The Series : « AICA »
The Author : Alfredo Cramerotti
Alfredo Cramerotti is a writer, curator and broadcaster. He is Director of MOSTYN, Wales; Advisor to the British Council Visual Arts Acquisition Committee and the Art Institutions of the 21st Century Foundation. His curatorial endeavors include three national pavilions at the Venice Biennale (2015 and 2013), the biennial Sequences VII Reykjavik, Iceland (2015) and Manifesta 8, Region of Murcia and Cartagena, Spain (2010). He is the editor of the Critical Photography book series since 2009, and his own publications include Forewords: Hyperimages and Hyperimaging (2018), Unmapping the City: Perspectives of Flatness (2010) and Aesthetic Journalism: How to Inform without Informing (2009).
The Author : Lauren Mele
Lauren Mele is an artist, writer and researcher based in London. Her writing and research focus on contemporary art dealing with politics of objective image production. She is a MFA graduate in contemporary art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art London (2010). Recent content and research contributions include “Zarina Bhimji: Lead White,” Tate Britain (2019); Serpenti in Arte (2016); Art and Politics Now (2014); Suspended (2013).
Publishing Partnership with AICA International
This text by Lauren Mele and Alfredo Cramerotti is published in partnership with AICA following an international call for participation launched at the end of 2019. Out of some sixty proposals for articles, fourteen have been selected and will be published from 28 August as part of Manifesta 13 Marseille within the programme « Les Parallèles du Sud ».
AICA (International Association of Art Critics) is an NGO founded in 1950 under UNESCO patronage for the purpose of reinforcing worldwide freedom of speech in the area of art criticism and ensure its diversity. Its missions include promoting the discipline in the visual arts by contributing to ensuring sound methodological foundations, protecting the moral and professional interests of art critics by defending the rights of all members equally, ensuring permanent communication among all members by encouraging national and international meetings, improving and facilitating information and international exchanges in the visual arts and contributing to reciprocal knowledge and closer understanding between differing cultures.
Associate publisher, the Emerige Endowment Fund
Emerige: a proactive patron of the arts
In the firm belief that art has the power to change our daily reality, Emerige is a corporate sponsor committed to contemporary creativity by bringing culture closer to everyone, but especially the youngest in society. The Emerige Endowment Fund encourages young French artists via its Emerige Revelations Grant Scheme and its support for arts and culture educational programmes.
As a company devoted to building more beautiful cities for everyone, Emerige also contributes to bringing more art into urban communities by acquiring or commissioning contemporary art pieces under the terms of the 1 Building, 1 Artwork charter.
Parallèles du Sud, Manifesta 13 Marseille
This series of publications published in partnership with AICA International (International Association of Art Critics) is one of the 86 projects labeled “Les Parallèles du Sud”, as part of MANIFESTA 13, which will take place in Marseille from 28 August to 29 November 2020.
Manifesta is the European Nomadic Biennial, which originated in the early 1990s in response to the political, economic, and social change following the end of the Cold War and the subsequent steps towards European integration. Manifesta has developed into a platform for dialogue between art and society by inviting the cultural and artistic community to produce new creative experiences with, and for, the context in which it takes place. Manifesta rethinks the relations between culture and society investigating and catalysing positive social change in Europe through contemporary culture in a continuous dialogue with the social sphere of a specific place.
Manifesta was founded by the Dutch art historian, Hedwig Fijen. Each new edition is fundraised individually and managed by a mix of permanent international team and local specialists. Manifesta is working from its offices in Amsterdam and Marseille.
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