Women Dominate Venice Biennale’s 2013 International Jury


The jury for the 55th Venice Biennale (Jun. 1-Nov. 24), which chooses the winners of the Golden and Silver Lion awards, has been announced. The 2013 jurors are Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy of Mexico, Italy’s Francesco Manacorda, Jessica Morgan of Great Britain, Nigeria’s Bisi Silva and Ali Subotnick of the U.S.

The jury will confer three awards at the Biennale’s opening ceremony on June 1. Two Golden Lions will be presented for best national participation and best artist in the international exhibition;  a Silver Lion will be given to an emerging artist in the show. The international exhibition, “The Encyclopedic Palace,” is curated by the New Museum’s Massimiliano Gioni.

Morgan, curator of international art at the Tate, will serve as jury president. She has been a curator at the Tate since 2002 and formerly served as chief curator at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Hernández is curator of contemporary art at the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York and Caracas, and will serve as chief curator of the 2013 Mercosul Biennial in Brazil (Sept. 13-Nov. 10). Recently appointed artistic director of Tate Liverpool, Manacorda previously served as Director of Artissima, Turin; curator at Barbican Art Gallery in London; and curator of the Slovenian and New Zealand pavilions, respectively, at the 52nd and 53rd Venice Biennales. Silva is an independent curator and founding director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria. A curator at L.A.’s Hammer Museum, Subotnick recently co-curated “Made in L.A. 2012,” the first Los Angeles Biennale. She previously worked with Gioni while co-curating the 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art in 2006.