The 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art announces open call!

By Anna Savitskaya - Friday, September 22, 2017
The 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art announces open call!

The 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art will take place in Moscow from June 8, 2018. The curator of the main project is Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, a young independent curator from Italy. The theme proposed for the 2018 biennial is "Abracadabra."

The 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art announces open call!

The 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art will take place in Moscow from June 8, 2018. The curator of the main project is Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, a young independent curator from Italy. The theme proposed for the 2018 biennial is "Abracadabra." 

The Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, which will be held for the sixth time in summer 2018, is one of the largest and most ambitious projects in the sphere of contemporary art in Russia. The biennial'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, to develop the modern art community. Participants in the project are given the chance to establish connections and creative engagement with the professional artistic community. The biennial creates the space to present the latest strategies of a new generation of artists and curators.

Last year Artdependence Magazine conducted an interview with Ekaterina Kibovskaya, commissar of the biennale about the new format of the event, personal challenges and general view on the young art in Russia, which can be found here.

Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, curator of the biennial’s main project: "The word Abracadabra has ancient, opaque origins. It has been attributed magical powers since the deepest pagane antiquity, when reciting the incantation “Abracadabra!” meant the unleash of a process capable of transforming reality. ... The term “Abracadabra” links together the growing interest of contemporary culture in esoteric, secret practices and in present-day forms of suggestion and disenchantment with the atmosphere of those unpredictable soirees that shapes the ecology of “the night out” ... “Abracadabra” stands for narratives that produce an exuberant surplus energy to explore alternative ways of engaging with space and time."

Applications to participate in the biennial's main project are accepted from artists of up to 35 years of age.

Curators of up to 35 years of age will be able to submit applications with their concepts for the biennial's strategic projects that will take place at National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) and Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA).

Applications are accepted at www.youngart.ru from September 21 until November 20, 2017.

Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, curator of the 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. Photo: Nikolay Zverkov

Logo above is Courtesy of the 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art.

Anna is a graduate of Moscow’s Photo Academy, with a previous background in intellectual property rights. In 2012 she founded the company Perspectiva Art, dealing in art consultancy, curatorship, and the coordination of exhibitions. During the bilateral year between Russia and The Netherlands in 2013, Perspectiva Art organized a tour for a Dutch artist across Russia, as well as putting together several exhibitions in the Netherlands, curated by Anna. Since October 2014, Anna has taken an active role the development and management of ArtDependence Magazine. Anna interviews curators and artists, in addition to reviewing books and events, and collaborating with museums and art fairs.

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