IHME Recommends: Visible


For the rest of 2015, the IHME Recommends page will be introducing public art producers abroad. ENPAP, or the Enlarged Network of Public Art Producers, was initiated by director of Mossutställningar in Stockholm Stella d’Ailly. The aim of the network is to combine forces in fund-raising and sharing of professional expertise – both producing and curating – between members. IHME is happy to introduce the members of the network.

Visible is a research project in contemporary art devoted to art work in the social sphere, operating since 2010 as an immaterial institution that aims to produce and sustain socially engaged artistic practices in a global context. Visible is a project undertaken by Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto in collaboration with Fondazione Zegna, curated by Matteo Lucchetti and Judith Wielander.

Visible produces the first European award for socially engaged artistic practices since 2011, and researches on the physical and theoretical spaces in which these practices can affect our contemporary societies, focusing on the expanding interdisciplinary approach of art and its practitioners within diverse social contexts. The award is assigned through a public jury organized every time within a different contemporary art museum, where a shortlist is selected from a long-list of ongoing projects coming from an open call and the nominations of an international advisory board of curators, renewed every second year. The jury session at its third edition will be hosted by Tate Liverpool and will take the shape of a temporary parliament, chaired by Chris Dercon, and composed by a group of experts operating in different fields of culture and anyone who will sign up to be part of it, on the last week of October in order to assess the merits of the artistic projects and select the winner of the 2015 Visible Award.

Visible will be present at the Creative Time Summit in the frame of the 56th Venice Biennale on the 11th of August with the event The Night Art Made the Future Visible, featuring performative works by Nastio Mosquito, Ahmet Ögüt in collaboration with Fino Blendax and Marinella Senatore.  The program draws inspiration from an unrealized work of Michelangelo Pistoletto, that the Italian artist proposed for the Venice Biennial in 1968. This unrealized art work is taken back 47 years later by the Visible project curators to host artistic practices that interpret the meaning of collaboration today in novel ways, while producing new spaces for critical consciousness and social imagination, that call into question the ethical and public implications of the role of the artists in our contemporaneity. During the night event the shortlisted projects for the 2015 Visible Award will be publicly revealed, starting the conversation that will lead to the public jury in the fall.

As a nomadic institution Visible has been hosted, through different formats and collaborations, by a large number of art institutions, such as Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Kunsthaus, Graz; Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco; Center for Historical Reenactments, Johannesburg; The Serpentine Gallery, London and others.


An introduction to the Visible project on YouTube