Biennialgram from the 1st Yinchuan Biennale “For an Image, Faster than Light”

by Shwetal A. Patel

The accelerated programme of development is not new to China, but the unusual regional and cultural context has triggered speculation as to its underlying motives. If applied to the Biennale, this delivers a perhaps more enlightening critique than the mass media’s overwhelmingly singular focus on the last-minute removal of Ai WeiWei from the Biennial’s program…

11th Gwangju Biennale: A field report, or ‘what do biennials do?’

by Shwetal A. Patel

Amidst atmospheres of uncertainty and infrastructural precarity, the number and scale of biennales has seen an exponential increase over the last 30 years. The Gwangju Biennale – Asia’s largest and longest running – is no exception to this phenomenon. It has in recent years mounted ever more expansive and ambitious exhibitions and public programmes, curated by many of the world’s leading artistic protagonists. This year’s instantiation, under the direction of Maria Lind, revels in and reflects upon these dual trends of expansion and uncertainty.

Ecology and Catastrophe: Biennialgram from the 32nd São Paulo Biennial

by Vinicius Spricigo

Contentious displays of artists’ ethical and political positions became commonplace in the recent São Paulo Biennial openings. It could not be different this year, considering that the 32nd São Paulo Biennial opened a few days after the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff…

What are we building down there? – Interview with Niels Van Tomme, curator of the Bucharest Biennale 7

What are we building down there? – Laura Herman interviews Niels Van Tomme, curator of the Bucharest Biennale 7

In a valiant effort to reimagine what a biennale can be, the seventh edition of Bucharest’s Biennale for Contemporary Art What are we building down there? comes with a concept that is both simple and smart. Rather than housing art in various galleries and venues, Belgian curator and critic Niels Van Tomme reshapes our expectations by integrating advertising billboards in the capital city’s infrastructure…

Pictured above: Fatiha Zemmouri, À l'abri...de rien/Sheltered... From Nothing, 2016

Biennialgram from the Marrakech Biennale 6

by Vija Skangale

Bonjour! Morning air on the way from our hotel to the “Not New Now” or the sixth Marrakech Biennale was filled with a mixture of hot dust, a motor rollers’ loud noise and a delicate smell of spices…

Bart De Baere talks about the 6th Moscow Biennale

How to Gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of Eurasia –

Bart De Baere talks about the 6th Moscow Biennale

Interview by Sam Steverlynck

The 6th Moscow Biennale was not your average biennale concocted with the classic ingredients copied worldwide without questioning. Not only did it run for just ten days, it also felt more like a meeting place than a static biennale presenting existing – or some commissioned – works. With talk shows, debates and lectures by people like Yanis Varoufakis, sociologist Pascal Gielen and futurologist Maya van Leemput, it was a social-artistic laboratory that created quite a buzz. We met up with the curator, M HKA director Bart De Baere – who invited Nicolaus Schafhausen and Defne Ayas as co-curators – to find out more about the biennale’s genesis and the many challenges leading up to it.

View of Nikos Charalambidis' Carnival Pause (2006) at the 27th São Paulo Biennial

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