We initiate, moderate and inform people about activities and discussions in the field of biennial making by providing an open platform for exchange, collaboration and research.

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Agenda 2015:
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Enabling biennial practitioners from around the world to meet and exchange on common practices, share expertise, and discuss the foremost topics and concerns in the arena.

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In the series of Biennial Foundation Talks:

Who funds the arts and why we should care.

A professional meeting conceived and convened by Biennial Foundation at the upcoming ARCOmadrid, taking place from 25 February – 1 March, 2015.

Date: Saturday 28 February 2015.
Time: 4 pm.

The recent editions of some of the major contemporary art biennials were marked by serious dilemmas and conflicts leading to breaking, or at least weakening, the relations between their various stakeholders: publics, artists, curators, organizers, commissioners and/or sponsors. These events urge us to reconsider how we think about biennials.

This discussion aims to provide an opportunity for international colleagues to talk about the difficulties and realities in the making of biennials internationally. It will focus especially on issues of funding, questioning what effects financial resources have on supposedly independent curatorial and artistic narratives of major cultural events.

Participants:

Olga Hatzidaki – Moderator – Curator Biennial Foundation, Athens.

Rachel Spence – Art Critic Financial Times – Author of ‘Who funds the arts and why we should care’.

Khalil Rabah – artist, founder of the Riwaq Biennale in Palestine – Challenging what a biennial can be.

Galit Eilat – co-curator of the 31st Bienal de São Paulo – How to …….. fund biennials? Assessing the 31st Bienal.

Maria Papadimitriou – artist, representing Greece at the 56th Venice Biennale – towards the Greek pavilion.

Koyo Kouoh- curator, director Raw Material Company, Dakar – on funding African biennials and art events, the relation to the West.

Alevtina Kakhidze – artist from Ukraine – the politics of participation, Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg.

Annette Kulenkampff - CEO documenta – on learning from Athens.

Marieke van Hal – Moderator – Director Biennial Foundation, Berlin.

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