News   04 November 2012

The 45th AICA International Congress in Zürich, Switzerland, July 2012

L—R: Brita Polzer, AICA Switzerland; Eveline Suter, AICA Switzerland; Edward Rubin, AICA-USA; Leva Astahovska, Pro Helvitica, Latvia; Gulnar Akisheva, AICA Kazakhstan; Gulaim Zhumabekova (purple jacket), AICA Kazakhstan; Samuel Herzog, President, AICA Switzerland; Eva Khachatryan, AICA Armenia; Werner Egli; Elona Lubyte, Vice-President, AICA Lithuania; Claudia Jolles , Vice-President, AICA Switzerland; Malene Vest Hansen, President, AICA Denmark; Lena Eriksson, AICA Switzerland (Crouching).  (photo: Edward Rubin)

Atrium of the Central Building of the University of Zurich.  The Congress sessions convened daily in the building’s lecture hall. (photo: Christopher French)

Day 3 ends with a tour of works by Klaus Lutz at Haus Konstruktiv.
L—R: Marja-Terttu Kivirinta, AICA Finland; Lisbeth Rebollo Gonçalves; President, AICA Brazil (back to camera); Malene Vest Hansen, President, AICA Denmark; Marek Bartelik, President, AICA International; Christian Chambert, President, AICA Sweden; Adriana Almada, President, AICA Paraguay; Haus Konstruktiv curator; Patrick Schaefer, member, AICA Switzerland, congress panel coordinator; Henry Meyric Hughes, AICA UK. (photo: Edward Rubin)

AICA international executive bureau.
L—R: Brane Kovic, Anne-Claude Morice, Marek Bartelik, Efi Strousa (photo: Edward Rubin)

Keynote speaker Kim Levin’s topic was “Talking Trash: Byproducts From the Disposable Century.” (photo: Christopher French)

The 45 AICA International Congress was held in Zürich. July 10-12.  Our Swiss hosts arranged an alpine hiking expedition before the Congress convened in the central hall of the University of Zürich, and concluded each day’s events with visits to Zürich’s galleries, museums, and public artworks.  Speakers responded to the theme “Writing With an Accent” with presentations that ranged from philosophical to poetic, political to psychological.  The photographs that follow convey the diversity of the Congress as well as the generous hospitality of the AICA Schweis team.  For more extensive documentation, including additional photographs and presentation podcasts, please visit the AICA Switzerland website.

The 46th AICA International Congress will be held in Košice, Slovakia, September 23-28, 2013. Titled “White Places, Black Holes,” it is open to all AICA members in good standing.
The Congress will take place in conjunction with the celebration of Košice as European Capital of Culture and will also feature an optional side trip to visit Bratislava’s museums and galleries.

South African Nomusa Makhubu presented “I Will Not Say Discourse.” (photo: Edward Rubin)

Emil Sennewald, a German writer living in Paris, questioned, “Do the Limits of My Language Mean the Limits of My World?” (photo: Edward Rubin)

Marja-Terttu Kirivinta, Finland (photo: Edward Rubin)

Swiss Critic Annemarie Monteil received the Art Critics Prize. (photo: Christopher French)

At the close of the 45th Congress, attendees boarded the train for Kassel, Germany to test their criticality against the sprawling installations of Documenta 13. Here, Kassel Mayor Bertram Hilgen greets AICA International Board Members at a reception held at the Brothers Grimm Museum.
L—R: Efi Strousa, AICA Executive Bureau; Alban Martínez Gueryraud, AICA Paraguay; Marie Luise Syring, AICA Germany; Nillofur Farrukh, President, AICA Pakistan; Christian Chambert, President, AICA Sweden; Kassel Mayor Bertram Hilgen; Carlos Acero Ruiz, AICA Dominican Republic; Marcel Bartelik, President, AICA International, Brane Kovic, AICA Executive Bureau; Edward Rubin, AICA-USA (photo: Christopher French)

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