10th Edition of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art
Part of the Labyrinth
September 7–November 17, 2019
Press and professional preview: September 6, 11–5pm
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Opening: September 7, 11–5pm
Biennial venues: Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg Natural History Museum and Franska tomten/Packhusplatsen
Elena Aitzkoa, Özlem Altin, Henrik Andersson, Ibon Aranberri, Sissel M. Bergh, Hannah Black, Black Quantum Futurism, Liv Bugge, Paolo Cirio, Kajsa Dahlberg, Cian Dayrit, Michelle Dizon, Sean Dockray, Åsa Elzén, Annika Eriksson, Ayesha Hameed, Tamara Henderson, Rachel de Joode, Hanna Kolenovic, Susanne Kriemann, Kent Lindfors, Antonia Low, Rikke Luther, Eric Magassa, Ohlsson/Dit-Cilinn, Doireann O’Malley & Armin Lorenz Gerold, Oliver Ressler, Lorenzo Sandoval, Pia Sandström, Lina Selander & Oscar Mangione, Knud Stampe, Ayatgali Tuleubek
“Neither separate, nor the same, the coming two editions of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art in 2019 & 2021 are made as an entanglement in honour of the “both…and”. The project addresses the consequences of a world view founded in presumed inherent separability – between genders, species and continents, as well as between nature and technology, the economy and the environment, the past and the future – and how these distinctions are currently being challenged in different ways.”
–Lisa Rosendahl, curator
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) celebrates in 2019 its tenth edition, an occasion to consider on the embedded temporality of biennials and test new forms of commitment to topicality, artists and audiences, by appointing Lisa Rosendahl as curator for the biennials in 2019 and 2021.
Titled Part of the Labyrinth, GIBCA 2019 makes use of the term interconnectedness as both motif and method. The tenth edition of the biennial takes the form of an exhibition woven between four principal venues, accompanied by public programs and commissions.
Each exhibition site is used as a thematic point of departure: from the collections of Gothenburg Natural History Museum to Röda Sten Konsthall’s industrial heritage, the colonial history of Franska tomten, and the modernist architecture of Göteborgs Konsthall. Bringing together these places within a common framework makes visible their shared history and interrelationships.
Part of the Labyrinth is the start of a conversation developing into 2021, when the biennial coincides with the 400-jubilee of the city of Gothenburg—an occasion to enquire into how our own precarious times can be understood as a consequence of transformative shifts in the 1600s, such as the formulation of a mechanistic and cartesian world view. The 2019 biennial title echoes the lines by Danish poet Inger Christensen: “I think/ therefore I am part/ of the labyrinth” (Letters in April, 1979) written in response to René Descartes’ “Cogito, ergo sum” (1637).
As a long-term commitment to site, the biennial commissions a series of soundworks informed by histories of past and present Gothenburg. In September a first work in the series, developed in collaboration with Göteborg konst, will be released and made available online through the biennial app. From 2019–2021, the biennial will also invite artists and other voices to respond to the many layers of history connected to Franska tomten, a plot of land in the Gothenburg harbour exchanged in 1784 as part of a trade deal with the French Empire for the Caribbean island of Saint-Barthélemy.
GIBCA continues the collaboration with an open network of art organisations in West Sweden. Between September-November 2019, more than 50 museums, artist-run spaces, galleries or temporary initiatives associate under the umbrella of GIBCA Extended and present contemporary art projects informed by the motif and framework of Part of the Labyrinth.
With the participation of 35 artists, Part of the Labyrinth aims to unsettle binaries produced by modernity through exploring entangled histories such as the relationship between colonialism, industry and environmental destruction, and the interplay between human and non-human ways of looking at the world.
Friday, September 6
Press and professional preview at all exhibition arenas 11am–5pm. Press preview starting 9am. Please register here.
Opening Crossworlds, a showcase of artists from West Sweden, and programme release of GIBCA Extended regional network at 3:e Våningen, 6–10pm
Saturday, September 7
Opening of Part of the Labyrinth 11am–5pm
Inauguration: Röda Sten Konsthall, 12pm
GIBCA Conversations: participating artists in dialogue with curator Lisa Rosendahl, 3–5pm
Opening party: Club Addis-Dakar take over Röda Sten Konsthall, 9pm–late
Public programme throughout the biennial is available here.