PUMA.Creative Partners with 17th Biennale of Sydney to Sponsor all Artists from Africa, the Caribbean and Diaspora
PUMA.Creative Mobility Award Recipients to Contribute to Forum Entitled, Distance, Diaspora and Aesthetics in African and Caribbean Art
Sydney, Australia, 7 May 2010 – puma.creative is pleased to announce a collaboration with Australia’s largest and most respected contemporary visual arts event, the Biennale of Sydney. The partnership will enable all participating artists from Africa, the Caribbean and Diaspora to take part in the 17th Biennale of Sydney through the puma.creative Mobility Awards program, and sponsor a forum for dialogue around Afro-Caribbean interests. Forum keynote speakers will also benefit from puma.creative Mobility Awards to facilitate their participation.
“puma.creative is honoured to contribute to the spirit and creativity of the programming and representatives that the Biennale of Sydney attracts,” said Mark Coetzee, Program Director, PUMAVision; Chief Curator, puma.creative. “As a Sportlifestyle brand, PUMA has longstanding ties with Africa and the Caribbean. Through ongoing puma.creative programs and our puma.creative Mobility Awards, we are dedicated to creating platforms for engagement, and generating awareness of the artwork and artists who hail from the Afro-Caribbean region.”
The Biennale of Sydney is committed to developing audiences for contemporary art, promoting dialogue, understanding and appreciation of the important role art plays in society, increasing mutual understanding, and fostering international cultural exchange. Building on these goals, puma.creative has sponsored 14 prominent African and Caribbean artists and curators to take part in the activities in Sydney.
Through awards provided by the puma.creative Mobility Award program, artists and curators from the Creative African Network and Creative Caribbean Network will participate in the 17th Biennale of Sydney including:
Kader Attia, Artist (Born 1970 in Dugny, Seine Saint-Denis, France) Lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Algiers, Algeria
David A. Bailey MBE, Founding Director, International Curators Forum; Acting Director, National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Nassau, The Bahamas
Lara Baladi, Artist (Born 1969 in Beirut, Lebanon) Lives and works in Cairo, Egypt
Roger Ballen, Artist (Born 1950 in New York, USA) Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa
Conrad Botes, Artist (Born 1969 in Ladysmith, South Africa) Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa
Leah Gordon, Organizer and co-curator, Ghetto Biennale, Port au Prince, Haiti
Joy Gregory, Artist (Born 1959 in Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK) Lives and works in London, UK
Isaac Julien, Artist (Born 1960 in London, UK) Lives and works in London, UK
Amal Kenawy, Artist (Born 1974 in Cairo, Egypt) Lives and works in Cairo, Egypt
Steve McQueen, Artist (Born 1969 in London, England) Lives and works in London, UK and Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nandipha Mntambo, Artist (Born 1982 in Mbabane, Swaziland) Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa
Penelope Siopis, Artist (Born 1953 in Vryburg, South Africa) Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa
Allison Thompson, Lecturer, Division of Fine Art, Barbados Community College, Barbados
Barthélémy Toguo, Artist (Born 1967 in Mbalmayo, Cameroon) Lives and works in Paris, France; New York, USA and Bandjoun, Cameroon
For more information on the puma.creative Mobility Award winners and their projects at the 17th Biennale of Sydney please click here.
Since the program inception, over 230 puma.creative Mobility Awards have to been made to artists and art professionals to facilitate participation in major international art and cultural events.
As part of the programming for the Biennale, a puma.creative sponsored forum on
Afro-Caribbean contemporary art and culture will take place on Thursday May 13th at Artspace in Woolloomooloo from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. In keeping with the overall theme of this years Biennale, the panel discussion entitled Distance, Diaspora and Aesthetics in African and Caribbean Art, will focus on art and curatorship in and around these regions. Notable artists including Roger Ballen, Conrad Botes, Joy Gregory, Amal Kenawy, Nandipha Mntambo, Penny Siopis and Barthélémy Toguo, will engage in the panel discussion and examine issues under this context including diapora, displacement, poverty and cultural production. Panel speakers are comprised of leading critical thinkers in this field including David A. Bailey MBE, David Elliott (Artistic Director, 17th Biennale of Sydney), Leah Gordon, Colin Richards, Teka Selman and Allison Thompson.
To commemorate the opening of the Biennale and honour all of the puma.creative Mobility Award recipients, puma.creative will host an exclusive dinner with notables from the art world in attendance, on May 13th at Manta on Woolloomooloo Wharf.
For more information on all puma.creative initiatives including the Caribbean Creative Network and Creative African Network visit http://vision.puma.com
Claire Barry, The ARC Factory, +61 (0)2 9332 4744, email@example.com
Danielle Marcus, Marketing Team Head, PUMAVision, +1 617 488 0009, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kym Elphinstone, 17th Biennale of Sydney, [art]iculate, +61 (0)421 106 139, email@example.com
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At PUMA, we believe that our position as the creative leader in Sportlifestyle gives us the opportunity and the responsibility to contribute to a better world for the generations to come. A better world in our vision—PUMAVision—would be safer, more peaceful, and more creative than the world we know today. The 4Keys is the tool we have developed to help us stay true to PUMAVision, and we use it by constantly asking ourselves if we are being Fair, Honest, Positive, and Creative in everything we do.
We believe that by staying true to our values, inspiring the passion and talent of our people, working in sustainable, innovative ways, and doing our best to be Fair, Honest, Positive, and Creative, we will keep on making the products our customers love, and at the same time bring that vision of a better world a little closer every day. PUMAVision looks ahead to a world that is safer, more peaceful and more creative for the generations to come. Through the programs of puma.safe (focusing on environmental and social issues), puma.peace (supporting global peace) and puma.creative (supporting artists and creative organizations), we are providing real and practical expressions of this vision. For more information, please visit http://vision.puma.com
About Creative Africa and Creative Caribbean Networks
As a puma.creative initiative, the Creative Africa and Caribbean Networks are social networking sites providing artists, curators and art professionals in the regions and the diasporas a platform to create profiles to show their work, cross communication boundaries and share ideas with other professionals within, and interested in, the Caribbean and Africa. As part of this initiative puma.creative launched a puma.creative Mobility Award program providing it’s members the opportunity to travel to, and participate in, important cultural events across the globe. In the last 2 years puma.creative has allocated over 230 puma.creative Mobility Awards. As part of our commitment to a more creative world, PUMA will continue to support artists, art projects, and exhibitions globally through puma.creative. For more information, please visit www.CreativeAfricaNetwork.com and www.CreativeCaribbeanNetwork.com
About Biennale of Sydney
As Australia’s largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts event—with 436,150 visits in 2008—the 17th Biennale of Sydney celebrates the organisation’s 37th anniversary. Since its inception in 1973, the Biennale of Sydney has provided an international platform for innovative and challenging contemporary art from Australia and around the world. Every two years, the Biennale of Sydney is presented free of charge to the public over a twelve-week period. Over the past 37 years, the critically acclaimed and popular large-scale exhibitions have showcased more than 1355 artists from over 82 countries. With a tradition of innovation, the Biennale of Sydney was among the first to celebrate Australia’s cultural and ethnic diversity; the first to show indigenous art in an international contemporary art context; and the first to focus on Asia and the contemporary art of the region. For more information, please visit www.bos17.com