alcramer [Alfredo Cramerotti]

PAVILION OF MAURITIUS AT THE 56th INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION – La Biennale di Venezia

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on May 3, 2015

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PAVILION OF MAURITIUS AT THE 56th INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION – La Biennale di Venezia

(first official participation)

 

From One Citizen You Gather an Idea

Participants: Sultana Haukim, Nirmal Hurry, Alix Le Juge, Olga Jürgenson, Helge Leiberg, Krishna Luchoomun, Neermala Luckeenarain, Bik Van Der Pol, Vitaly Pushnitsky, Römer + Römer, Kavinash Thomoo, Tania Antoshina, Djuneid Dulloo

Commissioner: pARTage

Curators: Alfredo Cramerotti and Olga Jürgenson (Office for Roles & Responsibilities)

Venue: Palazzo Flangini, Campo San Geremia, Cannareggio 252, 30121 Venezia, Italy

 

Inauguration: 5 May 2015, 5pm

 

The first national Pavilion of the Republic of Mauritius at the Art Biennale 2015, 9th May – 22nd November 2015, is based on a dialogue between Mauritian and European artists. Mauritius is a fusion of cultures, languages and ethnicities, with its population made of Indian, African, Chinese and European descendants; the co-presence of temples, churches and mosques in every town of this island nation reveals this diversity.

Virtually uninhabited until the end of the 16th century, the island was then ruled by the Dutch, French and British, before gaining independence in 1968. The newly born state has managed to maintain close ties with their former rulers, and also to establish an economic relationship with the USSR. Since 2000 the Ibrahim Index of African Governance has consistently rated Mauritius as the best-governed African nation in terms of safety, economic development and human rights.

However in art and culture, different sets of assessments apply; there is a short distance to questioning the value and relevance of the contemporary cultural output of a region in relation to the global artworld. The Pavilion is not only a slice of the Mauritian artistic and cultural scene, but also a take on Western conventions when it comes to assessing the ‘art now’ and the canons and critical approaches to the issues of the day.

The Pavilion’s underlying assumption is that art has meaning when challenging its own structure and relationships. Consequently the participating artists from Europe, based in established art centres such as the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Russia, are each invited to present a work in response to the work by seven artists based in Mauritius, a remote island in the Indian Ocean. The artists are invited to challenge each other’s aesthetic and ideological canons, initiating discussions about art theory and practice, colonial heritage and postcolonial relations, education and politicisation of culture.

With this indirect approach to the idea of inclusiveness and difference, carried out by the work of thirteen prominent artists in their respective countries, the Pavilion of Mauritius aims to ‘take the temperature’ of the global art world, and possibly provide – besides a lot of questions – some answers.

The commissioning body and responsible for the Pavilion of Mauritius is pARTage Association of Contemporary Artists on behalf of the Mauritius National Gallery and the Ministry of Culture.

Project advisers: Alessio Antoniolli, Maria Arusoo, Pamela Auchincloss for Arts Management and Cultural Agency ELEVEN +, Giorgia Mis for ArtICE / Arts production, Dimitri Ozerkov, Georg Schöllhammer, Joanna Sokołowska, Olesya Turkina, Gabriella Uhl

Supporters: Ministry of Arts and Culture of the Republic of Mauritius, Mondriaan Fund, Prince Claus Fund, Galerie Vallois. With thanks to Fariba Derakhshani, Cédric Rabeyrolles Destailleur, Jean-Luc Maslin, Julie Penfold, Veronika Poptsova, John Prime, Aleksandra Smirnova, Robert Vallois, Nicola Wright, Eduard Piel, L’Orizzonte, Art-Events and Valorizzazioni Culturali.

Region of Murcia embraces Manifesta 8

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on October 25, 2010

The Region of Murcia embraces Manifesta 8 – more than 30.000 visits in the first week

Manifesta8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, takes place in the Region of Murcia (Spain) in dialogue with northern Africa, from October 9, 2010 until January 9, 2011

Image: Opening of Manifesta 8 at the former post office in Murcia, venue of Manifesta 8.
© Ilya Rabinovich

http://www.manifesta8.es/ http://www.manifesta.org
+34 868 950 750
contact@manifesta8.es

On October 9, 2010, Manifesta8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art with its special focus on stimulating the dialogue with northern Africa, opened in the Region of Murcia in south-eastern Spain. Manifesta 8 showcases art from all disciplines featuring multi-media installation, film, performance, dance and music, and makes use of both traditional and unconventional art channels in co-operation with such media outlets as newspapers, radio, television and the Internet.

