Biennale de la Biche is pleased to announce that Alex Urso and Maess have been appointed as the curators of 1st Biennale at Ilet de la Biche.
Alex Urso (b. 1987) is an Italian artist, independent curator, and art critic; currently based in Warsaw. After obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Literature and Philosophy, he commenced his Master’s Degree at the Painting Department of the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milan in 2011. He received a scholarship for the academic year 2012/2013 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2013/2014, he underwent an internship at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, where he contributed as an assistant curator to the realization of exhibitions such as Cannibalism? On Appropriation in Art and Corpus. In 2014, he completed his studies graduating with honors. From 2014, his interest and research as a curator focuses mainly on conceiving projects between Italy and Poland, supporting the collaboration between the artists of both countries. Urso also writes about art for the Italian magazines Lobodilattice and Artribune. As an artist, his works have been exhibited in public as well as private art spaces such as the Circoloquadro (Milan), Casa Testori (Milan), MPZ Zachęta Project Room (Warsaw), BWA Katowice, BWA Tarnów, Monopol Gallery (Warsaw), amongst others. (www.alexurso.com)
Maess Anand (b. 1982) is a Polish artist based in Warsaw. A graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and recipient of a scholarship at the Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Porto, Portugal. In 2012, Maess was nominated to the Grand Prix at the FID Prize Paris, and in 2013 she was shortlisted to the Strabag International Art Award in Vienna, Austria. Amongst others, she exhibited at the Plumba Contemporary Art, Porto (2006), Residencia Corazón, La Plata, Buenos Aires (2008), Museo di Santa Cecilia in Rome (2010), CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw (2010), Program Gallery in Warsaw (2011), Wrocław Contemporary Museum (2013), Galeria Miejska Arsenał in Poznan (2013), BWA Sokół in Nowy Sącz (2013), The Stark Family Foundation in Warsaw, Drawing Center in New York (2014), Polish Institute in Budapest (2015), Kasia Michalski Gallery in Warsaw, (2015) and Trestle Gallery in New York (2016). Her drawings were presented in Vice Magazine, FUKT Magazine for Contemporary Drawing and The Lancet Oncology. (www.maess.eu)