Smokescreen doesn’t hide Artistic Censorship at MassArt

by the-biennial-project 7. September 2015 12:43

 

The artistic community is used to defending ourselves against attacks on our freedom of expression from outside our ranks. Things that life clearly teaches us artists – that freedom of expression is essential, that censorship is wrongheaded, and that it is necessary to distinguish between representation and endorsement – are not always understood by those outside the arts.

As such, artists have a long and proud tradition of leading the fight for the unfettered expression of ideas that is central to any kind of society worth living in.

So it comes as especially disturbing news to have such censorship come from within an institution that exists so close to New England’s artistic soul – The Massachusetts College of Art and Design - the only publicly funded free-standing art school in the United States, and the place that many of us got our start down this merry path of poverty and good times.

We wish it weren’t true, but unfortunately it is. Talented Biennial Project collaborator and friend Maj-Britt Pedersen has been hard at work honing her considerable skills studying in the fashion department at MassArt, only to be censored in the presentation of her work by her own teachers.

This is just sad. In Maj-Britt’s own words: 

“For the Spring semester of Sophomore year (mine was this past Spring), MassArt all fashion students are given an assignment to create a non-textile garment. This means a garment made out of something that is not fabric.

After brainstorming for some time, I chose cigarette packs. I have been a smoker since I was 13 so they play a part in my daily life. I didn't want to choose something "cute" or too easy. I feel cigarette packing holds incredible, ornate, iconic graphic design.

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We were supervised closely throughout the process. Upon completion I received an "A" on my dress. I also received the honor of having it chosen to be in the 2015 MassArt Vision fashion show at The Park Plaza Castle.

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At the end of the semester, we were advised to hold onto our garments because we would have an opportunity in the fall to have them displayed in a storefront in Copley Place.

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This past Wednesday I attended my department's fashion forum to gain information on the upcoming year. While there, some students were instructed to leave their dresses on the dress forms. I raised my hand and said how I was never informed to bring my garment, perhaps it wasn't chosen? Jane Avery of the fashion department responded that they decided that the material of my dress made it too controversial for display in a public space. But it's a beautiful dress. I shook my head and laughed it off.

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The following day I was more perturbed about the decision. In today's world of Donald Trump and heroin overdoses, how could a dress constructed of cigarette packs be deemed too controversial? Cigarettes are not illegal. Nowhere on the dress does it tell anyone they should smoke. In fact, the bust is made up of the warnings. I asked Jane Avery that afternoon for a specific reason. She replied she couldn't give me one. She mumbled something about children, said the faculty had decided. Mentioned if a dress had been made from guns, they would have decided the same thing. Then she said sorry in a sing song voice as if I were in kindergarten.

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I personally don't think my dress is offensive, I don't think it would negatively affect children. I think it might make people laugh or perhaps strike up a conversation. Anyhow, I am being denied a great opportunity for exposure as well as losing confidence in my mentors' artistic integrity.”

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So, basically, the faculty of the fashion department at MassArt deemed Maj-Britt’s cigarette pack dress "too controversial for display in a public space". Denying her an opportunity to exhibit her work that is such a valuable part of art school. After choosing it for display in their fashion show. Thoughts?

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Reporter Kelly Stevens on Assignment for TBP at the Venice Biennale 2015

by the-biennial-project 5. September 2015 06:40

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” Truman Capote

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We clearly run with a pretty cool crowd. And none is cooler than our long-time collaborator – artist and writer Kelly Stevens - pictured above  left at The Biennial Project’s reception at the Venice Biennale in May. And we are ever so proud to share with you her reactions to the 2015 Venice Biennale:      

                                                                                                                        1avenice3  “As tourists flock to see the spectacles of the World’s Fair in Milan, another “must-see” event is only minutes away in Venice, Italy. The Venice Biennale is considered the World’s Fair of art with 53 countries participating and presenting extraordinary pieces of work. Originating in 1895, the Biennale is a major contemporary art exhibition which takes place once every two years.

This year’s Biennale experience was again exceptional. On my visit through the national pavilions, each country approached the Biennale’s theme “All the World’s Futures” in unique ways. Some art installations triggered deep emotions while others offered a more whimsical experience. And others clearly had expressive political statement.

Needless to say, a diverse range of emotional experiences can be expected as one makes their way through the Biennale.

