60th International Art Exhibition: Official Awards

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The 60th International Art Exhibition will take place from Saturday 20 April to Sunday 24 November, 2024 (pre-opening on April 17, 18 and 19), curated by Adriano Pedrosa. “I am honored and humbled by this prestigious appointment, especially as the first Latin American to curate the International Art Exhibition, and in fact the first one based in the Southern Hemisphere”, Pedrosa commented.

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Adriano Pedrosa (Brazil) is currently the artistic director of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – MASP, where he has curated many exhibitions, including Histories of Dance (2020) and Brazilian Histories (2022). He has recently been appointed the 2023 recipient of the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence, that was presented to him by the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York.

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The Jury of the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, comprising Julia Bryan-Wilson (USA), President of the Jury, Alia Swastika (Indonesia), Chika Okeke-Agulu (Nigeria), Elena Crippa (Italy), and María Inés Rodríguez (France/Colombia), has decided to present the following awards:

Golden Lion for Best National Participation:
kith and kin
Commissioner: Creative Australia
Curator: Ellie Buttrose
Exhibitor: Archie Moore
Venue: Giardini

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A special mention have been awarded to the following National Participation:
The Echoing Silences of Metal and Skin
Commissioner: Hana Halilaj, National Gallery of Kosovo
Curators: Erëmirë Krasniqi
Exhibitor: Doruntina Kastrati
Venue: Museo Storico Navale, Riva S. Biasio 2148

Golden Lion for the Best Participant in the International Exhibition:
Mataaho Collective
(Founded in Aotearoa, New Zealand in 2012. Based in Aotearoa, New Zealand)

Silver Lion for a Promising Young Participant in the International Exhibition:
Karimah Ashadu
(London, UK, 1985. Lives in Hamburg, Germany and Lagos, Nigeria)

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The Jury has decided to award two special mentions to the following participants:

Samia Halaby
(Jerusalem, Palestine, 1936. Lives in New York City, USA)

La Chola Poblete
(Mendoza, Argentina, 1989. Lives Buenos Aires, Argentina)

The Awards Ceremony of the 60th International Art Exhibition took place on April 20th, 2024, at Ca’ Giustinian. Upon recommendation of the Curator of the 60th Exhibition Adriano Pedrosa two Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement go to Italian-born Brazilian artist Anna Maria Maiolino and to the Paris-based Turkish artist Nil Yalter.

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