Year founded: 2011
Organiser: Dallas Biennial


The Dallas Biennial (DB) is an artist run biennial and non-profit. It looks to the now ubiquitous format as a means to advocate art production and investigate exhibition and curation. Each biennial will be labeled DB, followed by the year of its launch.

The DALLAS BIENNIAL (DB) purposely strives to keep its distance from what are often seen as the dominant centers of artistic  production, instead seeking fresh and fertile terrain for the mapping of a new cultural topography. This includes innovations in curatorial  practices, exhibition models and education. Each biennial aims to investigate and reflect on emerging developments in contemporary art, set within a shifting context. In doing so, it presents local, national and international audiences with new aspects and forms of artistic production.

Each DB comprises a range of activities extending over a period of two or more years. This incorporates publications, meetings,  discussions, workshops and seminars, staged in diverse locations throughout Texas and in the neighboring regions, culminating in an exhibition  in Dallas. In this way, DB aims to create a keen and workable interface between prevailing international artistic and intellectual debates, paying attention to the specific qualities and  idiosyncrasies of a given time.

Inherent to DB’s nomadic character is the desire to explore the psychological and geographical territory of Europe, the U.S. and the Internet referring both to border-lines and concepts. This process aims to establish closer dialogue between particular cultural and artistic situations and the broader, international fields of contemporary art, theory and politics in a changing society. Therefore the DALLAS BIENNIAL looks forward to expanding its network and building creative partnerships with organizations, curators, art professionals and independent figureheads in [the United States], Europe and beyond, drafting an interlocking map of contemporary art