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Among my favorites this year, the large scale installations appealed to me the most. France’s “Revolutions” by Celeste Boursier-Mougenot included trees which subtly moved through the art space in front of patiently waiting onlookers lounging on nearby foam steps.

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The eclectic Canadian pavilion similarly was intriguing as I experienced a transformative journey beginning within a convenience store before eventually ending in a life-sized Pachinko game where the curious can put a quarter in the slot and see its path.

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The art which struck me the most deeply, however, was “A Key in the Hand” by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota. The massive art work gave me a feeling of intense connection with humanity and the world with its spider web of red yarn, keys and ancient Japanese fishing boats. This installation reminded me that life and death are about the journey and the connection of stories and people. In essence, everything is significant and matters because we all have the power to make the world a better place.

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Of all the amazing installations present in this year’s Biennale, this one allowed me to best connect with the theme of this year’s event. In a world which is becoming increasingly smaller, the relevance and importance of human and natural connections is likewise increasing. And indeed, all the world’s futures depend on how we respect, cherish, and act upon these connections. Being able to visualize this concept in such dramatic fashion was certainly powerful, and one of the many reasons this year’s Biennale is an event not to be missed.”

Kelly Stevens, 2015

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Biennial Project Venice Biennale ARTIST TRADING CARDS are here!

by the-biennial-project 26. July 2015 06:52

The Biennial Project Venice Biennale 2015 Artist Trading Cards have arrived! Created by the internationally-feared minds behind The Biennial Project – these cards are a must for those wanting a behind the scenes look at the art and artists of the 56th Venice Biennale! Whether you are lucky enough to go to the Venice Biennale and see the art for yourself, or just want an insider’s look into today’s “it” artists, these guides are your must-have accessory of the season. The Biennale Project profiles 56 of the lucky bastards who currently define success in the art world. From drinking with Damien Hurst to making art from your collector’s breast milk – learn how these artists made it to the top, and gain valuable tools that you can put to use in your own artistic practice. Available now for a limited time for the incredible price of $40 – these limited edition mini-masterpieces won’t last long! And because we’re nice, here’s a sneak peak of a few of our artist profiles, beginning with Yvonne Apiyo from KENYA – the ONLY artist from KENYA chosen to show her work in the KENYAN pavilion in Venice – who came to our fabulous party in Venice and did an interview with Biennial Project Press – and is so goddamned nice and talented and wonderful that we have to think less of the Swiss for not electing her to office. Feast your eyes………….

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We now interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for this special announcement….

by the-biennial-project 27. June 2015 16:33

It's rough being an american if you are not a total asshole.

Violent racism, economic desperation, hideous drone armies killing children in our name, blind kittens without homes - you know, none of this is the sort of stuff a normal person can get too excited about.

Well, tomorrow we promise to go back to watching the endless rivers of blood flow, but for today, for fucking once, we have something profoundly wonderful to celebrate.

"They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered."

And yes we know it is jut a start, but hey, let us have our moment here, OK?

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The Biennial Project

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ArtVenice Biennale III Opening Gala

by the-biennial-project 30. May 2015 15:19

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Its been half-a-year since the Opening Champagne Reception for ArtVenice Biennale 3. We, The Biennial Project only just realized that we haven’t told you, our loyal supporters, about our time in Venice. Well, in case you were wondering, ArtVenice Biennale 3 was an astonishing success! The location on VIA GARIBALDI was better then imagined. Every big gun in the art world meandered up and down this street looking for dinner and then found us or maybe they were looking for us and then found dinner. The art work being exhibited digitally drew the best glitterati into our gallery.  The attendees got the must have Biennial Project bag, a free glass(or two, or three, or four…) of prosecco  and then stayed to admire all the art that was on view. We met hundreds of art loving hoi polloi from all over the world, ideas were exchanges, connections were made and maybe one or two people found romance. An immense triumph!!

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The evening started off with The Live Art Performance by The Biennial Project’s ArtVenice Biennale 3 Artist in Residence, Tom Estes called ‘'Parallax: Other Realms’. We were thrilled, with the help of the entrants on AVB3, to give this artist from London an opportunity and a venue to express his creativity. The performance coincided with Estes' time at the newly founded The Biennial Project Residency Project at the V70 building in Venice.

