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Selection Committee 2014

The PinchukArtCentre announced the Selection Committee of the 3rd edition of the Future Generation Art Prize that will choose 20 shortlisted artists in 2014. The members of the Selection Committee have been appointed by the Jury of the Prize, internationally renowned professionals in contemporary art.

The members of the Selection Committee in 2014 are:

Raphael Chikukwa – Chief curator of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe). 

Born in Zimbabwe and worked mainly as an independent curator for the past ten years before joining the National Gallery of Zimbabwe mid 2010 as its Chief Curator. He is currently the Zimbabwe Pavilion curator for the 55th Venice Biennale. Chikukwa is the 1st Zimbabwe Pavilion curator at the 54th Venice Biennale 2011. After taking Zimbabwe to Venice in 2011, Chikukwa has taken part in a number of Forums that include, Re Zimbabwe Pavilion talk at INIVA (London), 1st World Biennale Forum in South Korea, KLA 2012 (Uganda), Condition Report forum in Senegal and Arco Madrid 2013.

His qualifications and international experience earned this position at the national institution, which he hopes to change the visual arts landscape of Zimbabwe. Chikukwa was awarded the 2006 - 2007 Chevening Scholar now holds an MA Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University London. The 2nd Johannesburg Biennale in 1997 provided an impetus to Raphael’s curatorial career after working as a volunteer guide for the Biennale. He later moved to his home country Zimbabwe as a process of relocation to his motherland. Chikukwa is a founding stuff member of the PUMA funded Creative Africa Network as an editor and advisor of the project from 2008 – 2009. Recently he was among seven Curators from Africa attending the Tate Modern Symposium “Curating Africa where he presented a paper on his curatorial practice. In 2008, Chikukwa represented Africa at the 2008 Art Basel Miami Conversations in the United States of America. The American Centre Foundation also awarded Raphael a curatorial research grant in 2006 – 2007 and he travelled in West Africa for his curatorial research.

Proposed by Bisi Silva.


Sun Dongdong – independent curator (China). 

Sun Dongdong (born. 1977, Nanjing, China) is senior editor at LEAP magazine, where he has worked since the magazine’s founding in 2010. He received his M.F.A. from the Nanjing Academy of Art in 2005. Since 2001, Sun has been involved with contemporary art exhibitions, worked as a critic, and curated shows at the Nanjing Sifang Art Museum (2006), the Iberia Center of Contemporary Art (2008), Today Art Museum (2011) and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (2013).

Proposed by Philip Tinari.


Björn Geldhof – Deputy Artistic Director of the PinchukArtCentre (Ukraine). 

Bjorn Geldhof is the Deputy Artistic Director of the PinchukArtCentre. He curated various projects and exhibitions among others the Future Generation Art Prize 2010 and 2012, Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice 2011 and solo exhibitions with Candice Breitz, Damian Ortega, Olafur Eliasson, Jeff Wall, Gary Hume, Anish Kapoor, Tony Oursler, Chapman brothers, etc.

Prior to that, he worked together with the Belgian artist Jan Fabre, curating, coordinating, and organizing exhibitions. From 2004 to 2006, Bjorn Geldhof managed the magazine Janus, devoted to contemporary art, philosophy, theatre, architecture, literature and science.

Proposed by Eckhard Schneider.


Simon Castets– Director of Swiss Institute (USA). 

Simon Castets is the Director and Curator of the Swiss Institute, New York. Along with Hans Ulrich Obrist, he is also the co-founder of the research project 89plus, which investigates the generation of artists born with the introduction of the World Wide Web, and was first introduced at DLD13. He holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University, New York and a MA in Cultural Management from Sciences Po, Paris. Recently, he co-curated the group exhibition “Champs Elysées” with Julie Boukobza and Nicola Trezzi, at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Other recent projects include a solo exhibition of Sarah Ortmeyer at Federico Vavassori, Milan, the group exhibitions "Cherry Picking" at Karma International, Zurich, "A Stone Left Unturned" at Yvon Lambert, Paris, and "Aftermath" at Taka Ishii Gallery, Kyoto. His writing has appeared in numerous catalogues and periodicals including Mousse, PIN UP, Artforum, Flash Art and Kaleidoscope.

Proposed by Fransesco Bonami.


Giacinto di Pietrantonio – Director of the GAMeC (Italy). 

