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Official Awards of the 55th International Art Exhibition

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06 | 01 | 2013

The Jury of the 55th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia chaired by Jessica Morgan (Great Britain) and comprised of Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy (Mexico), Francesco Manacorda (Italy), Bisi Silva (Nigeria), and Ali Subotnick (United States) has decided to confer the awards as follows:
 
Golden Lion for Best National Participation to Angola
Luanda, Encyclopedic City
Edson Chagas
Commissioner: Ministry of Culture. Curators: Beyond Entropy (Paula Nascimento, Stefano Rabolli Pansera), Jorge Gumbe. Venue: Palazzo Cini, Dorsoduro 864
 
Golden Lion for the best artist in the International Exhibition Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace) to Tino Sehgal
(Great Britain, 1976; Central Pavilion, Giardini)
 
Silver Lion for a promising young artist in the International Exhibition Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace) to Camille Henrot
(France, 1978; Corderie, Arsenale)
 
The Jury has also decided to assign four special mentions.
Special mentions for artists of the International Exhibition Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace):
Sharon Hayes
(USA, 1970; Corderie, Arsenale)
 
Roberto Cuoghi
(Italy, 1973; Corderie, Arsenale)
 
Special mentions for National Participations:
Cyprus and Lithuania
Cyprus
Oo
Lia Haraki, Maria Hassabi, Phanos Kyriacou, Constantinos Taliotis, Natalie Yiaxi, Morten Norbye Halvorsen, Jason Dodge, Gabriel Lester, Dexter Sinister
Commissioner: Louli Michaelidou. Deputy Commissioners: Angela Skordi, Marika Ioannou. Curator: Raimundas Malašauskas. Venue: Palasport Arsenale, Castello (Calle San Biagio)
 
Lithuania
oO
Gintaras Didžiapetris, Elena Narbutaite, Liudvikas Buklys, Kazys Varnelis, Vytaute Žilinskaite, Morten Norbye Halvorsen, Jason Dodge, Gabriel Lester, Dexter Sinister
Commissioners: Jonas Žokaitis, Aurime Aleksandraviciute. Curator: Raimundas Malašauskas.
Venue:
Palasport Arsenale, Castello (Calle San Biagio)
 
Japan
abstract speaking - sharing uncertainty and collective acts
Koki Tanaka
Commissioner: The Japan Foundation. Curator: Mika Kuraya. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini.
 
The Awards Ceremony of the 55th International Art Exhibition took place today June 1st,  2013 at the Giardini, 11 am. The Board of la Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, also awarded Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement under director Massimiliano Gioni’s proposal to Maria Lassnig (born 1919 in Kappel am Krappfeld, Austria) and Marisa Merz (born in 1926 in Turin, Italy).

 
The awards of the International Jury are assigned with the following motivations:
Golden Lion for best artist in the International Exhibition Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace) to Tino Sehgal for the excellence and innovation that his practice has brought opening the field of artistic disciplines.
 
Silver Lion for a promising young artist in the International Exhibition Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace) to Camille Henrot for contributing a new work that in a sensuous and dynamic manner is able to capture our times.
 
A special mention for Sharon Hayes for making us re-think the importance of alterity and the complexity of the interplay between the personal and public.
 
Another special mention for Roberto Cuoghi for the significant and compelling contribution to the International Exhibition.
 
The Jury paid particular attention to countries that managed to provide original insight into expanded practice within their region. The collaborative nature of each of the chosen Pavilions was a palpable experience.
 
Golden Lion for Best National Participation to Angola for the curators and artist who together reflect on the irreconcilability and complexity of site.
 
A special mention to Lithuania and Cyprus for an original curatorial format that brings together two countries in a singular experience.
 
Another special mention to Japan for the poignant reflection on issues of collaboration and failure.