Yvonne Amolo gave an enthralling and capitvating talk, presented a video and even yodeled for us.  Yvonne Amolo, the only actual ethnic Kenyan in this Kenyan pavilion  has won awards for her film about racism. Being the only ethnic Kenyan representing Kenya in this year’s Biennale was the hottest topic of conversation during the Opening week of The 56th Venice Biennale. This very issue that sparked the debate on the socio economic and nationalistic issues involved in the process of putting together an evenly and fairly represented global art exhibit.Yvonne was kind enough to take a lot of questions from our attendees regarding this hot button issue.

We also had a stimulating and spurring performance from Leslie Rogers brought to life 'Wesley Wodgers: Camera Cop'

Leslie Rogers performs 'Wesley Wodgers: Camera Cop':

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Though, clearly, the highlight of the show was seeing all our entrant's images shown in a digital display that ran for the entire reception. Many of the ArtVenice Biennale 3chosen artists came to Venice to attend the gala and many of them spoke about their work. Some of these included Artemis Herber, Finishing School, James Lipovac, Justin Augspurg, Katherine Sweetman, Lauren Gidwitz, Markus Blaus, Matthew Keller, Rebecca Potter,Victor Salvo, Walter Kopec and Zebbler Peter Berdovsky and a few others.

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ArtVenice Biennale 3 Winners Announced

by the-biennial-project 29. May 2015 08:49

 

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The ArtVenice Biennale 3 attracted an extraordinary amount of exceptionally strong art from artists from every corner of the world.

Feast your eyes on all the superlative work included in the show:

ArtVenice Biennale 3 Selected Artists

Jurying such strong work was extremely satisfying but difficult. Even more challenging was picking the winners from so much excellent work. We say all of these artists deserve prizes!

Fortunately we had the support of our illustrious group of international jurors – one chosen from each of the continents – to help us with this.

Each of these successful artists poured over all the accepted art and spent a lot of time picking their winners. As artists themselves, they took this process very seriously, and we are proud to announce their decisions:

Sui Jianguo (Asia), internationally acclaimed Chinese sculptor, represented by Pace Gallery.  pacegallery.com/artists/459/sui-jianguo

“I have reviewed all the works in the collection several times. My second choice goes to artist Szilvia Gyorgy.

My final pick goes to Hubert Dobler.  I mostly appreciate his work for combining the elements of body, space, video and other objects, with an underlying imagination, to express unique and regional characteristics, with cultural spirit, romantic yet concrete."

Marlene Sarroff (Australia) well-known artist, critic and gallerist. marlenesarroff.com

“What a fantastic line up of entries. I have chosen these two favorites:

1.  Tamara Van San. Very impressed by the organic nature of the work, the incredible play and freedom, within what sometimes is thought to be quite a rigid medium. The successful spatial arrangements of the works come together to make a most exciting installation.

2. Hubert Dobler. The marks are powerful. The suggestion of some quite aggressive action having taken place. The  unrestrained abandonment that disrupts the pristine space like a juvenile crime scene. Very masculine and youthful, but at the same time the marks have a mesmerising attraction that exudes rhythm, and movement."

Francisco Bassim (South America) 2011 Venezuela Representative to the  Venice  Biennale.  facebook.com/bassimarte

“I have chosen the work of Rachel Shatil, because it feels to me warm-hearted and it breaks with formality. It is like the summation of many things in few words; it captures a wonderful moment, causing this simple and wild image to hold all the humanity possible in an inanimate object.”

Zsolt Asztalos (Europe) 2013 Hungary Representative to the Venice Biennale, as well as a member of The 2015 Biennial Project Venice Biennale Entourage.   asztaloszsolt.com

“I choose Moira Agius. In her work the material and the inmaterial world come together in the same time. We can realise how the everyday life melts into transcendence. The artist demands the viewers to contemplate and to complete their deep absorption.”

Aissa Deebi (Africa) 2013 Palestinian Representative to the Venice Biennale and co-curator of the Palestinian Pavilion. aissadeebi.com

“This is my selection. Christine Comeau’s performance work, that has a social practice aspect. She is dealing with issues of exile, displacement and nomadism. I think her work is outstanding and she deserves to be selected for the award.”

Ian Boissonnault (North American) –  Artist and gallerist  on staff at Art New England.  facebook.com/i.boissonnault

"The Ian Boissonnault Biennial Project Its About Us North American Great Justice Primary Number One Prize goes to Christine Comeau  for her Cone People. We all wanted to know so much more about this piece, we were really drawn in, and the people involved for the most part looked like they were into the fact that they were in big conical orange outfits on carts. was it a part of a video? or a performance? the image haunted us for days in a good Patrick Swayze way. TELL US MORE.”

