The global cybersecurity company joins the international art project as General Partner.
Kaspersky Lab is one of the world’s largest privately owned cybersecurity companies. Its ultimate mission – to save the world – echoes the ethos of the expedition and is a key reason why it decided to join the extraordinary Antarctic initiative.
Commenting on his upcoming journey to Antarctica with the Biennale, Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said: “We have supported Antarctic expeditions in the past, but this will be the biggest project for us on the continent. I think it will be a fascinating endeavour and I made my decision to support it when I saw the genuine passion from the organisers. The Antarctic is like no other place on earth; it’s a shared continent without borders that’s both beautiful and fragile in its barely inhabitable wilderness. I’ve already been there – and I think it’s a place that provides plenty of inspiration for artistic exploration and expression. I’m really excited to be participating in the expedition, and I’m looking forward to all the art it will produce.”
One of the year’s most grandiose art projects, the ‘Antarctic Biennale’ kicks off on March 16, 2017. The focal point of the year-long initiative is a journey of artists, scientists and researchers, visionaries and philosophers to the White Continent. The unprecedented venture would not be possible without the generous support of Kaspersky Lab.
Alexander Ponomarev, the founder and commissioner of the biennale said: “To have Kaspersky Lab involved in the venture is huge for us and we are thrilled to be able to call them our partner and an integral part of the team”.
General Director of Echigo-Tsumari and Setouchi Triennale
The Antarctic Biennale and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, share a deep commitment to preserving our legacy for future generations. On January 24, 2017, the biennale got UNESCO’s patronage in recognition of the project’s engagement with promotion of cultural and scientific exchange.
In her letter of support Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director-General, states that the initiative is ‘in line with the priorities of the Organization aimed at promoting cultural and scientific exchange’. Ms Director-General is confident that the biennale ‘will help to raise awareness on the importance of international actions to mitigate the effects of climate change’.
For the Antarctic Biennale, this marks an important step towards its aim of ensuring that art empowers people to raise the awareness and build the platform for the better communication of the future of our planet. The cultural project addresses the issues, that relate to major concerns of UNESCO – how to live together, how to design a sustainable future, how to educate and inspire future generations.
Recognizing the important and changing role of culture in contemporary society, UNESCO supports the initiative of the Antarctic Biennale that goes beyond merely employing the arts as tools for information, but rather envisages art as a catalyst to stimulate discourse and foster change.
The UNESCO’s goal of Protecting Heritage and Fostering Creativity will be realized through the study of the unique Antarctic culture as a whole series of art projects implemented there.
The Antarctic Biennale’s team has communicated to UNESCO its highest commitment to the granted patronage, and the inspiration of working together for the sustainable development.
The Antarctic Biennale now proudly bears the logo of UNESCO.