eva International, Ireland's biennial of contemporary art, is pleased to announce the international open call for proposals for the 2014 edition, curated by Bassam El Baroni. Applications are invited from individual artists or groups in any medium and can be for the presentation of existing works or production of new projects. The online application process is now open and closes at5pm on Monday 2 September 2013. Please see www.opencall.eva.ie or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Commenting on the curatorial approach for eva International 2014, El Baroni said:
'I would like the 36th eva International 2014 to be reflective of the many complex questions that the current heightened global political moment raises. Are we witnessing the continuing dominance of old political narratives? While these old narratives may be slowly showing signs of cracking, what are the obstacles facing the emergence of new narratives? Rather than being any kind of curatorial concept, this statement is intended solely as a hint at a direction that will evolve and nuance as the project develops.'
Founded in 1977, eva International is an artist-centred biennial of contemporary art that works with acclaimed guest curators to present exhibitions and events across the city of Limerick, Ireland. eva International 2014 is the 36th edition and will be part of Limerick City of Culture 2014 celebrations. Artists' projects will be selected through an international open call for proposals and exhibitions will take place in both gallery and non-gallery spaces. A programme of talks, workshops and events will accompany the biennial and the open call for proposals includes opportunities for artists' projects that engage with the city and its communities.
Previous eva International curators: Annie Fletcher (2012); Elizabeth Hatz (2010); Angelika Nollert & Yilmaz Dziewior (2009); Hou Hanru (2008); Klaus Ottmann (2007); Katerina Gregos (2006); Dan Cameron (2005); Zdenka Badovinac (2004); Virginia Pérez Ratton (2003); Apinan Poshyananda (2002); Salah M. Hassan (2001); Rosa Martínez (2000); Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn (1999); Paul M. O'Reilly (1998); Guy Tortosa (1996); María de Corral (1995); Jan Hoet (1994); Gloria Moure (1993); Lars Nittve (1992); Germano Celant (1991); Saskia Bos (1990); Florent Bex and Alexander Roshin (1988); Ida Panicelli (1987); Nabuo Nakamura (1986); Rudi Fuchs (1985); Peter Fuller (1984); Liesbeth Brandt Corstius (1982); Pierre Restany (1981); Brian O'Doherty (1980); Sandy Nairne (1979); Adrian Hall, Charles Harper, Theo Mcnab, Cóilín Murray (1978); Barrie Cooke, John Kelly, and Brian King (1977).
eva International 2012 – After the Future, curated by Annie Fletcher, was highlighted as one of the top exhibitions in both Ireland and the UK during 2012. A catalogue with artists' profiles, documentation, essays, interviews and transcripts from After the Future is available through www.eva.ie.
About Bassam El Baroni
Bassam El Baroni is a curator and art critic based in Alexandria, Egypt. In 2005 he co-founded the non-profit art space Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF), and was its Director until December 2012. In 2010, he was co-curator of Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain, and is currently a PhD researcher in the Curatorial/Knowledge program at Goldsmiths, University of London. El Baroni is currently co-curating the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF, with Anne Szefer Karlsen and Eva González-Sancho), that will open in September 2013 in Vågan, Lofoten Islands, Norway.
Biennial of Contemporary Art
Limerick City, Ireland