In addition to the work thoughtfully chosen by our esteemed international jurors, We The Biennial Project are proud to announce the following additional winners: Dara Lorenzo, Graehound,  Hildy Maze, Justin Augspurg, Megan Michalak, Paul Weiner, Svetlana Swinimer, Vladimira Sedlakova, and Walter Kopec.

Check out all the winning work:

AVB WINNERS SLIDESHOW

And it’s probably clear by now, but the AVB3 Grand Prize Triple Platinum Super Winners Best in Show Awards must go to Hubert Dobler and Christine Comeau for being the fav’s of so many.

More on both of them to come!

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ArtVenice Biennale 3 Champagne Reception

by the-biennial-project 25. April 2015 09:09

The Biennial Project presents

ArtVenice Biennale 3 Champagne Reception

Monday, May 4, 2015 6:00pm - 10:00pm 

VIA GARIBALDI 1791 Sestiere Castello Venezia, Italia

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The internationally renowned artist collaborative The Biennial Project is pleased to announce the  ArtVenice Biennale 3 Champagne Reception.

The ArtVenice Biennale 3 Champagne Reception is a large screen digital presentation being held at a delightful gallery space between The Arsenale and The Giardini in Venice, Italy during the Prestigious Press Preview Week of The Venice Biennale 56!!

All the  work from selected our international call for work will be displayed all night long via large screen video projections. The Biennial Project received over 1200 entries from more than 35 countries for this exclusive show!

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Unlike most exhibition opportunities, this one is actually organized by ARTISTS – people who totally comprehend that you put your goddamned heart and soul into your work.

In addition to the winners that have been selected by The Biennial Project, ArtVenice Biennale 3 has 7 special prizes chosen by 7 internationally successful jurors representing each of the seven continents.

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Come early at 5pm and see The Live Art Performance by Tom Estes at ‘'Parallax: Other Realms’. The performance will coincide with Estes' time at the newly founded Biennial Project Residency Project at the V70 building in Venice.

Also included in our reception will be a brief talk and images from the only actual ethnic Kenyan in this Kenyan pavilion — Yvonne Amolo, who has won awards for her film about racism.

The Biennial Project, your host of this event, is an artist collaborative whose goal is to explore the nature and understand the perception of biennials within the art world and, in so doing, to develop a collective body of work that will be exhibited in as many biennials as possible – especially the really cool ones.

ARTISTS SELECTED FOR INCLUSION IN THE ARTVENICE BIENNALE 3

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ArtVenice Biennale 3 SELECTED ARTIST LIST

by the-biennial-project 15. April 2015 16:20

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Congratulations to all the artists whose work will be projected in Venice, Italy for ArtVenice Biennale 3!  We had a super hard time deliberating this year because all the entrants were outstanding - and we received over 1200 entries from more than 35 countires! In case you are headed out to join us, the reception will be held Monday May 4, 2015 6-10PM at VIA GARIBALDI 1791 Sestiere, Castello.

