Central Asia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013 call for project proposals

Hivos and the Arts and Culture Program of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) invite project proposals for the Central Asia Pavilion (CAP) to be realized within the framework of the 55th International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale 2013.

Hivos/OSF envision the Central Asia Pavilion as a regional rather than a national pavilion, challenging the constraints of the national representations in the Venice Biennale, proposing collectivity and solidarity for both art and politics instead. It will explore the vibrant potential of socially engaged contemporary art, society, theory, and activism from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, ensuring a balance between artistic visions and the need for political and/or social representation.

Preference would be given to the proposals which, besides the CAP in Venice, include a sustainable discursive project (or a series of projects) in the region of Central Asia before and after its materialization in the framework of the Venice Biennale.

Central Asian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is initiated and supported by Hivos – Dutch Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries and the Open Society Foundations – The Arts and Culture Program of Budapest.

For the complete text of the proposals in both English and Russian, please visit: