The exhibition is an official Collateral Event of the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. It will be on view in the spectacular setting of the Palazzo Contarini Polignac from 12 May to 13 August 2017.
The 21 artists on show this year in Venice, chosen from amongst 4,500 entries, include among others the winner of the $100,000 Future Generation Art Prize 2017, the South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape, and the winner of the $20,000 Special Prize, Kenyan/British artist Phoebe Boswell.
In addition there will be new work by the other shortlisted artists who are: Njideka Akunyili Crosby (Nigeria / United States), Iván Argote (Colombia / France), Firelei Báez (Dominican Republic / United States), Vivian Caccuri (Brazil), Sol Calero (Venezuela / Germany), Asli Çavuşoğlu (Turkey), Vajiko Chachkhiani (Georgia / Germany), Carla Chaim (Brazil), Christian Falsnaes (Denmark / Germany), EJ Hill (United States), Andy Holden (United Kingdom), Li Ran (China), Ibrahim Mahama (Ghana), Rebecca Moss (United Kingdom), Sasha Pirogova (Russia), Kameelah Janan Rasheed (United States), Martine Syms (United States), Kemang Wa Lehulere (South Africa), Open Group (Ukraine).
The curatorial concern to make the exhibition more than a mere representation of 21 artists gave way to a majority of new in-situ produced works that often share an interest in a complex socio-political narrative that explores history – both in a personal and geo-political sense. Themes that arise from seemingly topical colonial legacy and the precarious human condition today, translate into the works that engage in a dialogue or confront with the context of Palazzo Contarini Polignac and its historical importance. They challenge an understanding of the contemporary world, poised between the personal and the collective, familiar and uncanny, imaginary and real.
As a whole this exhibition, at times, suggests possibilities for tomorrow. This attempt to envisage future scenarios in a world defined by precariousness and uncertainties is confronted with in-depth exploration of the question of social responsibility of the artist not only as a visionary of the future but foremost as an advocate for change.
The Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice 2017 exhibition is curated by Björn Geldhof, Artistic Director of the PinchukArtCentre and invited curator Anna Smolak.
The Future Generation Art Prize is widely acknowledged as a springboard for emerging talent. Lynette Yiadom Boakye won the Prize in 2012, before going on to be shortlisted for the Turner Prize and have a highly successful solo show at the Serpentine Gallery in London. The winner of the first edition of the Prize, Cinthia Marcelle, will represent Brazil at the 57th International Art Exhibition. Carlos Motta, winner of the Prize in 2014, has been the subject of solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1; New Museum of Contemporary Art; and The Tanks, Tate Modern. Another recipient of the Main Prize in 2014, Nástio Mosquito, had his solo shows in Museum of Modern Art and Tanks, Tate Modern; his works were also presented at 29th São Paulo Biennial, the 52nd and 56th Biennale di Venezia.
The winners of the Future Generation Art Prize 2017 were announced at an exhibition at PinchukArtCentre, which opened in February 2017, chosen from the shortlist by a distinguished international jury consisting of Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator, Public Art Fund, New York; Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Björn Geldhof, Artistic Director, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv and YARAT, Baku; Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Curator, 21st Biennale of Sydney 2018; Koyo Kouoh, Founding Artistic Director, Raw Material Company, Dakar; Jochen Volz, curator of the 32nd São Paulo Biennial and General director of Pinacoteca, São Paulo, Brazil; Jérôme Sans, Co-Founder, Palais de Tokyo Paris and Artistic Director, Perfect Crossovers, Paris-Beijing.
Launched in 2009 by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, the Future Generation Art Prize is a worldwide contemporary art prize, created to discover, recognise and give long-term support to a future generation of artists. It is important contribution to the open participation of younger artists in the dynamic cultural development of societies in global transition.
A distinguished Board oversees the Future Generation Art Prize. With Victor Pinchuk as its Chairman, the Board includes four patron artists Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami, the collectors Eli Broad, Dakis Joannou, Elton John, Miuccia Prada and museum directors Richard Armstrong (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum), Glenn D. Lowry (The Museum of Modern Art, New York), and Alfred Pacquement (former Director of the Musée Nationale d'Art Moderne and Centre Georges Pompidou).
Palazzo Contarini Polignac
Dorsoduro 874, Venice, Italy
Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm daily (Mondays off). Admission is free.
Preview Days: 10 – 12 May 10 am – 6 pm
Press preview: Thursday 11 May 11:30
Opening Reception: Thursday 11 May (by invitation only)
Commissioned and promoted by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation