Jury

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Under the coordination of Ximena Caminos, Chair and Artistic Director of Faena Art, the 2018 selection jury will include: Carlos Basualdo, Chair Faena Circle and Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Andrea Bellini, Director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève; Anita Dube, artist and curator of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018; Pablo León de la Barra, Curator, Latin America, Guggenheim Museum, New York and curator of the 2016 Faena Prize winner Roger Hiorns; and Franklin Sirmans, Director, Pérez Art Museum Miami. The advisor to the Faena Prize is curator Jesús Fuenmayor.

While maintaining the open call, Faena Prize also features a Nominating Committee that will include fourteen curators and museum directors from around the world. These nominations will be anonymous and will be reviewed by the Faena Prize Jury along with all open call submissions.

The Nominating Committee will include: Carla Acevedo-Yates (Assistant Curator, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, USA); Fernanda Brenner (Artistic Director, Pivô, Brasil); Cosmin Costinas (Executive Director and Curator, Para Site, Hong Kong); José Diaz (Curator, The Andy Warhol Museum, USA); Elvira Dyangani Ose (Senior Curator, Creative Time, USA); Marina Fokidis (Founding and Editorial Director of South as a State of Mind Journal, Greece); Juan Gaitán (Director, Museo Tamayo, Mexico); Natasha Ginwala (Curator and writer, India); Rita González (Curator and Acting Department Head, LACMA, USA); Teresa Iarocci Mavica (Director, V-A-C Foundation, Russia); Sharon Lerner (Curator, Museo de Arte de Lima MALI, Peru); Lucrecia Palacios (Curator, MALBA, Argentina); Claire Tancons (Curator, Sharjah Biennial 14); and Christine Tohmé (Director, Ashkal Alwan, Lebanon)

2018 Faena Prize Jury

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Carlos Basualdo is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he oversees the Museum's Department of Contemporary Art. He was the lead organizer of “Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens” that represented the United States at the 2009 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. In 2010, he organized a survey exhibition of the work of the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, a collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and MAXXI (Museo nazionale delle arti del secolo XXI), where it traveled in the spring of 2011. In 2012, he organized “Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg and Duchamp,” which opened at the Barbican Gallery in 2013. Most recently, he organized “Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Exhibition” which opened it the summer of 2016. 

Basualdo was part of the curatorial teams for Documenta 11 and the 50th Venice Biennale, and he conceived and curated “Tropicalia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture,” which traveled from the MCA Chicago to the Barbican Gallery in London (2004/2005) as well as the Bronx Museum in New York and the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro (2006/2007). From 2010 until 2013, he worked as Curator at Large at MAXXI Arte in Rome, Italy. 

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Andrea Bellini has been the Director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève since 2012. He has previously been co-director of Castello di Rivoli, director of the art fair Artissima, curatorial advisor at MoMA PS1 and editor in chief of Flash Art International. Since arriving at the Centre, he has relaunched the Biennale of Moving Images, imagining a new format combining exhibition and place of production which aims at building a relationship with artists by commissioning and producing new works. Bellini is also a member of many committees such as the CERN’s, and is a visiting professor at the IULM University in Milan, and ECAL in Lausanne. 

Anita Dube is an artist and has been named the curator for the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), beginning December 2018. Dube’s select solo exhibitions include Yours Disparately (Nature Morte, New Delhi, 2014), Chance Pieces (Nature Morte, Berlin, 2013), Eye, etc. (Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai, 2013), Babel (Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris, 2011), Kal (Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai, 2010), Phantoms of Liberty (Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, 2007), Illegal (Nature Morte, New Delhi; Bose Pacia, New York, Gallery SKE, Bangalore, 2005). Her works have been presented at Biennale Jogja XI (Indonesia, 2011), 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2009), iCon: India Contemporary, Venice Biennale (Collateral, 2005), Yokohama Triennale (Japan, 2001) and the 7th Havana Biennial (Cuba, 2000). Dube also participated in the groundbreaking 2009 exhibition, Indian Highway, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones and Gunnar B. Kvaran.  

