Professor Michele Bugliesi, Rector of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and Science Gallery Venice’s Director Neal Hartman, are proud of the Earth Water Sky residency programme which is perfectly in line with the three core values of Science Gallery Venice: sustainability, accessibility and inclusiveness. “Haseeb Ahmed’s proposal crucially matches our mission of inclusivity by emphasising the importance of different sectors of our society collaborating and working together”, states Neal Hartman. “Moreover, it fits with our environmental commitment and goal to propose activities which are accessible to all.” The Rector Michele Bugliesi adds that “the artist selection by the jury shows the pioneering spirit of us at Science Gallery Venice and Ca’ Foscari University, as well as our active and creative engagement in the most crucial global challenges.”
Haseeb Ahmed will carry out his residency, working closely with Professor Craig Martin, who is writing a global history of the science and philosophy of the wind at Ca Foscari. The dates and style/mode of the residency will be confirmed later this year.
The choice of artist is fully aligned with the ethics of the funder of the residency, the Didier et Martine Primat Foundation, whose mandate is to “empower scientists, philosophers and artists to advocate for a more conscious and sustainable way of life.”
There were nearly 160 entrants for the second Science Gallery Venice Earth Water Sky open call from 43 countries around the world.
For more about Haseeb Ahmed’s work please see his website https://haseebahmed.com
The 2020 Earth Water Sky Jury comprised (in alphabetical order)
– Neal Hartman Director of Science Gallery Venice;
– Ariane Koek Creative Producer/Curator and Founder of Earth Water Sky environmental arts and science residency programme;
– Andrea Lerda curator of Il Museo Nazionale della Montagna, Turin and founder of Platform Green;
– Craig Martin, historian of science at Ca Foscari University of Venice,
– Didier et Martine Primat Foundation who were represented by Director Florence Rossetti and collection manager Audrey Zecchin.