The international jury consisting of significant figures in graphic design will award several prizes, including the Grand Prix of the 27th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno – Award of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Mayor of Brno Award, and the Czech Centres’ Prize awarded to a graphic designer under 35.
- Guus Beumer (NL)Guus Beumer, who studied social sciences, has been director of Het Nieuwe Instituut since January 2013. In the 1980s Beumer was a journalist for publications including Avenue, Marie-Claire and HP-De Tijd and in the 1990s he was art director of the fashion labels orson + bodil and SO. From 2005 he was director of Marres, House for Contemporary Culture, and Bureau Europa/ NAiM, both in Maastricht. Guus Beumer is artistic director of the Temporary Fashion Museum, now on view in Het Nieuwe Instituut.
- Jean-Marie Courant (FR)Graphic designer. Born in 1966. Lives and works in Paris. He devotes himself to editorial and visual identity projects. He is teaching and head of the graphic design Master’s of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Lyon (France).
- Vít Havránek (CZ)Vít Havránek (1971) is a curator and art organiser based in Prague, Czech Republic. Since 2002 he has been working as a director of the initiative for contemporary art tranzit (tranzit.org). He curated and co-curated exhibitions amongst which are: Ján Mančuška First Retrospective, City Gallery Prague, Muzeum Sztuki Łódź, Moravian Gallery in Brno; Report on the Construction of a Spaceship, New Museum HUB, New York; Adaptation, Steirischer Herbst; Encyclopedia of Failure, Jakarta Biennale 2013; Manifesta 8, Spain; Monument to Transformation, Centro Monthermoso; City Gallery Prague; tranzit workshops, Bratislava; tranzit – Auditorium, Stage, Backstage, Frankfurter Kunstverein; I, Secession Wien; Jiří Kovanda, Brno; Otto Piene, City Gallery Prague; action, word, movement, space, City Gallery Prague, and others. Edited and co-edited books and catalogues Eva Koťátková, Pictorial Atlas of a Girl…, H.U. Obrist Czech Files; Atlas to Transformation; Autobiographies; The Need to Document, Lanterna Magika; action, word, movement, space, and has written for contemporary books, catalogues (Green Room, Sterneberg Press, Promesses du passé, Centre Pompidou, Voids: A Retrospective, JRP Ringier), art magazines (Umělec, Springerin, Flash Art, Manifesta Journal, trouble and others). He lectured at the AAAD Prague, North Carolina University Prague Institute and had guest lectures and talks at various occasions (MIT Boston, Amsterdam University, Documenta 12, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, and others).
- Anuschka Blommers & Niels Schumm (NL)Anuschka Blommers (1969) and Niels Schumm (1969) both studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. They started working together in 1998. Blommers and Schumm question the status quo of fashion photography by operating in a grey zone between fashion, art and photography, with shifting perspectives, where images move back and forth between different meanings. A state of uncertainty thus emerges in which merely an expression or a small detail seems capable of turning an image upside down. Their photographs have been published in magazines such as Fantastic Man, Gentlewoman, Another Magazine, Purple, Interview, ID, Dazed & Confused and NY Times Magazine. Meanwhile their work has been exhibited in museums and galleries, e.g. The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Groninger Museum, Foto Museum Foam, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, ICA in Boston and Deichtorhallen in Hamburg.
- Jon Sueda (US)Originally from Hawaii, Jon Sueda has practiced design everywhere from Honolulu to Holland. After earning his MFA in Graphic Design from CalArts in 2002, he was invited to North Carolina State University to serve as a designer in residence, followed by an internship in the Netherlands with Studio Dumbar. In 2004, Sueda founded the design studio Stripe, which specializes in print and exhibition design for art and culture. He is also the co-editor of Task Newsletter, and the co-organizer of AtRandom events. In 2007, Sueda relocated to the San Francisco area where he served as director of design at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts for seven years, and is currently the chair of the MFA Design program at California College of the Arts. Most recently, he curated the exhibitions Work from California at the 25th International Graphic Design Biennial in Brno, Czech Republic, and All Possible Futures at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco.
The jury will met on June 14 and 15, 2016 on premises of The Moravian Gallery in Brno. The awards were announced on the occasion of opening of the 27th Brno Biennial 2016 on June 16, 2016.