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Pablo León de la Barra, Curator, Latin America at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and associate curator at MASP, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, was born in Mexico City in 1972, and holds a Ph.D. in Histories and Theories from the Architectural Association, London. He was previously the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America (2013-2016) at the same institution and Director of the Casa França-Brasil in Rio de Janeiro (2015-16). León de la Barra has organized or co-organized exhibitions at institutions worldwide including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; MOCAD, Detroit; South London Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Zürich; Museo Tamayo and Museo Jumex, Mexico; TEOR/éTica, San José, Costa Rica; Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara; Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro. He was founder and co-curator of the 1st and 2nd Bienal Tropical, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2011 and 2016), cocurator of SITE Santa Fe Biennial, New Mexico (2016) and curator of the Mexican Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale.  

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Franklin Sirmans is the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Previously, he was the department head and curator of contemporary art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 2010 until fall 2015. At LACMA Sirmans organized "Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada, which travels to the Wexner Center for the Arts" in January 2016. He also curated "Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting", "Futbol: The Beautiful Game, Ends" and "Exits: Contemporary Art from the Collections of LACMA and the Broad Art Foundation," and coorganized the exhibition "Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection." From 2006 to 2010, he was curator of modern and contemporary Art at The Menil Collection in Houston where he organized several exhibitions including "NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith", "Steve Wolfe: Works on Paper", "Maurizio Cattelan: Is Their Life Before Death?" and "Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-1966." He is the 2007 David C. Driskell Prize Winner and he was the artistic director of Prospect.3 New Orleans from 2012-2014.

2016 Faena Prize Jury

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Carlos Basualdo is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he oversees the Museum's Department of Contemporary Art. He was the lead organizer of “Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens” that represented the United States at the 2009 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. In 2010, he organized a survey exhibition of the work of the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, a collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and MAXXI (Museo nazionale delle arti del secolo XXI), where it traveled in the spring of 2011. In 2012, he organized “Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg and Duchamp,” which opened at the Barbican Gallery in 2013. Most recently, he organized “Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Exhibition” which opened it the summer of 2016. 

Basualdo was part of the curatorial teams for Documenta 11 and the 50th Venice Biennale, and he conceived and curated “Tropicalia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture,” which traveled from the MCA Chicago to the Barbican Gallery in London (2004/2005) as well as the Bronx Museum in New York and the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro (2006/2007). From 2010 until 2013, he worked as Curator at Large at MAXXI Arte in Rome, Italy. 

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Achim Borchardt-Hume is Director of Exhibitions at Tate Modern. Borchardt-Hume joined Tate Modern as Head of Exhibitions in November 2012. His recent projects include Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture, the first major Malevich restropective in the UK and the Richard Tuttle Turbine Hall commission. Chief Curator of the Whitechapel Gallery from 2009-2012, he curated exhibitions and projects by Zarina Bhimji, Mel Bochner, Giuseppe Penone, Walid Raad and Wilhelm Sasnal. Previously, Borchardt-Hume was a Curator of Modern and Contemporary art at Tate Modern from 2005-2009 where he curated several exhibitions including Rothko (2008) and Albers and Moholy-Nagy (2006).  Prior to this, he also held the position of Exhibition Organizer at the Serpentine Gallery and of Acting Head of the Barbican Art Gallery. In 2012, Borchardt-Hume organized Gerhard Richter's first exhibition in Lebanon at the Beirut Art Center. He also contributed to Gerhard Richter: Panorama, the catalogue accompanying the artist's retrospective at Tate Modern in 2011. German-born Borchardt-Hume holds a Ph.D in Art History and Theory from Essex University on art and politics in Fascist Italy.

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Caroline Bourgeois is the curator of the Pinault Collection in Paris and has organized numerous exhibitions around the world, such as Passage du temps (2007) at Lille’s Tripostal, Un certain état du monde (2009) at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, Qui a peur des artistes? (2009) in Dinard, À triple tour (2013) at the Conciergerie in Paris. In Venice she has curated In Praise of Doubt (2011- 2013), Prima Materia (2013-2014) with Michael Govan, and Slip of the Tongue (2015) in collaboration with Danh Vo, and Accrochage at Punta della Dogana, and The World Belongs to You (2011), Madame Fisscher (2012), Voice of Images (2012-2013), The Illusion of Light (2014- 2015) and Martial Raysse (2015) at Palazzo Grassi.