The event was officially opened by Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso (President of the Region of Murcia), Pedro Alberto Cruz Sánchez (Minister of Culture and Tourism for the Region of Murcia), Miguel Ángel Cámara (Mayor of Murcia), Pilar Barreiro (Mayor of Cartagena) and Hedwig Fijen (President Manifesta 8/Director Manifesta Foundation).

In the first week Manifesta 8 has counted the record number of more than 30.000 visits by local audience, artists, curators, art professionals from around the globe and over 500 international journalists (source: Regional Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Region of Murcia). Emerging from the experiences gained through former Manifesta Biennials, Manifesta 8 focuses on the concept of collective curating and has been developed by three curatorial teams coming from the most diverse areas of Europe including Scandinavia, the U.K., Central Europe and the Mediterranean as well as the Middle East and the U.S. The curatorial team of Manifesta 8 is composed of ACAF – Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (Bassam El Baroni, Jeremy Beaudry), CPS – Chamber of Public Secrets (Khaled Ramadan, Alfredo Cramerotti) and tranzit.org (Vít Havránek, Zbyněk Baladrán, Dóra Hegyi, Boris Ondreička, Georg Schöllhammer).

More than 85% of the exhibited works have been newly commissioned and produced by Manifesta 8, often supported by the most important international cultural bodies, art institutions, museums, art galleries and ministries of culture.

Manifesta Foundation places special focus on sustainability by building networks and creating goodwill in its host regions. “Manifesta 8 is not a social activists group, but many works in the biennial have been conceived in collaboration with unions, political parties, special interest groups, blind associations, the lottery, schools, and other educational services,” says Manifesta Director Hedwig Fijen. “By working with craftsmen, technicians and local professionals, Manifesta creates a greater know-how in the entire region, which remains longer after Manifesta has moved on.”

This is part of Manifesta’s spirit of collaboration, incorporating the use of otherwise discarded examples of local history, namely five previously abandoned buildings – Pavilions 1 and 2 at the former Artillery Barracks and the former Central Post Office in Murcia, the declassified San Anton Prison and the once popular El Parque Restaurant on the highest hill overlooking Cartagena. This is one of the sustainable effects of Manifesta in each of its successive editions. Manifesta leaves behind buildings which were under-utilized in the past, for future use for cultural and social events.

On Sunday, October 10, 2010 the Symposium “Bringing you the answers before you know the question: four positions regarding the idea of a pan-African roaming biennial” took place in Murcia as part of the “Incubator for a pan-African roaming Biennial” initiated in the framework of Manifesta 8. The Incubator is a one-year-long project formed in response to a proposal by two of Manifesta’s curators, Bassam El Baroni and Jeremy Beaudry of Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF), and relates to the motto “in dialogue with northern Africa”. It consists of the symposium during the opening weekend of Manifesta 8, the development of a website, a workshop in April 2011, and the production of a publication in September 2011.

On the same Sunday, October 10, 2010, Toronto-based professor of psychology, John M. Kennedy lectured at MUBAM, Museo de Bellas Artes de Murcia, one of the venues of Manifesta 8, to a large audience on the phenomenon of the blind painter Eşref Armağan whose contribution to the exhibition was curated by Chamber of Public Secrets.

Manifesta 8 – the roaming European Biennial of Contemporary Art is organized by the Manifesta Foundation (Amsterdam) together with the Region of Murcia. Access to all venues and education activities is free. More information on the ongoing education program can be found at: http://www.manifesta8.es/medular and booking via mediacion@manifesta8.es. The Manifesta 8 catalogue in English is available for purchase at http://www.silvanaeditoriale.it.

On the occasion of the opening of Manifesta 8, the next destination of the roaming Manifesta biennial was announced. In 2012 Manifesta 9 will be hosted by the region of Limburg, Belgium.

Manifesta 8, la Bienal europea de arte contemporáneo comienza el 9 de octubre de 2010.

