What Does a Biennial Do? The Winds of Timișoara

by Maria Lind and Anca Rujoiu

So, what do biennials do? Or more specifically, what did this biennial – the Art Encounters Biennial 2019 – do? Some possible answers are already on the tips of our tongues; others will come over time. We’d like to think that this biennial made possible a wide variety of encounters between art, the inhabitants of Timișoara and visitors, alike – not only throughout 2019, but also beyond, for a number of artworks will remain in the city, and new relationships have been forged.
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NIRIN: the 22nd Biennale of Sydney

Our correspondent Michaela Bear had a chance to visit the 22nd Biennale of Sydney days before it closed to the public on Tuesday, 24 March 2020. Her reports describes an exhibition giving voice to under-represented communities, issues and histories…
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22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN moves to digital experience

Working with long-time Biennale partner Google – and in a first for the Biennale of Sydney – audiences around the world will be able to engage with NIRIN on the Google Arts & Culture platform. Creating a virtual Biennale will bring the exhibition and programs to life through live content, virtual walk-throughs, podcasts, interactive Q&As, curated tours and artist takeovers.
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The biennial franchise has arrived – in Al-Ula and on Instagram

by Melissa Gronlund

When Desert X – a young biennial from California – announced it would be producing an exhibition in the Saudi desert site of Al-Ula, it ignited a firestorm of international opposition. Three board members resigned, including Ed Ruscha, in order to protest the collaboration with the Saudi state. Discussions about boycotts dominated coverage…
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Executive Director

Honolulu Biennial Foundation seeks Executive Director

Honolulu Biennial Foundation seeks a dynamic and highly motivated Executive Director (ED) with a strong background in contemporary art and professional experience managing and fundraising for a visual arts nonprofit organization. The ED position is based in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The desired start date is April 2020.
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Bangkok Biennial 2020

Bangkok Biennial 2020 Open Call for Pavilions

The Bangkok Biennial 2020 will take place from October to December, 2020. It will maintain the open source structure with no central curator or dictation. The organizers believe that this reflects and echoes the mood and general exasperation in regard to power mongering in every sphere of top-down dictatorial structures seen in contemporary Thailand, the region and perhaps the entire world at this moment.
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freedom of expression

Aichi Triennale tests the limits of freedom of expression in Japan

Vincent Pruden talks to the Aichi Triennale’s Chief Curator, Iida Shihoko.

When shown at Gallery Furuto in Tokyo in 2015, the Freedom of Expression?, exhibition assembling works that had earlier been rejected or removed by other exhibition organizers in Japan amid controversy, went almost unnoticed. When the updated version of the show opened as part of the 2019 Aichi Triennale, earlier this year, it ignited extreme reactions and re-opened debate over the increasing prevalence of censorship in Japan. Vincent Pruden talks to the Aichi Triennale’s Chief Curator, IIDA Shihoko about the aftermath of the controversy which represents a serious threat to the future existence of one of the most important biennials in Asia.
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