Nadim Sammin

Nadim Sammin

Curator

In 1999 Maurizio Cattelan placed an ad in Artforum for the “6th Caribbean Biennial.” The biennial was, of course, completely fictional, and the only works of “art” featured were publicity photos of the artist and his friends (Olafur Elíasson and Pipilotti Rist) on vacation. In 2014, British curator Nadmin Samman seemed to take Cattelan’s critique of biennial culture to a new extreme in “Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition.” His real exhibition took place on a remote island off the coast of Costa Rica and required viewers to use a secret treasure map to locate artworks, or rather “buried treasure,” by 39 renowned artists. This year Samman curated the Fifth Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, which focused on works that dealt with ecological collapse, network society, and the information age. Samman’s experimental and spectacular exhibition techniques just might give super-star curators like Hans Ulrich Obrist a run for their money in the future.