ArtistsInstitutions 12-09-2017

September 12 | BP Award winner to fund the anti-BP fight

If artists have been known to compromise their independence for the sake of their career, Henry Christian-Slane shows as that freedom also requires a lot of will power. In other news, 1:54 has revealed details of its much anticipated talks program, whilst the Performa Biennale has given carte blanche to artist Barbara Kruger.

When BP "funds"… Greenpeace

New Zealander artist Henry Christian-Slane — winner of the last edition of the BP Young Artist Award, which he was presented with at the National Portrait Gallery, for his portrait Gabi — has announced that he will donate the $9,240 cash prize to Greenpeace in protest of the institution’s partnership with the oil giant.

The 26-year-old artist has said: “I hope this action will help keep the issue of BP’s role in climate change from being overshadowed by their contribution to the arts”. More via The Guardian.

1:54 announces details of the 8th edition of FORUM

Hans Ulrich Obrist will contribute to the FORUM program of 1:54.

The art fair dedicated to contemporary African Art has revealed details of FORUM, its program of talks, organized by Koyo Kouoh (Founding artistic director of Raw Material Company, Dakar) and titled “The Conversationists”.

Contributors to the upcoming edition of FORUM include: Hans Ulrich Obrist (Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries), Sepake Angiama (Head of Education, documenta 14), Emmanuel Iduma (co-curator, Nigerian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2017) as well as artists Pascale Marthine Tayou, Emeka Ogboh and Michael Armitage. The talks will be focused on interrogating “the role that educational programmes play in producing and sustaining an economy of knowledge”. Read more here.

Performa gives Barbara Kruger “carte blanche” for its upcoming edition

The 7th edition of the New York biennial dedicated to performance will take place from November 1 through 19.

Artist Barbara Kruger will participate with works presented across the city, and she will also be responsible for the design of the biennial’s website, social media and other marketing materials. RoseLee Goldberg, director and curator of Peforma, has said of the biennial’s choice that “it’s remarkable that [Kruger] is as widely known to millennials as she is to the museum and collector worlds”. More via The Art Newspaper.


Sharjah Biennial to hold two events in Beirut

Courtesy Sharjah Biennial.

The Sharjah Biennial’s 13th edition — which opened on March 10 — will wrap up its program with two exhibitions in Beirut: “Upon a Shifting Plate” and “Act II of the Biennial”.

Between October 14 and 15, “Upon a Shifting Plate”, an exhibition organized around the key-word “culinary” will feature works by artists  Maya Abu Al-Hayat, Brigitte Caland, Monika Halkort, Sandra Teitge and James T. Hong. Through workshops, walks, talks, and cooking sessions, the show will explore the production and consumption of culinary heritage. From October 14 through 23, SB13 ACT II will feature two shows curated by Hicham Khalidi and Reem Fadda at the Beirut Art Center and the Sursock Museum respectively. The full program is available via e-flux.

Casablanca Biennial appoints curator for 2018 edition

Mostapha Romly, founding director of the Casablanca Biennial, has announced that Christine Eyene was appointed artistic director of the upcoming edition of the biennale, set to take place in October 2018. Eyene is a research fellow in contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire and also the cofounder of YaPhoto, a photography platform based in Yaounde, Cameroon. More via Artforum.

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