The International Jury of the 55th International Art Exhibition (June 1 – November 24 2013) has been appointed. The decision has been made by the Board of Directors of la Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, following the proposal of Director Massimiliano Gioni.

The International Jury is composed as follows:

Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy (Mexico), Francesco Manacorda (Italy), Jessica Morgan (Great Britain), Bisi Silva (Nigeria), Ali Subotnick (United States)

Jessica Morgan has been nominated as President of the Jury.

The International Jury will attribute the following prizes:

Golden Lion for best National Participation;

Golden Lion for best artist in the International Exhibition Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace);

Silver Lion for a promising young artist in the International Exhibition Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace).

Biographical notes

Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy

Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy is the chief curator of the 9a. Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil and curator  for contemporary art of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in New York and Caracas. She has been director of the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, curator of Art in General and of Americas Society, both based in New York.

Francesco Manacorda

Recently appointed Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool, Francesco Manacorda has previously been Director of Artissima, Turin and curator at Barbican Art Gallery, London. He has also curated the Slovenian pavilion at the 52nd International Art Exhibition and the New Zealand pavilion at the 53rd International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia

Jessica Morgan

Jessica Morgan is Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art, at Tate in London. She has organised numerous group and solo exhibitions for Tate Modern in London and was Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Morgan has published in art journals such as Parkett and Artforum.

Bisi Silva

Bisi Silvia is an independent art curator and is founder and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria. She was co- curator of the 7th Dakar Biennale and of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece. Silva writes for international art magazines and journals including Agufon, Artforum, Art Monthly, Metropolois M, Untitled, and Third Text, and she is in the editorial board of N. Paradoxa, international journal of feminist art.

Ali Subotnick

Ali Subotnick is curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, recently she has co-curated the first edition of Los Angeles Biennale, Made in L.A 2012. In the past she has co-curated the 4th Berlin Biennal for Contemporary Art with Massimiliano Gioni and Maurizio Cattelan. Subotnick has written about art and culture for Frieze, Parkett, ARTnews, and ArtReview among other publications.

Bisi Silva. Photo: Stephan Röhl, Flickr Creative Commons

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