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Remai Modern to partner with Art Gallery of Alberta for 2020 biennial

For immediate release — April 8, 2019

Saskatoon, Canada — Remai Modern is thrilled to partner with the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) in Edmonton to develop and present a joint 2020 Biennial of Contemporary Art exhibition. This is the first time the biennial is expanding outside of Alberta.

“Working with the AGA to broaden the biennial is an incredible opportunity for Remai Modern to collaborate and supports our curatorial team in undertaking studio visits with artists throughout the region,” said Sandra Fraser, Remai Modern Curator (Collections). “We look forward to seeing what the submission process brings forward.”

Working with the theme of borders, the biennial team is seeking submissions from Prairie artists, physically or otherwise within, from, or in proximity to the borders of Treaty 4, Treaty 6, Treaty 7, Treaty 8 and Treaty 10. The call encourages artists to use the following information as a guideline for submissions:

“A border can draw a distinction; define an area; define a practice; define a state of mind. A border is a separation between two realms but it’s also the point where they meet. Borders can be metaphysical, geopolitical, geographical, arbitrary, fluid and calcified.

“What does it mean to cross a border? What does it mean to have a border cross you? How are some borders prioritized over others? What are the borders we cross every day without even realizing? What is it to cross the border between conscious and unconscious life? What is it to cross provincial borders; territorial borders? How are these experiences personalized or universal? Artists are encouraged to think of borders in the largest possible sense.”

The biennial will be presented in two concurrent exhibitions, on view at the AGA and Remai Modern in the fall of 2020.

AGA staff Lindsey V. Sharman, Curator, and Franchesca Hebert-Spence, Adjunct Curator of Indigenous Arts, will be joined by Sandra Fraser, Curator (Collections) at Remai Modern, and Felicia Gay, Guest Curator for Remai Modern, as curators for the 2020 Biennial.

About the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art

Since its inception in 1996, the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art has presented new and exciting works by 211 Alberta contemporary artists. The Alberta Biennial has served to promote Alberta artists across the country and brings national attention to Alberta’s art scene.

Historically, the Art Gallery of Alberta has partnered with organizations to curate, produce and present the Biennial across the province. Previous partners include Glenbow, Art Gallery of Calgary, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Nickle Galleries, Walter Phillips Gallery at Banff Centre. Remai Modern will be the first partner outside of Alberta.

About Remai Modern

Remai Modern is a new museum of modern and contemporary art in Saskatoon. It is a vibrant, imaginative and prescient museum committed to affirming the powerful role that art and artists play in questioning, interpreting and defining the modern era. Remai Modern is home to the world’s foremost collection of Picasso linocut prints and aspires to be a leading centre for contemporary Indigenous art programming.

Submission Process

As with all past Biennial exhibitions, the curatorial selection process will commence with a public Call for Submissions, directed to the AGA. This year the call is open to artists physically or otherwise within, from, or in proximity to the borders of Alberta, Treaty 4, Treaty 6, Treaty 7, Treaty 8 and Treaty 10.

Submission Guidelines & Rules

Submissions should include the following:

• Artist’s Statement (250 words or less, saved as artist last name AS; example: smithAS)

• Artist’s Biography (100 words or less, saved as artist last name AB; example: smithAB)

• Curriculum Vitae (saved as artist last name CV; example: smithCV)

• Concept of artwork, either already existing or unrealized (250 words or less, saved as artist last name CA; example: smithCA)

• Visual support material: max 10 samples of your artistic work with a corresponding file list.

Please include a description of work, title, date created, mediums, and size.

• Image files: up to 5 MB each, jpg files only. Maximum 10 images, numbered 1-10.

• Video files: up to 60MB each, no longer than 5 minutes in length. You may also link to media via YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud. Maximum 3 video files.

• Audio files: up to 30MB each, no longer than 5 minutes in length. Maximum 3 files.

Acceptable submission file formats:

We will accept files in doc, .rtf, .jpg or .pdf formats. Video files must be Windows and Mac compatible, viewable with QuickTime, Windows Media Player or VLC.

We will accept submissions via mail, email, or in the form of a link to DropBox (file-hosting website). We will not accept any submission hosted on a website that requires the AGA to become a member, and we will not download materials from a personal website. Mailed submissions must include the appropriate documents on a digital format (CD, DVD, USB flash drive), as well as hard copies of the written materials.

A self-addressed envelope with appropriate postage can be included for return delivery if desired

If you have any questions or wish to send your application support materials in hard copy form please contact lauren.ball@youraga.ca

Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM, May 1, 2019

The AGA closes at 5 PM on May 1, 2019, for hard copy submissions.

E-mail submissions and inquiries may be addressed to lauren.ball@youraga.ca. For online information please visit youraga.ca and remaimodern.org.

For additional information contact:

Stephanie McKay, Communications Manager





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