Teresa Iarocci Mavica, co-founder, and director of the V-A-C Foundation was appointed as commissioner of the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2020 by the Russian Ministry of Culture. Mavica will serve as the curator of the pavilion at both the International Art Exhibition and the International Architecture Exhibition until 2021.
Born in Naples, Italy, Teresa Iarocci Mavica has provided support to contemporary art in Russia for all of her professional life. Curator by profession, she headed the Moscow-based Contemporary City Foundation, between 2005 and 2008, “an experimental venue promoting the professional development of young curators and artists”. She later on in 2009, founded V-A-C, with Leonid Mikhelson, the CEO of Russian gas giant Novatek.
V-A-C, a leading cultural institution in Russia, is a non-profit foundation for contemporary art with a mission to support Russian artists, curators, and researchers both in Russia and abroad. The platform works with the local community to promote and educate.
Management of the Pavilion has been appointed to Smart Art consultancy, a group that supports contemporary Russian artists, with almost 10 years of experience with the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, and with previous commissioners and curators, that helped integrate Russian contemporary art into the international context. In December, the commissioner of the Pavilion and Smart Art will present a project for the Biennale dell’ Architettura 2020 and a schedule of forthcoming events.
This Long-term lease will allow us to think big, plan proactively and act strategically. First of all, the Pavilion needs restoration. We are currently conducting an examination of the building and preparing for restoration meeting all necessary requirements providing a proper fire safety system, ensuring accessibility conditions for people with disabilities, air conditioning and so on. This way, the Russian Pavilion will become not only comfortable and technically equipped but also open to a diverse audience. -- Anastasia Karneeva, Smart Art co-founder, responsible for the strategic management of the Pavilion.