LEARN: Glenn Kaino Represents U.S. at Cairo Biennale; Cesar Garcia Appointed U.S. Commissioner

Glenn Kaino Will Represent the U.S. at the 13th International Cairo Biennale in December

Los Angeles-based artist Glenn Kaino was recently selected by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State to represent the United States at the 13th International Cairo Biennale. Cesar Garcia, Associate Director and Senior Curator at LA><ART, has been appointed U.S. Commissioner.

“The approach to the organization of the U.S. Pavilion will extend beyond the sole presentation of an exhibition,” said U.S. Commissioner Cesar Garcia. “This project comes at a time of unforeseen social and political transitions in the Middle East. From Tunisia and Libya to Bahrain and Yemen, and from Egypt to Syria, we have witnessed thousands of courageous people take to the streets their grievances, and more importantly, their hopes and aspirations for a more promising and renewed way of being. Deeply conscious of the region’s complex history and the challenging days ahead, it will be our goal to present a responsive platform that directly engages both the opportunities and the challenges of this context,” Garcia states.

Regarding the Cairo Biennale, Kaino says, “I have had the opportunity throughout my career to bring disparate fields of creative production together and this project will continue that exploration as a critical reflection on the role of art and artists in this time of great change.”

The 13th International Cairo Biennale is scheduled for December 2012- February 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. The U.S. Pavilion is organized by LA><ART and is presented by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, which supports and manages the official U.S. participation at selected international exhibitions.

Check out the edition (below) that Kaino made in 2010 to benefit LA><ART.

Glenn Kaino, Untitled (Detailed LA><ART Storage Pad Lock), 2010
$100 for LA><ART
Edition of 100, each unique, silk screen ink on photo copy print, 11 in x 8 in

Kaino picked apart LA><ART’s storage pad lock in this edition of 100; each print is unique because of the silkscreening process. Kaino also turned magic into art at the LA><ART Annex at Space 1520.


Photo of Glenn Kaino by David Owens