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13 November 2017 - 7 January 2018
International biennale @ Mdina Cathedral Museum (MALTA)

The Mediterranean region encompasses various cultures and religions. From the interaction between East and West has emerged a history of conflicts and struggles that are represented by the powerful visual cultures of each diverse community. 

The contemporary political scenario emphasises the need for the arts to respond to an era of crisis and destruction. Being at the centre of the Mediterranean, Malta is a significant place for such an artistic dialogue to be exposed and challenged. Furthermore, the city of Mdina was home to multiple faiths and artistic cultures. The 8th Mdina Biennale (rebranded as the APS Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale) tasks to give life to the contemporary within a space that retains a strong and vivid past. 

Dr. Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci is the artistic director of the 2017-18 APS Mdina Biennale. The event will take place at the Mdina Cathedral Museum. It will exhibit the work of Maltese and international artists who will each develop new work based on the theme. Artists are encouraged to propose works that challenge artistic and political conventions.

Curated by Nikki Petroni.

22 October 2017 - 5 November 2017
International biennale @ Karachi (PAKISTAN)

The Karachi Biennale (KB) is a visionary platform that focuses on innovation, excellence and criticality through curatorial strategies that will bring art from Pakistan and the rest of the world together for a large public audience. Its discursive interventions aim to cross pollinate ideas and explore meaning and truth across disciplines and contexts.

Artists are invited to respond to the theme WITNESS. Art as a testament of its time has always held signi?cance, particularly in times when memory is heavily contested. According to Kundera 'The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memories against forgetting’. The theme Witness has been chosen for its strong relevance to politics of representation, erasure and selective documentation.

Since the 1950s, as Karachi grew from a small harbour town to a mega urban centre. it has attracted independent thinkers. Unburdened by an established canon, it embraced artists who wanted to respond to the personal and the political with greater freedom.Karachi has been home to many influential Modernists and Contemporary artists; its gallery circuit is unrivalled in the country. and one of the most vibrant in South Asia.

With an architecture of exhibitions, discursive interventions and extensive visitor programs during the Karachi Biennale, Art in Karachi will combine creative energies and spark new ones.

Curated by Amin Gulgee.

7 October 2017 - 7 December 2017
Artist's residency @ Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio - Sapporo (JAPAN)

Located inside Tenjinyama Park and situated near the top of Tenjin Hill (85m), Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio opened on May 31, 2014 to the public, specifically to celebrate the opening of the Sapporo International Art Festival 2014, to foster artist-in-residence programs and other residency opportunities, and to enhance creative activities in the present-day and future Sapporo. 

Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, with a panoramic view towards the city, contains 13 studio apartments, and local, national, and international artists and all manner of creative people are invited to stay, meet with locals and other artists, create works, research, and experiment with different techniques.

It was established under the following statement of intent: “We will create a place where artists can execute creative activities during their residences, and the creativity of citizens is fostered through experiencing artists’ ideas, processes and expressions. Then, it is intended that the power of such creative citizens will be developed in various fields, including culture and industry.” 

The Art Studio began operation as a unique art and culture facility supported users’ autonomous activities, while aiming at cross-cultural exchanges and exchanges bridging different activities.

5 September 2017 - 5 October 2017
Artist's residency @ Prem International School - Chiang Mai (THAILAND)

Traidhos Artist's Residency Thailand is one of Southeast Asia’s premier artist residency and development programmes. We are the only regional residency with no associated fees, are highly experienced and comprise of a passionate members ‘selection-panel’ and a dynamic range of international partners.

With time for both work production and skills development, we are proud to offer wide-ranging facilities and support to participants and pride ourselves in creating bespoke residency experiences for all of our guests.

The programme focuses on three key areas:

* Providing a supportive, well-resourced and inspiring environment, that encourages productivity, creativity, networking opportunities and reflection
* Providing support, guidance and mentoring in the development of workshop leaders and the conception of workshops and master classes
* Providing opportunities to develop approaches to creative development with young people and fostering a wider understanding of best practice in international, creative education

The founding director of Traidhos Artist's Residency Thailand is Alex Soulsby.

15 June 2017 - 18 June 2017
Group exhibition @ Basel Art Center - Basel (SWITZERLAND)

An international contemporary art fair during Art Basel. 

The international contemporary art fair YIA ART FAIR #10 presents its annual meeting point for gallerists and art collectors at the Basel Art Center, only 10 minutes from Art Basel and on the way to Liste.

Founded in 2010 in Paris, the YIA ART FAIR has established itself as a must-see for contemporary creation by affirming its will to bring a vision to international art.

Following the success of its editions in Paris in October during the FIAC, in Maastricht During TEFAF and in Brussels during Art Brussels, the fair naturally continues its exspansion and annual meeting in Basel, in parallel with the famous Art Basel, Volta and Liste.

For this first edition in the capital of art, YIA ART FAIR reveals her new positioning:

“YIA, Yesterday Is Aujourd’hui”
A dialogue between epochs, articulated around the fields of modern and contemporary art.

During 4 days, 35 excellent international and emerging galleries will present at the Basel Art Center an emerging contemporary scene and emblematic artists from the early twentieth century to the present day.

