ARTVENICE BIENNALE IV announces high profile judges and extends entry deadline by Anna Salmeron

So The Biennial Project, the group putting together ArtVenice Biennale IV is very happy to announce that we are extending our entry deadline from Feb 15 until March 9th. Enter ArtVenice Biennale IV

Yay, that gives you, the artists whose work we are dying to see, three more weeks to enter ArtVenice Biennale IV!! Enter ArtVenice Biennale IV

So don’t delay, or delay a little now, but not too long, and submit your work!! We want to see it. So do our globally renowned jurors giving out special recognition individual prizes.

Just in case you did not see how cool our jurors are we have listed them and their credentials below. Most important to us is that fact that each of our special jurors have shown in one of the most recent Venice Biennales!

Argelia Bravo, 56th Venice Biennale, Venezuelan Pavilion, born  in Caracas in 1962, studied at the Central University of Venezuela (1980-1983), at the School of Visual Arts Cristóbal Rojas (Caracas, 1979-1981) and at the Centro de Educacion Gráfica CEGRA (Caracas, 1981-1983).  Noted Venezuelan artist whose work has been influencial in transfiguring the relations between art, society, politics and culture in general. Her body of work celebrates the essence of the woman, mapping power that emerges outside the official structures of society.

Binelde Hyrcan, 56th Venice Biennale, Angolian Pavilion, born in 1982 in Luanda, grew up in Angola. Shocked by the images of war in his youth, he saw the real consequences of political decisions. His work across painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance and installation often addresses the absurdity represented by political and social customs and attitudes, particular critiquing structure and power and human vanity. He has exhibited widely across the globe.

Camille Zakharia, 55th Venice Biennale, Bahrain Pavilion, was born in Tripoli, Lebanon in 1962 and lives between Bahrain and Canada. As an exile of the decades-long Lebanese Civil War, Zakharia’s itinerary is a tale of immigration, between the United States, Turkey, Greece, and ultimately Canada and Bahrain. The celebrated photographer, graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, is an experienced surveyor of the contemporary human condition as it has become inherently entangled with processes of migration, immigration, globalization and displacement. Within this process is an exploration of home, identity and belonging in the context of a globalized condition. He has received numerous accolades for his work including the first place prize in the International Photography Awards in 2006 and 2007. He has exhibited widely.

George Camille 56 Venice Biennale, Seychelles Pavillion, born on the island of Mahe in 1963. From a young age, he took an interest in working in Charcoal & Pencil. His works developed into Watercolour, Gouache & Acrylic. He studied at Blackheath Collage of Art and Goldsmiths College, both in London. In 1987 he established Sunstroke Studio Seychelles which provided him with a means to continue his design activities and his fine art work. Taking his cues from his native Seychelles landscapes, he has incorporated elements of ‘objet trouvé’ into mixed media work experimenting with metal, resin & relief work. George has had solo & group exhibitions in Seychelles, Mauritius, Martinique, Reunion, UK France, Germany and Beijing, China.

Nigol Bezjian, 56th Venice Biennale, Part of the Armenian Dispora Pavilion, Golden Lion Winner, was born in September 11,1955 in Aleppo, Syria, to Armenian parents. He immigrated first to Lebanon, before immigrating to Boston in 1974. He studied filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and then the UCLA School of Film, Theatre and Television where he graduated with a MFA. After having worked for Future TV in Lebanon, he was involved in producing broadcast television programs throughout the Middle East. For several years he has owned a production company; Think Positive, providing production services in Lebanon, producing documentaries, consulting to TV station and producing TV shows. He is a director and writer.

Nizar Sabour, 54th Venice Biennale, Syrian Pavilion, born in Lattakia, Syria 1958, he graduated from the Department of Painting and Drawing in the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Damascus in 1981. He later pursued a Doctorate of Philosophy in Sciences of Art at the University of Moscow in 1990. He now teaches at the University of Damascus and is a Professor at the International Private University for Science & Technology in  Ghabagheb, Syria. His work tends to have religious undertones, focusing on the artist’s fascination with religious imagery and icons, whether Christian, Islamic or pagan. However he treats these elements in a very non-traditional manner and purposefully counterbalances any religiosity by employing colours and a technique that is more reminiscent of Dada collages than the precision of religious iconography. In 2004, he was awarded the first prize in painting at the International Art Symposium in Dubai.

Togmidshiirev Enkhbold, 56th Venice Biennale, Mongolian Pavilion, born 1978 in Uvurkhangai province he graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts, Ulaanbaatar in 2005, where he now teaches. In addition he is a member of the Blue Sun Group. Founded in 2002, the Blue Sun Group is an artists group that supports emerging artists and alternative art practices. They maintain a studio complex and a gallery space in Ulaanbaatar city centre. Raised in a nomadic family Enkhbold moved to the Mongolian capital city Ulaanbaatar in 1998 to study. Using his own scaled down, self-built version of a ger, the mobile circular living structure traditionally used by nomadic Mongolian families, Enkhbold uses performance to explore geographic and contextual shifts.

Horst Uhlemann, 54th Venice Biennale, Costa Rica Pavillion, born 1959, lives in Pottsdam, Germany. Since 1997 he is a member of the group “utopia” in italy. He likes his paintings to be understood as single pages of a book, which have their own signification and authorization. They don’t announce what he seeks, but what he has found. Through the immediate vitality of his colors and compositions, the combination of different techniques and materials the tensions become an experience.

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