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Charlotte Laubard, HEAD–Genève Professor and Dean, to Curate Swiss Pavilion at 58th Venice Biennale

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND—Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has appointed Geneva University of Art and Design professor and visual arts department head Charlotte Laubard curator of the Pavilion of Switzerland at the 58th Venice Biennale. Laubard was nominated to the position by Swiss Art Council president Mario Annoni on the recommendation of an independent jury comprised of Jacqueline Uhlmann, Laurence Bonvin, Balthazar Lovay, Michele Robecchi, and Christina Végh. The 58th Venice Biennale will open May 11, 2019 and close November 24, 2019.

Laubard was appointed dean of the visual arts department at HEAD–Genève in September 2017. Since 2013, she has held lecturer and researcher positions in the visual arts department, focusing on the uses and value of art, the impact of digital technology on a society undergoing profound cultural transformation, and self-learning. She also serves as the artistic director of HEAD–Genève’s LiveInYourHead space and the co-founder of New Patrons, which mediates public art commissions in Switzerland.

Prior to her time at HEAD–Genève, Laubard was director of CAPC–Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux where, from 2006 to 2013, she was responsible for fifty exhibitions and more than 200 public events, including solo exhibitions by Michel Majerus and Jim Shaw and the group exhibition Sigma, avant-garde festival 1965–96. Laubard has also served as a consultant for the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and artistic director of the 2017 of Paris’s Nuit Blanche.

March 9, 2018