Glenn Kaino to Represent U.S. at Cairo Biennale

Mr. Kaino. Photo by David Owens.

Los Angeles-based artist Glenn Kaino will represent the U.S. at the 13th annual Cairo Biennale, which runs from Dec. 2012 to Feb. 2013. Cesar Garcia, chief curator and associate director at LAXART in Los Angeles, has been appointed as the biennale’s U.S. Commissioner.

Full details of the exhibition have not yet been released, but in a statement, Mr. Garcia spoke at length of the inspirations of the recent uprisings in Cairo:

“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 challenges of this context.”