June 6, 2007 - SITE Santa Fe - GLOBAL PARTNERS FOR EXHIBITION IN 2008
June 6, 2007

GLOBAL PARTNERS FOR EXHIBITION IN 2008

SITE SANTA FE ANNOUNCES GLOBAL PARTNERS FOR SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL EXHIBITION IN 2008

Laura Steward Heon, Director of SITE Santa Fe and Lance Fung, SITEs 2008 Biennial curator, are pleased to announce the international partners for the Seventh International Biennial exhibition scheduled to run from June 22 through October 26, 2008. Opening weekend festivities are scheduled from June 20-22.

Fung aims to redefine the paradigm of a biennial through international collaboration by establishing a unique global partnership with a variety of non-profit visual arts organizations that share SITEs same enthusiasm and commitment to mission. As of press time, he has selected 15 geographically and culturally diverse institutions to participate in the 2008 Biennial. Each partnering organization will propose three artists whose work best represents that institutions ideological framework and curatorial philosophy. From this group, Mr. Fung will select one artist from each institution to participate in his biennial exhibition. These chosen artists will come to Santa Fe and create a new commissioned work for the Biennial.

Fung commented: ‘I want to do more than just another big group exhibition – I want to redefine the biennial through collaboration and offer a new approach in keeping with the history of SITE’s Biennials. I want to find other like-minded organizations worldwide that share the same energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to mission that SITE has. My goals are to raise awareness of SITE itself, showcase the flavor of each collaborator, inspire learning, and bring people together for a broad sea-change in visual arts programming.

The international partners for the 2008 SITE Santa Fe Biennial are:

AUSTRALIA: Gertrude Street, Melbourne, Victoria, www.gertrude.org.au
CANADA: The Power Plant, Toronto, www.thepowerplant.org
CHINA: Centre for International Cultural Exchange, Ministry of Culture, P.R.C. Beijing, www.seechina.com.cn
CHINA: Ullens Center for the Arts, Beijing, www.ullens-center.org
EGYPT: Townhouse, Cairo, www.thetownhousegallery.com
ENGLAND: Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead www.balticmill.com
FRANCE: Palais de Tokyo, Paris, www.palaisdetokyo.com
ITALY: Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta, Milan, www.mazzotta.it
ITALY: Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, www.fondsrr.org
POLAND: Raster Gallery, Warsaw, www.raster.art.pl
SCOTLAND: The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, www.fruitmarket.co.uk
SPAIN: Centro de Arte Santa Mónica (CASM), Barcelona, www.centredartsantamonica.net
TURKEY: Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, www.platformgaranti.blogspot.com
USA: Institute of American Indian Arts Museum (IAIA), Santa Fe, New Mexico, www.iaia.edu
USA: SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, www.sitesantafe.org
Lance Fung Biography
Lance Fung is an independent curator based in New York City. One of Fungs most well-known projects was The Snow Show exhibition, realized in 2004 in Lapland, Finland, and in 2006 in Torino, Italy for The Cultural Olympiad of the XX Olympic Winter Games. Prior to his independent curatorial endeavors worldwide, he had an eponymous gallery in New York, and was the director of Holly Solomon Gallery.

Currently, Fung is curating the first international large-scale exhibition of public
installations in Beijing, China in conjunction with the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
SITE Santa Fe
Since its opening in 1995, SITEs mission has been to bring the global contemporary art dialogue to the Southwest region of the US. SITEs Biennial, organized by a guest curator of international reputation, always attempts a paradigm shift in the field of visual arts. SITEs Biennial is known worldwide for its innovation and for showcasing great curators ahead of the rest of the art world. In fact, three of SITEs six curators have subsequently served as Directors of the Venice Biennale, including this years Robert Storr, and a fourth won a MacArthur Genius Award.

Previous curators of SITE Santa Fe Biennials are Bruce Ferguson (1995); Francesco Bonami (1997); Rosa Martinez (1999), Dave Hickey (2001), Robert Storr (2004), and Klaus Ottmann (2006).

Contact: Anne Wrinkle
Tel: 505.989.1199 x22/ Fax: 505.989.1188
wrinkle@sitesantafe.org

SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501 USA

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