More than 10 nationalities make up this first edition of YIA Basel. Including a strong presence of European exhibitors, but also galleries throughout the world. They are all integrated in the circuit of the most prestigious international fairs, from Nada to FIAC, Volta or Artissima.

Continuity of an implication on the different strongholds of art, YIA ART FAIR Basel accompanies gallery owners in the relationship with international collectors. We also develop encounters and exchanges between these actors of art, across all levels of the market by the sole common concern for quality.

14 June 2017 - 4 July 2017
Group exhibition @ Tehdas 108 - Nokia (FINLAND); Ylivieskan Kulttuurikeskus Akustiikka - Ylivieska (FINLAND); Stadskantine - Alkmaar (THE NETHERLANDS)

The title “Matkalla Onneen” is based on Arto Paasilina’s novel “Hurmaava Joukkoitsemurha” (charming mass-suicide). Paasilina is one of Finland’s best-known authors, especially abroad. The novel deals with a group of anonymous people, who come together with one goal … to commit suicide. Their journey starts in Helsinki and continues by bus to the North. Their plan is to use the bus to drive into the Northern Ice-sea together. Along the way friendships and romances start and one by one they change their mind and leave the bus. 

In the novel the characters find happiness on their trip, or at least the will to life. That journey: from loneliness and struggle towards friendship and happiness, can also be projected on the historic journey of a country, especially on Finland’s. Declaring independence from Russia in 1917 it got almost immediately into a civil war, then war with the Soviet-Union during WWII, a big economic crisis in the 90’s, joining EU and now world famous for its educational system and strong economy. On the downside Finland was also known for its high suicide-rate. In recent surveys however Finland is at the top of countries with the happiest civilians. 

From suicidal to being happy in just a few decades, what is Finland’s secret? And is the author Paasilina correct, that friendship or being with kindred spirits makes a person happy? And what is happiness? To answer these questions we need to travel with 15 artists and find out for ourselves.

The concept of the exhibition is as follows: 15 emerging artists from the EU, including 5 artists from Finland, will travel through the countryside of Finland. They will visit its highlights, explore its culture, meet Finnish artists and take part in typical Finnish happenings, like Midsummer and sauna. Thus, the international artists will engage with locals as well as local culture. During the road-trip, two exhibitions presenting the work of the traveling artists are scheduled to accompany and punctuate the travels, one in Nokia and one in Ylivieska. After the road-trip a final exhibition will take place in the Netherlands, enriched by the artists’ experiences; this exhibition will bring Finland and its rich culture closer to the continent.

Curated by Jeroen van Paassen.

1 June 2017 - 31 August 2017
Group exhibition @ National Centre for Contemporary Arts - Moscow (RUSSIA)

The project is focused on the meaning and significance of modern public catering networks.

Nowadays, when mankind again faces a threat of a global crisis, food redistribution mechanisms apparently come to prominence. People literally have to survive, their lives revolve around need for food. Under these circumstances food becomes a medium for socialization and automatically turns into a central tool of politics and administration. And obviously total competition for customers escalates the situation sufficiently. So the basic question appears – who eats who? Are we consumers of some food production line? Or perhaps we are just food for that conveyor. 

The subject seems to be particularly relevant for the Central Volga Branch of NCCA, because the Branch was established on the basis of the unique monument of constructivism – the Factory Kitchen built in Samara in 1932.

The phenomenon of Factory Kitchen appeared in the USSR in the 1930s as large-scale mechanized public catering facilities. It was a technological breakthrough aimed to feed lots of people, but at the same time it signified shifting away from private way of life and family values. Thus, “to feed” also meant “to inculcate” a new idea of lifestyle in general.

At the present time this trend is developing even further. Major innovations in distributing food (as well as other resources) lie in the field of mechanization and advertising. Food production and its promotion via mass media have joined into a single unit. One must rely on advertising before tasting any food. Since our project uses advertising media, it provides unexpected approach and opportunity for a constructive dialog with the audience: people get free product where traditionally selling has taken place.

The spectrum of potential issues for artistic reflection is very broad, ranging from a political level to a private one:

* Food as a submission tool
* Food as a social mediator
* Food as means for drawing the line in the friend-or-foe opposition

Curated by Nelya Korzhova.

14 April 2017 - 16 April 2017
Group exhibition @ Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel - Taipei (TAIWAN)

Celebrating its ninth anniversary, Young Art Taipei (YAT) is the first hotel art fair featuring works produced by emerging and established artists under the age of 45. The aim is to open a window in the art world to young talents. YAT prides itself for not only being in constant pursuit to create distinctive exhibitions, but moreover continuously venturing into creating and promoting diverse activities.

Each year YAT invites approximately 62 galleries from domestic and the Greater East Asian countries to present paintings, sculptures, and photography in contemporary art. We aim to ensure the quality of the artworks, and provide an intimate and exciting atmosphere that deepens and strengthens the relationship between galleries, artists, curators, and collectors.

Young Art Taipei has established an international platform for galleries in Asia to promote young contemporary artists, with more than 350 artists from Asian and Western cities joining this year's event.

This edition of Young Art Taipei will take place in the Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel from 14th to 16th April in 2017. YAT 2017 continues to create a unique and innovative art experience that furthers connecting the Asian Contemporary art community!