Open call for the Pavilion of Finland at the Venice Biennale 2017

Application deadline: January 10, 2016


Frame Visual Art Finland invites proposals for the Pavilion of Finland at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.

Frame Visual Art Finland is seeking project proposals that examine independence as something formed through complex processes of dependence—ranging from natural resources and labour, language and religion to geopolitics, international commerce and law. The logic of exclusion, forgetting and silencing, is also to be recognised as foundational in the construction of national identity.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence in 2017, we face an urgent need to reflect on how this is enfolded within the many histories as well as possible futures in a global realm ravaged today by many simultaneous, intertwined crises. The Pavilion of Finland, located in the Giardini in Venice, offers an acute critical context for this reflection.

Proposals may be submitted by a curator working together with an artist or vice versa. The curator and the artist can be individual or a collective. The artists must be based in Finland or be Finnish citizens.

The deadline for the applications is January 10, 2016. The international jury will invite 3–5 applicants to develop their proposals further. 

In April 2016, one project will be selected to be realised for the Pavilion of Finland at the Venice Biennale 2017. In addition to the Biennale exhibition, an extensive programme of research and debate as well as a publication will be produced based on the outcome of the open call.

The jury members:
Taru Elfving
, Head of Programme, Frame Visual Art Finland

Katerina Gregos, Curator and Writer
Leevi Haapala, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Maaretta Jaukkuri, Curator
Sarat Maharaj, Curator and Writer, Professor, Lund University
Patrik Söderlund, Artist, Venice Biennale 2015
Chaired by Raija Koli, Director of Frame Visual Art Finland

Read more and see the application guidelines here.

More information
Raija Koli, Director, Frame Visual Art Finland,

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