We are pleased to announce that Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka – WRO Art Center’s curator and manager of international projects – has been appointed as the Curatorial Director of Media Art of the Sapporo International Art Festival 2020 (SIAF2020), together with Taro Amano, serving as the Curatorial Director of Contemporary Art and Director in Chief.
The Sapporo International Art Festival (SIAF) is an artistic event held in Sapporo once every three years, and SIAF2020 will be its third edition. Launched in 2014, this triennial event has previously been held from summer to autumn, but its organisers have decided to hold SIAF2020 in winter to leverage more of the features and appeal of Sapporo – a city with snowy winters. SIAF2020 will continue to promote local creativity through introducing contemporary art while publicizing what the city has to offer across Japan and elsewhere through works that feature not just snow and winter but that also touch upon themes such as culture in the northern region.
The past editions of SIAF were stewarded by a guest director to be replaced in the forthcoming edition with a team of directors with particular areas of expertise: two Curatorial Directors, who will co-curate and manage SIAF programs, and a Director of Communication Design, who will communicate the appeal of SIAF in an easily understandable way from a visitors’ point of view.
Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka has been appointed as a Curatorial Director of Media Art and Taro Amano as a Curatorial Director of Contemporary Art and Director in Chief. They were selected by the SIAF Executive Committee through a competitive process. For the post of the Director of Communication Design, applications will be invited from members of the public at a later date.
More info about the period, venues, theme and other details of SIAF2020 will be announced in summer 2019.
You can download the full text of the SIAF Executive Committee’s press release: HERE