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on October 1, 2010

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Manifesta 8, la Bienal europea de arte contemporáneo, tendrá lugar en la Región de Murcia (España) en diálogo con el norte de África, desde el 9 de octubre de 2010 hasta el 9 de enero de 2011.

Inauguración para prensa y profesionales: 7 y 8 de octubre.
Inauguración oficial: 9 de octubre.
http://www.manifesta8.es / http://www.manifesta.org

Durante 100 días, Manifesta 8 tendrá lugar en las ciudades de Murcia y Cartagena en edificios históricos, museos, espacios no convencionales y varios canales de medios de comunicación. Manifesta 8 está dirigido por tres colectivos curatoriales independientes, cada uno de los cuales desarrollará un proyecto propio como contribución curatorial. Los colectivos son ACAF (Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum), CPS (Chamber of Public Secrets) y tranzit.org .

ACAF – Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, se plantea una pregunta: ¿Cómo puede cualquier proyecto artístico tocar auténticamente la sofisticada y azarosa maraña de la complejidad de la vida? Como respuesta proponen OVERSCORE (Tachadura), un proyecto polifacético que mantiene su coherencia por la lógica de una interfaz creada especialmente para ello y llamada The Theory of Applied Enigmatics (La teoría de la enigmática aplicada).

Comisario: Bassam El Baroni / Comisario asociado: Jeremy Beaudry / Asistente de comisariado: Yolanda Riquelme García.

Artistas: The Action Mill / Gonzalo Ballester / Lene Berg / Michael Paul Britto / Pablo Bronstein / Ergin Çavuşoğlu / Common Culture / Céline Condorelli / Willie Doherty / Juan Downey / Sherif El-Azma / Alfonso Escudero / Simon Fujiwara / Ryan Gander / Melanie Gilligan / Nav Haq / Ann Veronica Janssens / Jeleton / Mahmoud Khaled / Hassan Khan / Irene Lucas & Christoph Euler / Suhail Malik / nOffice / Ana Martínez / Rosell Meseguer / Metahaven / Nástio Mosquito / Charles Mudede / Kenny Muhammad & Adam Carrigan / Lorraine O’Grady / Olivia Plender / Wanda Raimundi-Ortíz / Jasper Rigole / Red 76 / Alexandre Singh / Jean-Marc Superville Sovak / Take to the Sea / Mariusz Tarkawian.

CPS – Chamber of Public Secrets. A través del uso crítico de la producción de medios de comunicación, realización de documentales, investigación artística y periodismo estético, el proyecto curatorial de CPS, ¿THE REST IS HISTORY? (¿El resto es historia?, ocupa y se cuestiona las estructuras que definen la realidad hoy en día, así como de su historia.

Equipo curatorial: Khaled Ramadan & Alfredo Cramerotti / Asistente de comisariado: Rian Lozano de la Pola.

Artistas: AGM / Mounira Al Solh / Abed Anouti / Eşref Armağan / The ARTS ASSEMBLY / Michael Baers / Ghassan Ben Jeddou / Brumaria / Filipa César / Danilo Correale / Anders Eiebakke / Aida Eltorie (con Fateen Abdel Wahab, Dalia Neis, Sergio Leone, Bassem Yousri, Naiza Khan, Pauline M’Barek, Jan Ijäs, Aissa H. Deebi, Ghamkin Saleh, Madeline Djerejian, Yto Barrada) / Marcelo Expósito & Verónica Iglesia / Thierry Geoffroy-Colonel / Laurent Grasso / Khaled Hafez / Ralf Homann / Erlea Maneros Zabala / n.e.w.s.: Renée Ridgway & Rick van Amersfoort / Ángel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere  / Fay Nicolson (en colaboración con Rasheed Araeen, Mark Ashurst, Katerina Gregos, John M. Kennedy , Huda Smitshuijzen, Alex Vesudevan) / Nada Prlja / Ariel Reichman / María Ruido / David Rych / Nikolaus Schletterer / Michael Takeo Magruder / Stefanos Tsivopoulos / Wooloo (en colaboración con Gema Alava, Helidon Gjergji, Pedro Guirao, Clarinda Mac Low, Matthias Neumann) / Raed Yassin.

tranzit.org . Si preguntamos sobre las convenciones de la exposición colectiva, CONSTITUTION FOR TEMPORARY DISPLAY (Constitución para una exposición temporal) de tranzit.org es el resultado de un pensamiento colectivo sobre el potencial para un espacio auto constituido, modelado por las condiciones estéticas, sociales y políticas; un espacio donde artistas y comisarios abren su trabajo a la reflexión, imaginación y reelaboración.