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Jesús Fuenmayor is a curator with more than 25 years of experience in the field. In 2015 he curated the exhibition Eugenio Espinoza: Unruly Supports (1970-1980) at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, as well as Gego: Autobiography of a Line at the Dominique Lévy Gallery in New York in 2016. From 2012 to 2015 he was Director and Curator of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation in Miami. Before that, from 2004 to 2011, he served as Director of the Fundación Periférico Caracas, also curating exhibitions on contemporary artists including Antoni Muntadas, Meyer Vaisman, Arocha + Schraenen, Jorge Pedro Núñez, Montserrat Soto, Jaime Gili, and Danilo Dueñas. He has organized curatorial workshops and seminars and published extensively in international art magazines as well as museum catalogs and anthologies of contemporary art.

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Victoria Noorthoorn is the Director of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires since August 2013. She received an M. A. in Art History from the University of Buenos Aires and an M. A. in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies in Bard College, New York. She has acted as Projects Coordinator of the International Program at MoMA, New York; Assistant Curator of Contemporary Exhibitions at The Drawing Center, New York; and Curator at Malba-Fundación Costantini in Buenos Aires. She has been independent between 2004 and 2013; during this time, she curated the 29th Pontevedra Art Biennial, in Pontevedra, Spain (2006); the 41 Salón Nacional de Artistas in Cali, Colombia (2008); the 7th Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2009); the 11ème Biennale de Lyon: A Terrible Beauty Is Born in France (2011); and The Circle Walked Casually, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin (2013), among many other exhibitions. In 2011, she was nominated finalist for The Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Excellence. In 2012, she was presented with the honors of the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2014, she was selected to attend the Global Museum Leaders Colloquium organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

2014 Faena Prize Jury

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Sonia Becce is an independent curator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has worked on various exhibitions throughout international institutions such as the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, MALBA in Buenos Aires and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. Becce has also been a key figure in collaborating with artist Guillermo Kuitca since 1987, working on projects with him including various publications and exhibitions in both museums and galleries.

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Caroline Bourgeois is the curator of the Pinault Collection in Paris and has organized numerous exhibitions around the world, such as Passage du temps (2007) at Lille’s Tripostal, Un certain état du monde (2009) at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, Qui a peur des artistes? (2009) in Dinard, À triple tour (2013) at the Conciergerie in Paris. In Venice she has curated In Praise of Doubt (2011- 2013), Prima Materia (2013-2014) with Michael Govan, and Slip of the Tongue (2015) in collaboration with Danh Vo, and Accrochage at Punta della Dogana, and The World Belongs to You (2011), Madame Fisscher (2012), Voice of Images (2012-2013), The Illusion of Light (2014- 2015) and Martial Raysse (2015) at Palazzo Grassi.

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Rita Gonzalez is Curator in the Contemporary Art department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she has curated Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement; Asco: Elite of the Obscure (during the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time festival); Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection; and Agnes Varda in Californialand, among other exhibitions and programs. Gonzalez’s curatorial collaboration with filmmaker Jesse Lerner, Mexperimental Cinema, was the first survey of Mexican experimental film and video. It traveled to museums and film festivals internationally and resulted in the first bilingual publication on the subject. From 1997-1999, she was the Lila Wallace Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. At MCA San Diego, she worked on numerous exhibitions, lectures & film programs, as well as serving as curatorial coordinator for William Kentridge: Weighing and Wanting. She also co-curated the 2006 California Biennial and Adria Julia: La Villa Basque at the Orange County Museum of Art, and 20 Years Ago Today at the Japanese American National Museum. Her essays appear in Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography (Duke University Press), Recent Pasts: Art in Southern California from 90s to Now (JRP|Ringier Zurich), California Video: Artists and Histories (Getty Publications), and the forthcoming monograph on Wu Tsang (JRP Ringier). Gonzalez is co-curating with Jose Luis Blondet and Pilar Tompkins Rivas an exhibition for the Pacific Standard Time initiative L.A./L.A. scheduled for 2017.

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Katie Sonnenborn is co-Director of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Sonnenborn formerly worked at Dia Art Foundation, where she started as assistant to then-director Michael Govan, and later became director of external affairs, leading preservation efforts at Dia’s Western Projects. Her writing appears in Performa catalogues, as well as Frieze and the Brooklyn Rail.