Sunday, August 05, 2007

SITE SANTA FE BIENNIAL IN 2008

PLATFORM GARANTI IS ONE OF THE SITE SANTA FE GLOBAL PARTNERS FOR SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL EXHIBITION IN 2008

Laura Steward Heon, Director of SITE Santa Fe and Lance Fung, SITE’s 2008 Biennial curator announced the international partners for the Seventh International Biennial exhibition scheduled to run from June 22 through October 26, 2008.

Fung aims to redefine the paradigm of a biennial through international collaboration by establishing a unique global partnership with a variety of non-profit visual arts organizations that share SITE’s same enthusiasm and commitment to mission. As of press time, he has selected 15 geographically and culturally diverse institutions to participate in the 2008 Biennial. Each partnering organization will propose three artists whose work best represents that institution’s ideological framework and curatorial philosophy. From this group, Mr. Fung will select one artist from each institution to participate in his biennial exhibition. These chosen artists will come to Santa Fe and create a new commissioned work for the Biennial.

Fung commented: 'I want to do more than just another big group exhibition - I want to redefine the biennial through collaboration and offer a new approach in keeping with the history of SITE's Biennials. I want to find other like-minded organizations worldwide that share the same energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to mission that SITE has. My goals are to raise awareness of SITE itself, showcase the flavor of each collaborator, inspire learning, and bring people together for a broad sea-change in visual arts programming.

The international partners for the 2008 SITE Santa Fe Biennial are: Gertrude Street, Melbourne, Victoria; The Power Plant, Toronto; Centre for International Cultural Exchange, Ministry of Culture, P.R.C. Beijing; Ullens Center for the Arts, Beijing' Townhouse, Cairo; Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta, Milan; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Raster Gallery, Warsaw; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Centro de Arte Santa Mónica (CASM), Barcelona; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul; Institute of American Indian Arts Museum (IAIA), Santa Fe