Equipo curatorial: Vít Havránek, Zbyněk Baladrán, Dóra Hegyi, Boris Ondreička, Georg Schöllhammer / Asistente de comisariado: Anna Pahissa Deulofeu.

Artistas: Basma Alsharif / Babi Badalov / Neïl Beloufa / Erick Beltrán / Igor & Ivan Buharov / Banu Cennetoğlu & Shiri Zinn / Boris Charmatz / Loulou Cherinet / Heman Chong / Kajsa Dahlberg / Cristina David / Stephan Dillemuth / Carla Filipe / Pedro G. Romero-Archivo F.X. / Alexandra Galkina / Karl Holmqvist / Sung Hwan Kim / Adela Jušić / Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc & Sarah Maldoror / Darius Mikšys / The Otolith Group / Bouchra Ouizguen / Emily Roysdon / Ruti Sela / Catarina Simão / Tomáš Vaněk / Martin Vongrej / Tris Vonna-Michell / Tanja Widmann.

Educación: Manifesta 8 presta especial atención a las actividades educativas. Se ha creado un programa especial de mediación en arte para investigar y reflexionar junto con nuestros visitantes sobre las obras y los conceptos que se presentan en Manifesta 8. Durante las horas de apertura se realizaran visitas guiadas en español, inglés, árabe, francés, alemán e italiano, al igual que un abanico de proyectos especiales, material educativo y actividades para escuelas y estudiantes de arte. http://www.manifesta8.es/medular .

Simposio: El domingo 10 de Octubre de 10:00 a 14:00, tendrá lugar el simposio Dando respuestas antes de conocer las preguntas: cuatro posiciones sobre la idea de una bienal pan – africana itinerante en el Centro Párraga de Murcia.

Para más información sobre el programa de inauguración:

Página web: http://www.manifesta8.es / http://www.manifesta.org
Teléfono: +34 868 950 750
Email: contact@manifesta8.es / accreditation@manifesta8.es

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English

Manifesta 8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, takes place in the Region of Murcia (Spain) in dialogue with northern Africa, from October 9, 2010 until January 9, 2011.

Preview days: October 7 and 8 in Murcia and Cartagena

Official opening day: October 9 in Murcia and Cartagena

www.manifesta8.es / www.manifesta.org

Running for a period of 100 days, Manifesta 8 will be taking place in the cities of Murcia and Cartagena in historical buildings, museums, unconventional spaces and several media channels. Manifesta 8 is curated by three independent curatorial collectives, each of them developing a project as an autonomous curatorial contribution. The collectives are ACAF – Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, CPS – Chamber of Public Secrets and tranzit.org.

ACAF – Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, raise the question ‘How can any art project genuinely touch on the sophisticated and haphazard web of life’s complexity?’ In response, they propose OVERSCORE, a multifaceted project held together by the logic of a specially devised, theoretical interface called The Theory of Applied Enigmatics.

Curator: Bassam El Baroni / Associate Curator: Jeremy Beaudry / Curatorial assistant: Yolanda Riquelme García

Artists: The Action Mill / Gonzalo Ballester / Lene Berg / Michael Paul Britto / Pablo Bronstein / Ergin Çavuşoğlu / Common Culture / Céline Condorelli / Willie Doherty / Juan Downey / Sherif El Azma / Alfonso Escudero / Simon Fujiwara / Ryan Gander / Melanie Gilligan / Nav Haq / Ann Veronica Janssens / Jeleton / Mahmoud Khaled / Hassan Khan / Irene Lucas & Christoph Euler / Suhail Malik / nOffice / Ana Martínez / Rosell Meseguer / Metahaven / Nástio Mosquito / Charles Mudede / Kenny Muhammad & Adam Carrigan / Lorraine O’Grady / Olivia Plender / Wanda Raimundi-Ortíz / Jasper Rigole / Red76 / Alexandre Singh / Jean-Marc Superville Sovak / Take to the Sea / Mariusz Tarkawian.

CPS – Chamber of Public Secrets. Through the critical use of media production, documentary-making, artistic research and aesthetic journalism, CPS’s curatorial project ¿THE REST IS HISTORY? occupies and questions the structures that define reality today, as well as its history.

Curators: Khaled Ramadan & Alfredo Cramerotti / Curatorial assistant: Rian Lozano de la Pola

Artists: AGM / Mounira Al Solh / Abed Anouti / Eşref Armağan / The ARTS ASSEMBLY / Michael Baers / Ghassan Ben Jeddou / Brumaria / Filipa César / Danilo Correale / Anders Eiebakke / Aida Eltorie (featuring films by Fateen Abdel Wahab, Dalia Neis, Sergio Leone, Bassem Yousri, Naiza Khan, Pauline M’Barek, Jan Ijäs, Aissa H. Deebi, Ghamkin Saleh, Madeline Djerejian, Yto Barrada) / Marcelo Expósito & Verónica Iglesia / Thierry Geoffroy-Colonel / Laurent Grasso / Khaled Hafez / Ralf Homann / Erlea Maneros Zabala / n.e.w.s.: Renée Ridgway & Rick van Amersfoort / Ángel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere / Fay Nicolson (in collaboration with Rasheed Araeen, Mark Ashurst, Katerina Gregos, John M. Kennedy , Huda Smitshuijzen, Alex Vesudevan) / Nada Prlja / Ariel Reichman / María Ruido / David Rych / Nikolaus Schletterer / Michael Takeo Magruder / Stefanos Tsivopoulos / Wooloo (in collaboration with Gema Alava, Helidon Gjergji, Pedro Guirao, Clarinda Mac Low, Matthias Neumann) / Raed Yassin.

Tranzit.org. Querying conventions of the “group show”, tranzit.org‘s CONSTITUTION FOR TEMPORARY DISPLAY is the result of a collective thinking about the potential for a self-constituting space, shaped by aesthetic, social and political conditions; a space where artists and curators open up their work to reflection, imagination and re-elaboration.

Curatorial team: Vít Havránek, Zbyněk Baladrán, Dóra Hegyi, Boris Ondreička, Georg Schöllhammer / Curatorial assistant: Anna Pahissa Deulofeu

Artists: Basma Alsharif / Babi Badalov / Neïl Beloufa / Erick Beltrán / Igor & Ivan Buharov / Banu Cennetoğlu & Shiri Zinn / Boris Charmatz / Loulou Cherinet / Heman Chong / Kajsa Dahlberg / Cristina David / Stephan Dillemuth / Carla Filipe / Pedro G. Romero-Archivo F.X. / Alexandra Galkina / Karl Holmqvist / Sung Hwan Kim / Adela Jušić / Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc & Sarah Maldoror / Darius Mikšys / The Otolith Group / Bouchra Ouizguen / Emily Roysdon / Ruti Sela / Catarina Simão / Tomáš Vaněk / Martin Vongrej / Tris Vonna-Michell / Tanja Widmann.
Education: In Manifesta 8, particular attention is dedicated to educational activities. An art mediation program has been set up to research and reflect together with the visitors on the artworks and concepts presented at Manifesta 8. Guided tours in Spanish, English, Arabic, French, German and Italian are available during opening hours, as well as a range of special projects, education material and activities for school classes and art students. www.manifesta8.es/medular.

Symposium: On Sunday 10th of October, from 10.00 to 14.00, the symposium Bringing you the answers before we know the question: four positions regarding the idea of a pan-African roaming biennial will take place in the Centro Parraga, Murcia.

For more information on the preview/opening program:

Website: www.manifesta8.es / www.manifesta.org

Phone: +34 868 950 750

Email: contact@manifesta8.es / accreditation@manifesta8.es

MANIFESTA 8 | Collective Curating: Means in Common at Art Basel 41

Posted in nEws and rEleases, shortEssays/cortiSaggi [English/Italian] by alcramer on September 19, 2010

ART BASEL 41 | Art Salon Program
Friday June 18, 2010

Participants:
Alfredo Cramerotti, Chamber of Public Secrets (CPS), Denmark, Italy, Lebanon, Member of the M8 Curatorial Collective
Esther Regueira, General Coordinator, Manifesta 8, Murcia
Georg Schöllhammer, Member of the collective tranzit.org, Central Europe.

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