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SELECTED ARTISTS 2015

Adamo Macri

Aivars Kisnics

Alenka Koderman

Alex Kuznetsov

Alice Steffen

Andre Chi Sing Yuen

Andre Rubin

Angelique Brickner

Anna Grau

Annalisa Casini

Anne Anicet

Arnold Figueroa

Artemis Herber

Atomic Elroy

Bela Gold

Bin Feng

Bipasha Hayat

Bo Petran

Brian Glaze

Caroline Monnet

Caroline Theriault

Carolyn Wirth

Catherine Bourassa

Charlie Lemay

Chas Reed

Chloe Sachs

Christine Comeau

Christine Palamidessi

Claudia Sbrissa

Dan Lam

Dan Rocha

Dara Lorenzo

David D’Ostilio

David Langley

David R Banta

Debra Krakow

Dennis Miller

Donny Gettinger

Elizabeth Hoy

Ellen Schon

Enid Blechman

Federico Delfrati

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France McNeil

Fred Ata

Frossene King

Gabrijel Savic Ra

Gabrielle Desrosiers

George Shaw

Graehound

Guido Winkler

Hai Ri Han

Helios Lucida

Hildy Maze

Hubert Dobler

Ilari Rantala

Ildikó Kalapács

Isabella Pers

J Henry Fair

James Hollenbaugh

James Lipovac

Janice Rahn

Jeannie Motherwell

Jeff Warmouth

Jennifer C McCarthy

Jillian Dickson

Julie Amrany

Jo-Ann Boback

Joan Ryan

John Evans

John Kennard

Juliana McDonald

Julie R Amrany

Justin Augspurg

Karen Burgess

Katelyn Seprish

Katherine Sweetman

Kay Hartung

Kelly Hider

Krista Steinke

Kristin Street

Larry Alford

Laura Gurton

Laura Krasnow

Lauren Gidwitz

Leigh Hall

Lenore Tenenblatt

Leslie Rogers

Lillian Abel

Luca Zanier

Maggi Brown

Manana Tsilikishvili

Marissa Goldman

Mark Lloyd

Marjorie Kaye

Markus Blaus

Marlene Siff

Mary Fashbaugh

Matthew Keller

Megan Michalak

Michael St Germain

Moira Agius

Nancy L Fulton

Nevena Vuksanovic

Nick Nazzaro

Nina Yankowitz

Noel Hensey

Patricio Moreno Toro

Paul Weiner

Peter Boyadjieff

Peter Shapiro

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Rachel Shatil

Raul Cerrillo

Rebecca Potter

Regi Bar David

Renate Schweizer

Richard Buckley

Richard Vaux

Rick Mendoza

Rina Dweck

Robyn Day

Rodolfo Villaplana

Roger Colombik

Runcie Tatnall

Ruth Rosner

Sabina Jacobsson

Sabire Kozan

Sally Strom

Samantha Marder

Sarah Leahy

Sergio Bretel

Shahrnaz Monfared

Stephan Fowlkes

Stephanie Goode

Stephen Auger

Stephen Daly

Steve Dolbin

Susan Fitzsimmons

Svetlana Swinimer

Sylvia de Swaan

Szilvia Gyorgy

Tamara Van San

Todd Kunkler

Tom Estes

Vanessa Thompson

Vanessa White

Victor Salvo

Vladimíra Sedláková

Wally Gilbert

Walter Kopec

Wayne Schoenfeld

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Zebbler Peter Berdovsky

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ArtVenice Biennale 3 Jurors Announced!

by the-biennial-project 1. March 2015 07:36

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We are proud to announce that the response to the call to entry for the ArtVenice Biennale 3 has been remarkable – we have already received hundreds of entries from 24 countries! And the deadline for entries is not even until Match 15th! Here is some more info about our excellent jurors:

JURORS:  All work will be juried by the internationally known art collective The Biennial Project, plus 7 internationally successful jurors representing each of the seven continents – who will each choose a Special Juror’s Prize Artist.

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Marlene Sarroff (Australia) well known artist, critic and gallerist. Marlene is on the right in the pic on the right, having just done an interview with Critical Run organizers at the 54th Venice Biennale

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Francisco Bassim (South America) 2011 Venezuela Representative to the  Venice  Biennale – seen at left with Biennial Project member Anna Salmeron. 

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Albert Yonathan Setyawan (Asia) 2013 Indonesia Representative to the Venice Biennale (center)

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Zsolt Asztalos (Europe) 2013 Hungary Representative to the Venice Biennale (right) asztaloszsolt.com

 

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Aissa Deebi (Africa) 2013 Palestinian Representative to the Venice Biennale and co-curator of the Palestinian Pavilion.

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And of course the world famous collaborative The Biennial Project will select the recipient of The North American Prize. We will be assisted in this by artist and gallerist Ian Boissonnault – currently on staff at Art New England.

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So many great jurors – so much great art! And you too can be part of the most exiting and lively show of the Spring season. Enter your work now – remember – the deadline is March 15th!

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GLOBAL BIENNIALISM DIGEST FEBRUARY 2015

by the-biennial-project 17. February 2015 17:56

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Yes, it’s been a while since we updated you on some of the various biennale/biennials going on around the globe. If this upsets you - we’re sorry – it just that is takes a lot of time to be as fabulous and globe trotting as we are. We know you understand.

