Joao Pedro Vale
Fernando Sanchez Castillo
Pedro Cabrita Reis
The 1st Edition of the Seville International Biennial of Contemporary Art (BIACS) will be held at the Monasterio de la Cartuja de Santa MarÃa de las Cuevas. Under the title 'La alegria de mis suenos' (The joy of my dreams), taken out from the lyrics by the native 'cantaor' from Cadiz Camaron de la Isla, the director of the Exhibition, the prestigious Swiss curator Prof. Harald Szeeman, will offer a wide exhibition emerging from the liveliest and current artistic creation.
From October 1st to December 5th, the 1st Edition of the Seville International Biennial of Contemporary Art (BIACS) will be held at the Monasterio de la Cartuja de Santa MarÃa de las Cuevas. Under the title "La alegrÃa de mis suenos" (The joy of my dreams), taken out from the lyrics by the native "cantaor" from CÃ¡diz CamarÃ³n de la Isla, the director of the Exhibition, the prestigious Swiss curator Prof. Harald Szeeman, will offer a wide exhibition emerging from the liveliest and current artistic creation.
BIACS is promoted and supported by a private organization, the International Biennial Foundation of Contemporary Art of Seville, a private body, integrated by 28 members from sevillian companies; businessmencom and intellectuals, that will lead the project in the present and coming editions.
Harald Szeemann, responsible for the Documenta of Kassel in the seventies and director of the Visual Arts Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia in 1999 and 2001, knows very well the Monasterio de La Cartuja considering it as one of the best spaces in the world to organize a Biennial. His artistic project is conceived to exploit the unique nature of The Monastery and the city of Seville: "My criteria is poetry in the space, hoping that viewers feel the Biennial as an adventure for the spirit and the heart. Every exhibition is a challenge to find the right answer to nowadays sought for artistic creativity. It is not a question of showing what is best at the moment, but to discover what will be the path, in the nearest future, for this unpredictable affair which is the arts".
For this first edition, Szeemann will present young artists of a critical and even subversive spirit. Artists of great "creative strength" like Erzen Shkololli and Xhafa (Serbia-Montenegro), Maja Bajevic (Bosnia), Mark Verlan (Moldavia), Biljana Djurdjevic (Serbia); Olaf Nicolai, Neo Rauch and Tobias Rehberger from Germany. Young talented such as Sthephen Dean (France), Euan MacDonald (England), Andreas Savva (Greece) Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba and Chiharu Chiota (Japan); Xiaohu Zhou (China); Shazia Sikander (Pakistan); GÃ¼lsÃ¼n Karamustafa, Sener Ã–zmen & Erka Ã–zgen (Turkey). Artists who will produce in situ like Olaf Nicolai (Alemania), JoÃ£o Pedro Vale (Portugal), Fernando SÃ¡nchez Castillo (Spain), Chiharu Shiota (Japan), Pedro Cabrita Reis (Portugal), Ulrich RÃ¼ckriem (Germany) and Sislej Xhafa (Serbia-Montenegro).
The BIACS would like to highlight the steel sculpture by Richard Serra "The Union of the Torus and the Sphere"; the skating rink by Michael Majerus "If you are dead, so it is" and "the derailment" by Juan Munoz.
BIACS will also include "the Cultural Biennial" under the banner "Hospitality and Tollerance", it will offer a great cultural variety in the following areas: cinema; scenic arts; music; literature and architecture. A programme that have counted on specialists from the international agenda, thus, for the architecture symposium have already confirmed attendance Zaha Hadid, Peter Eisenman, Jaque Herzog, Jean Nouvel, Richard Rogers, Ãlvaro Siza Vieira, Rafael Moneo and the Sevillians Rafael Ortiz y Antonio Cruz.
List of artists and works proposed by Harlad Szeemann:
AlbarracÃn , Pilar
Alptekin, HÃ¼seyin Barhi
Bajević , Maja
Beqiri , Sokol
Cabrita Reis , Pedro
Canogar , Daniel
Djurdević , Biljana
Dragoljub Todosijević, Rasa
Emin , Tracey
GarcÃa Rodero, Cristina
Gerda Steiner, & , JÃ¶rg Lenzlinger
LÃ³pez Cuenca, Rogelio
Monge , Priscilla
Ocampo , Manuel
SÃ¡nchez Castillo, Fernando
Sernen Ã–zmen, & Erkan Ã–zgen
Serra , Richard
Sierra , Santiago
Sikander , Shahzia
TichÃ½ , Miroslav
Vale, JoÃ£o Pedro
Wurm , Erwin
International Biennial Foundation of Contemporary Art of Seville
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