Giacinto Di Pietrantonio is the director of GAMeC. He is the professor of Theory and History of Representation Methods and of Editorial Systems for Art at the Academy of Brera, and he was the Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Director of Flash Art Italia between 1986 and 1992. From 1994 to 1996 he was the visual arts consultant for the Abruzzo Region. In addition to the exhibition at the GAMeC in Bergamo, he also organized the exhibition by Russian artists within the “Passaggi ad Oriente” exhibition at the Biennale di Venezia in 1993, “Fuori Uso” (editions 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2012), “Over the Edges” with Jan Hoet in Ghent (Belgium) and Vanessa Beecroft, PAC, Milan, 2010, Jan Fabre during Venice Biennal, Venice, 2005, 2007, 2009.

He is consultant of the Furla – Querini Stampalia Award for Art and he is a member of the AMACI (Association of the Italian Museums of Contemporary Art) Board of Directors.

He is a member of the scientific committee of the Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci, Prato. He has been in charge of the Per diritto di Cronaca feature in Artribune since 2011.

He was the curator of the Advanced Course in Visual Arts at the Antonio Ratti Foundation in Como from 1995 to 2004. He was the director of I love Museums, the Association’s periodical as well as of the contemporary art magazine Perché/?. In 2005, he was a commissioner at the Quadriennale in Rome. He was the consultant of MiArt Fiera Internazionale d’Arte di Milano from 2008 to 2010.

Proposed by Jan Fabre.


Taiyana Pimentel Paradoa –Director of Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros-La Tallera (Mexico). 

Taiyana Pimentel is the Director of Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros and La Tallera in Mexico City since 2009. She conceived and coordinated the renovation project of La Tallera in Cuernavaca, Morelos. She has curated a series of exhibitions such as “No Lone Zone-The Redeeming Institution”, a collaboration between SAPS and Tate Modern, London-Mexico City, 2012; “Institutional Empowerment” with Colectivo Tercerunquinto at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico, 2008; “Injured: Project for Ecatepec” Fundación Colección Jumex, Mexico, 2007; “1549 State’s Crimes,” Santiago Sierra, Centro Cultural Tlatelolco, Mexico 2007; “Bridge”, Francis Alÿs, La Habana-Key West, 2006; “Tijuana Sessions: Contemporary Art from Tijuana,” Contemporary Art Center Alcalá 31, Madrid, 2005. From 1999 to 2001, she worked at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Rufino Tamayo as the curator of “Sala 7: Proyectos de Arte Contemporáneo”, which included: “I am Happy because Everyone Loves Me”, Javier Téllez; “Better Life Corp” Minerva Cuevas; “465 Remunerated People” Santiago Sierra and “Adolescent Young Person” with Miguel Calderon. She recently participated in the program “9 curators present their projects” in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile. In 2009-2010, Pimentel was appointed curator of Plataforma. She has a B.A. in Art History from the University of Havana and a M.A. in Art History from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Proposed by Doris Salcedo.


David Riff – independent artist, writer and curator (Germany). 

David Riff is a writer, translator, artist, and curator based in Moscow and Berlin. He has written widely on the history and present of contemporary art in Russia as an art critic, and has translated extensively, his most recent project a forthcoming volume of the work of Soviet aesthetic philosopher Mikhail Lifshitz. He is a member of the workgroup Chto delat/What is to be done, whose newspaper he coedited 2003-2008. He has also been involved in other artistic collaborations such as the Learning Film Group or the Karl Marx School of the English Language. Recent curatorial projects have included the international exhibition The Potosi Principle (as a curatorial correspondent), 2010–2011; the Ural Industrial Biennial (with Cosmin Costinaş and Ekaterina Degot), 2010; Auditorium Moscow, a discussion platform and exhibition (with Ekaterina Degot and Joanna Mytkowska), 2011, and Monday Begins on Saturday (with Ekaterina Degot), 2013. Riff teaches at the Rodchenko School of Photography and Media Art, Moscow, and is a member of the Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne.

Proposed by Adam Szymczyk.

The Selection Committee will gather in Kyiv in the middle of June 2014 to select 20 nominees for the 3rd edition of the Future Generation Art Prize. The shortlisted artists will receive an exhibition at the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev, Ukraine from October 25, 2014 till January 4, 2015.