In the context of the selection procedure for the Belgian pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale for the Visual Arts, the jury has selected seven curators. Each will propose an exhibition concept and artist(s), on the basis of which the jury will later choose one proposal.
The assignment from the Flemish government: to develop a strong substantive concept that is multilayered but visually understandable, that contributes to contemporary art and its discourse, and that is relevant to the Belgian pavilion.
In the selection, the jury took into account the assignment and a number of additional conditions:
- The curator must have a connection with the Flemish art scene and an open view of the world.
- The curator must be in touch with the visual arts in its broad range of current manifestations and/or its relations with other disciplines.
- The curator must have sufficient experience with exhibitions at this international level. The candidate’s CV must demonstrate that he/she can handle such a project.
- The jury applied a broad understanding of curator (or curatorship): it for example can also be an artist or a collective.
- The curator must demonstrate that the project can be realised with the necessary organisational, technical, financial, communicative and artistic expertise.
- The curator must ensure overall cohesion in the project (artistic, production-related, communications, financial) and in the team.
- The curator must be prepared to consult with the public authorities concerning national and international communication of the exhibition project.
Based on these conditions, the jury reached a consensus on the selection of seven candidates, all of whom agreed to submit a proposal:
- Mai Abu ElDahab
- Heidi Ballet
- Till-Holger Borchert & Michel Dewilde
- Enough Room for Space
- Zoë Gray
- Christophe Slagmuylder
- Hilde Teerlinck
In May it will be announced who will be developing the project for the Belgian pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale.