production award devoted to artwork in the social sphere. It aimed to produce and sustain socially engaged artistic practices in a global context. Recipients were decided through a public jury in the form of a temporary parliament, developed in collaboration with prestigious art institutions such as Serpentine Gallery, Tate Liverpool and Queens Museum.


Visible: When Art Leaves Its Own Field and Becomes Visible as Part of Something Else
The publishing project took shape between the spring of 2009 and 2010
Nine curators were involved in researching for the book, which is edited by Angelika Burtscher and Judith Wielander and published by Sternberg Press, Berlin.


Visible Award 2011, in partnership with Serpentine Gallery
Visible launches the first European production award (25,000 €) for socially engaged long-term artistic projects in collaboration with prestigious art institutions.
The jury for the Visible Award 2011 comprised of Ute Meta Bauer, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Okwui Enwezor, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Andrea Zegna.


Visible Award, The jury as a public event, Van Abbemuseum
Through the collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum, Visible tests its first public jury, where the shortlisted projects are debated publicly and the recipient voted democratically.
The first Visible Temporary Parliament. The jury was composed by Tania Bruguera, Jeanne Van Heeswijk, Koyo Kouho, Nikos Papastergiadis, Michelangelo Pistoletto and chaired by Charles Esche.


Temporary Parliament in partnership with Tate Liverpool
In collaboration with Tate Liverpool, the Visible Award takes the format of the Temporary Parliament to decide the recipient. Occupying for one day an existing parliament, Visible assembles artists, curators and activists around a moment of a collective moment of learning.
The 2015 Visible Award has been developed in collaboration with Chris Dercon, Francesco Manacorda and Andrea Phillips. The jury session toke place in the Grand Council Chamber of Liverpool Town Hall.


Visible Award in partnership with the Queens Museum, NYC
The public jury session around the ten shortlisted projects was introduced by Michelangelo Pistoletto, and chaired by Laura Raicovich and Elvira Dyangani Ose.


Visible Award in partnership with Lafayette Anticipations
The fifth and last Visible Award took place at the iconic Salle du Conseil of the Hotel de Ville of Paris.
The selection committee comprised Charles Esche, Gabi Ngcobo, Xiaoyu Weng, François Quintin, Anna Colin, Paolo Naldini, and Andrea Zegna. Visible collaborated, on this occasion, with the French national parliamentary television channel LCP.


Collectively Annotated Bibliography commissioned by Public Art Agency Sweden
Visible is commissioned by the Public Art Agency of Sweden to prepare an annotated bibliography on artistic practices in the expanded field of public art.
200 books suggested by Miguel A. López, LU Pey-Yi, Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga, Narawan Kyo Pathomvat, RAW Material Company, Shela Sheikh, Pelin Tan, Meenakshi Thirukode, Joanna Warsza, Vivian Ziherl.


Starting from 2022, Visible envisions a series of situated fellowships for ongoing long-term socially engaged art practices, tailored to the projects’ needs and context, to offer more structural support to artists that are dedicating part of their research and practice to experimental artistic ideas and actions with an impact on our societies.

Team and Steering Committee

Institutional network

A nomadic institution, Visible has worked with a variety of formats: publications, exhibitions, performances, screenings, workshops, and lectures. Collaborations with international institutions include: La Biennale di Venezia, Venice; Creative Time, New York; Lafayette Anticipations, Paris; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Kunsthaus Graz, Graz; Public Art Agency, Stockholm; Kadist Art Foundation and SFMOMA, San Francisco; and Center for Historical Reenactments, Johannesburg.

It would be hard to overestimate the positive impact of receiving the 2015 Visible Award. Not only did it make our desire to use art to power Karrabing resistance Visible to a national and international audience, it also and more importantly signal to our now 40-plus members the potential power of our vision for film and art practices.

Elizabeth Povinelli

Visible Awards’ support was there in a very critical moment, during our second year when the first version of institutional support was ending in London, the first city we started, the exact time of our transition to leave the “art project” framework and enter to the domain of activity of our parasitic long-term organisation modality.

Ahmet Ogut

There’s a great potential to Visible. It seems to me to be an interconnective tissue between lots of different local practices. Each local practice has its own quality, its own eccentricities, and often artists can become so involved in the richness of the local ecology that it’s difficult to break out to another level. Visible provides the means in which that breakout can happen so we can start to theorize from one local practice to another and start a process in which artists are thinking about their ethical position, what they want to do to achieve the common good. Visible makes the the movement of socially engaged practices visible in a way that is uh has not been done before.

Charles Esche

It’s very important to make a world in which another art can be produced. There is a conflict between those who treat art as a private good from which to profit and those who participate in art as a collective process and a common endeavor, a common
good based on inclusion and access. The latter expresses a qualitative relationship as it is based on sharing cooperation and collaboration. […] We understand that the weak relationship today between art and politics is absolutely essential to be investigated and is absolutely essential to be renegotiated. Visible is indeed a form of negotiating to improve the world around us.

Chris Dercon

Visible is very meaningful and important for its transversality and for the new purpose it offers to the relationship between art and real life, and most importantly for the social impact, it sustains through the trust in what art can freely activate.

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev