The III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art 2012

 The III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art 2012Deadline: 15 december 2011

Eligibility: The call for applications for Biennale is open to Russian and foreign artists of new generation working in contemporary art using the latest strategies, concepts and technologies (works can be submitted: individual, collective or as part of curatorial project).
The new generation artists are considered those whose age at the time of Biennale opening does not exceed 35 years.

Theme: “”.

According to the curator Kathrin Becker, the theme of the Biennale shows no uniformity of the of subjects, languages and styles that are relevant to the young generation, but also reveals individual artistic positions of specific authors who were born between the mid-70s and 80s, and considers the process of their creative development.

The Biennale, as its forerunners, focuses on a young generation of artists aged up to 35 years. “Under A Tinsel Sun” assumes that, despite the cultural, economic and social differences that may exist between the participants from different countries, there is a common factor in the impossibility of locating oneself by belonging to certain peer groups (whether in the ideological or in the artistic sense).

Biennale for Young Art “Qui Vive? ” will be held July – August 2012 and will present works by young artists – objects, graphics, paintings, installations, photos, multimedia, videos, performances, sound art, etc. A special educational program will be introduced, consisting of a series of master classes, lectures and round tables with participation of art historians, critics, curators and artists from all over the world.

For the first time at the Biennale 2012 there will be a contest among the participants. The jury will include leading Russian and international experts in the field of contemporary art.

The main exhibition locations for the Biennale 2012 will be: Central House of Artists (CHA) , National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA), (MMoMa).

Under A Tinsel Sun is the title of the III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, which will be presented to the public starting in July 2012. The organizers are the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Department of Culture of the City of Moscow, the National Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA), Moscow, and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMoMA), in collaboration with (n.b.k.). Its curator is Kathrin Becker, Berlin.

The III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art 2012, as its forerunners, focuses on a young generation of artists aged up to 35 years. Titled Under A Tinsel Sun and laid out as a multimedia project, it portrays the heterogeneity of subjects, languages and styles, which are so urgent in this generation, and at the same time looks into the content-related positioning of these artists born between the mid-1970s and the mid-1980s, as well as into the conditions for their development in terms of content. Under A Tinsel Sun assumes that, despite the cultural, economic and social differences that may exist between the participants from different countries, there is a common factor in the impossibility of locating oneself by belonging to certain peer groups (whether in the ideological or in the artistic sense). Cultural science often refers to this as an “almost desperate isolation” (Wolfgang Kaschuba), as the final state of a development in the field of art that had already begun in the mid-1970s, manifesting itself in the end of the historical avant-gardes and in their reassessment as part of a dominant canon. The collapse of ideologies at the end of the 1980s and the dawning of the post-ideological age both play a role within this mesh, as much as the end of the narrative of youth culture representing the universal culture of renewal, induced by the merciless commercial exploitation of the subcultures in the mid-1990s, which in turn coincides with the onset of commercial availability of the World Wide Web in 1994.

In this decisionistic ground state with its infinite possibilities of free decision and development and, as a consequence, with the absence of a “we”, the self-positioning of the (artistic) individual becomes the pressing imperative of the present, especially when being aware of the increasing medialization of the world, the loss of one’s own body and the indistinguishability of what is “real” and what is “fake”. The long established alleged bipolarity between reality and virtuality gives way to the consciousness that also “reality” as such is constructed, subjective and fragmented.

This realization becomes the drive for the artists’ self-positioning and for their production of works that no longer describe the phenomena surrounding them as “objective”, but that aspire to catalyze a multidimensional and alternative perception of the world. Poetic shifts, emotionality, subjective appropriation are the tools, which the artists of this generation operate with, intending to faciliate new ways of seeing.

With this being the focus, Under A Tinsel Sun. The III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art 2012 explores the works of the young generation of artists and presents drawing, painting, photography, video, performance, mixed media, installation and sound art. The exhibition project promotes the critical examination of the conditions for artistic production today. It is accompanied by an extensive publication (in English and Russian, with numerous illustrations, essays and short texts about the participating artists).

Applications for curator’s projects are accepted only from organizations on the condition of guarantied exposition space and financial support.

The call for applications is open for the authors of projects (artists and curators if curatorial project is applied).

The submission of applications is free. No authors’ and curators’ royalties are to be paid. Copyright remains with the authors. Production and exhibition budget are not guaranteed by the organizers of Biennale.

Both executed and exhibited projects as well as unrealized being in a stage of detailed outline can be submitted to Biennale. There are no restrictions on the number of work, type, genre and techniques.

The curator / curatorial team reviews all the applications and selects participants for Biennale.

Curator of the Biennale 2012 is Katrin Becker (Berlin), curator at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)

Kathrin Becker

Kathrin Becker is a Berlin based curator and writer who currently works as the head of the Video-Forum of the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.).
Having studied art history and Slavic languages in Bochum, Moscow, and St. Petersburg, she made her first experiences as a curator in the field of cultural exchange between Russia and the West. From the late 1990s, Becker developed an international curatorial profile and worked in the field of the interference of popular and high cultures, global visual languages, and institutional practice as a method of cultural foreign policies between Western, East European and Middle Eastern societies.
Becker has curated numerous exhibitions in institutions such as Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin; National Centre For Contemporary Art, Moscow; P.S. 1 Museum/The Institute of Contemporary Art, New York; National Museum for Contemporary Art, Oslo; Fotomuseum Winterthur; Mies van der Rohe Pavillon, Barcelona; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; Gallery of the Capital Prague; Kunst-Werke Berlin/KW Institute for Contemporary Art; Moscow House of Photography. She has curated solo shows including artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Maryam Jafri, Matthias Müller, Andrei Monastyrski, Hajnal Németh, Dmitri A. Prigov, Ming Wong and Artur Żmijewski and group shows such as Stalin´s Choice – Soviet Socialist Realism 1932-1956; Flight – Departure – Disappearance. Moscow Conceptual Art; Can you hear me? 2nd Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art; Remake Berlin; No more bad girls?.
Becker has published widely in exhibition catalogues and magazines and served on numerous curatorial teams, advisory boards and juries.

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