The 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art has announced its curator, theme and venue

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
The 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art has announced its curator, theme and venue

On October 26, 2015 Ekaterina Kibovskaya, the commissar of the biennale, presented the curator of the main project for the 5th Moscow Biennale for Young Art, which will take place in Moscow from July 1 to August 10, 2016. He is Nadim Samman, a globally renowned 32-year-old curator from the UK, who is the creator of a host of exhibitions with the participation of leading modern artists in London, Moscow, Berlin, Venice, Zurich and Marrakesh.

The 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art has announced its curator, theme and venue

On October 26, 2015 Ekaterina Kibovskaya, the commissar of the biennale, presented the curator of the main project for the 5th Moscow Biennale for Young Art, which will take place in Moscow from July 1 to August 10, 2016. He is Nadim Samman, a globally renowned 32-year-old curator from the UK, who is the creator of a host of exhibitions with the participation of leading modern artists in London, Moscow, Berlin, Venice, Zurich and Marrakesh.

The theme that Nadim Samman has proposed for the 2016 biennale is “Deep Inside.”

“Everyday, millions of people have out-of-body-experiences, enabled by avatars on social networks and online game worlds. At the same time, Google Earth and air travel have made us accustomed to the “God's eye view” — pictures from satellites, in orbit, beyond the boundaries of gravity. In the face of climate change, a global economy in crisis, social instability and the moral consequences of the information revolution, the poetics of escape is becoming ever more seductive. Lust for an absolute outside powers fantasies of emigration to untouched beaches and even exotic plans for the colonization of Mars.
But what if these dreams are traps and escape? What if the ticket price is too high? Every rocket launch scorches the earth. The Tabula rasa, the “clean slate”, is the fruit of modernist vanity. Its gleaming surface has too long obscured the depth of fractals and the fact that, beyond the canvas or a spreadsheet, there is no square one. Can't we imagine a radical inside? For every evacuation plan we must create a thousand reconceptions of home — renovation of the spaces that we inhabit – conceptual and material hacks.”
— said Nadim Samman, explaining his choice of theme for the biennale.

The venue for the main project will be the Trekhgornaya Manufactory, one of Moscow’s oldest factories and, at the same time, a fledgling exhibition space that hosts large cultural projects.

Ekaterina Kibovskaya, commissar of the biennale: “We are holding the fifth biennale in a new format. Before our curators were famous international experts, but this time we have decided to take a risk and invite as many young professionals to the team as possible. The biennale has an advisory board, this summer we announced a closed international competition for curators under the age of 35. From more than twenty concepts that were sent, the experts chose one. We have an interesting new venue for the main project in a historical building. Along with this the biennale will have a parallel educational program and two strategic projects, which will be held at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts and Moscow Museum of Modern Art. We will select the curators for these projects based on a call for proposals that will open on the biennale’s site at the same time that artists’ applications to participate in the main project will be accepted.”

Ekaterina Kibovskaya, commisar of the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. Photo: Alexey Kalabin. Courtesy of the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art press office

Applications to participate in the biennale’s main project will be accepted from artists of up to 35 years of age from October 27 to December 10, 2015.

Curators of up to 35 years of age can submit applications with their concepts for the biennale’s two strategic projects. Applications will be accepted at: http://www.youngart.ru/

Mikhail Mindlin, general director of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA):
“This is the fifth time the Biennale for Young Art has been held, and we are going into this year with significant changes. Every time the biennale unveils the names of new artists, and this year, by holding an international competition among curators for the concept of the biennale’s main project, we gave a new generation of curators the chance to prove themselves too. In this contest, the winning application came from Nadim Samman, a young British curator who is known to the professional Russian audience for his collaboration with a number of modern Russian and international artists.”

Vasili Tsereteli, executive director of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA):
“I can say already that the Biennale for Young Art has matured a bit and, I am sure, grown even better. The Trekhgornaya Manufactory is a massive venue whose landscape and energy perfectly match the art that you will see in July. No matter when it was first celebrated, this biennale can be considered the youngest in terms of its team. The curator of the main project is Nadim Samman, who has already managed to gain a reputation for his work on the biennales in Marrakesh and Venice. The commissar is Ekaterina Kibovskaya, a successful Moscow manager who has proven herself on many projects.”

The Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, which will be held for the fifth time in the summer of 2016, is one of the largest and most ambitious projects in the sphere of contemporary art in Russia. The biennale’s goals are to bring attention to new names, to support and encourage the creative initiatives of artists and curators of the new generation, to create the conditions for their public expression and, as a result, the development of the modern art community. Participants in the project are given the chance to establish connections and creative engagement with the professional artistic community. The biennale creates the space to present the latest strategies of a new generation of artists and curators.
The Moscow Biennale for Young Art has been held since 2008. The foundation for the project was laid by the yearly festival of young art “Qui Vive?” (which was run by the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) every year from 2002 to 2006 in collaboration with the modern art school “Free Workshops” at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA)). The project acquired a new status thanks to rising interest from young artists, curators and critics. Through the combined efforts of NCCA and MMOMA, a Biennale for young art was developed.

Nadim Samman (born 1983, Leicester, United Kingdom) is an independent curator, art historian and teacher. He has a PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Curator of more than forty exhibitions, including Alexander Ponomarev. Concordia (Antarctic Pavilion, Fondaco Marcello, Venice, 2014); Rare Earth (with Boris Ondreička; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, 2014); Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition (Isla del Coco, Costa Rica, 2014); 4th Marrakech Biennale (with Carson Chan; Marrakech, 2012). The author of numerous articles on modern art in the magazines Third Text, Immediations, Art Review, ArtChronika, Contemporary, Asian Affairs and Art India as well as The Art Newspaper. He has presented papers and lectures at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, the Beijing Biennale 798, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and others. Moreover, Nadim Samman is the co-director of the curatorial initiative Import Projects (Berlin), editor of Near East Magazine and, previously, curator of the Austrian art foundation Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) in Vienna. He has been a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).

© Redis (red-is.ru).Courtesy of the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art press office

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