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You only have another week to get your asses down to Chile to see ‘La Bienal del Fin del Mundo’. This Biennial, being a member of The international Biennial Association (IBA to us in the know), is an "important cultural event - with significant artistic, touristic, social, and regional as well as international repercussions. Born without limitations or boundaries, in the Southern Cone of America, sponsored by the Latin American Parliament St. Paul - with the aim of generating new and interdisciplinary opportunities for reflection on the problems of contemporaneity - within the framework of Culture and Education".

 

In other words, they show art deep in the South of South America. The South Pole to be precise.The first edition of the End of the World Biennial was presented in 2007 in Ushuaia, capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego Province.

 

 

This got our attention because Biennial Project member Eric has been to this out-of-reach little city. His main activity there, besides looking at penguins, was mailing a letter at the post office on a dock so as to get the postmark ‘Ushuaia, del Fin del Mundo “.

 

This impressed the nurses at Eric’s father’s nursing home. However, Eric’s Dad - Mr. Hess - didn’t give a shit about this impressive postmark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year they up and moved the fourth edition of this Biennial to two Chilean cities, Valparaiso and Punta Arenas, as the Biennial enters a binational cooperation with Chile. Eric and Anna haven’t been to either of these places but would be open to travel. Chilean Men are hot!! (Eric says this. Anna swears by Argentinian men. As does Biennial Project world traveler Sonia Domkarova.)

(Above left – an Argentinian man, above right a Chilean man. You decide.)

This year 150 artists from 35 countries took a part in the Fin del Mundo Bienal. Among the participating artists include Argentines Liliana Porter, John Doffo and Andrés Denegri; Guatemalan Regina Galindo, Japanese Toshihiko Kato; American Joan Jonas; Israeli Karen Cytter  and Italians Matteo and Marinella Senatore Basilé (Italy is the guest of honor). Go to bienaldelfindelmundo.org to read more about this or email questions, comments, suggestions and spam tohola@bienaldelfindelmundo.org.

 

Probably the most talked about upcoming Biennial takingplace in the art world right now is the upcoming ArtVenice Biennale 3 (not to be confused with The Venice Biennale 56, another Biennale that happens to be taking place at the same time as ArtVenice Biennale 3). The greatest thing about this particular Biennale is that you can still tale a part in it!! We - The Bienniale Project - are sponsoring it, so you know it is ultra cool and post-hip. ArtVenice Biennale 3 is an online juried competition as well as a large screen digital presentation being held at a beautiful large gallery space in Venice, Italy during the Opening Week of The Venice Biennale 56, (that other Biennale we just mentioned). For information on how to enter and on the theme of Biennale in a Biennale (Biennale in un Biennale) go to http://biennialroadshow.com/?page_id=284  Don’t miss your chance at fame and fortune by forgetting to enter ArtVenice Biennale 3. It’s your chance to stir the conversation and direction of post comtemporary art or ‘Post Art’. Don’t live with regret. Just enter this minute.

 

Finally, on the topic of off-beat Biennales we’d like to give a shout out to The Dharavi Biennale that is taking place February 15-March 7, 2015. Though this might not be the most prestigous art event of the decade we like it because we feel the art here, as well as the other activities, make more of a powerful local impact. It is not the type of art event which features world-class artists, collectors and curators nibbling on hor’derves and drinking wine spriters talking in ‘art speak’. Nope, because Dharavi is located in one of the worst slums of Mumbai India.

Nope, because Dharavi is located in one of the worst slums of Mumbai India. Dharavi Biennale is a three year art + health + recycling festival with a series of several stand alone workshops called Artboxes. All the Artboxes will come together in the Alley Galli Biennale. The overarching theme is recycling: artworks will use recycled materials and will address the health effects of recycled behaviors. The Dharavi Biennale wants to give emerging local artists the opportunity to consolidate their conceptual, practical and leadership skills, bring in new participants, engage more deeply with health issues, and emphasize sustainability. Besides the Artboxes, many different events will be scheduled - such as puppets shows, cooking demonstrations, mural painting, music, plays, and films (including one film called Indefensible Space which is a participatory film on toilets in regards to women’s safety issues). There is even a Hindi version of The Vagina Monologues. Their slogan is Free and Easy which basically sums up our outlook and perhaps our sex lives. (Eric's, not Anna's. Anna has no sex life. She has taken a vow of chastity until she loses 30 lbs.) For more information (on thie Dharavi Biennale) go to:

http://www.dharavibiennale.com

 

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