“Re:visited” Presents “The Rise and Fall of Art Biennales”
The symposium participants will learn about the dynamics of the development, trends and prognoses of this popular type of art event. The discussions will examine the opportunities presented by biennales, analyse their shortcomings and consider possible solutions. The symposium language is English, admission – free of charge.
“How should we understand this relatively recent phenomenon of the rapid spread of biennales? As a component of the recreation and tourism industry, which feeds the demands of consumer culture for the festivilisation of culture and new Disneylands, which deform the natural development of the artistic process? Or is it the opposite – seeing that the biennale becomes an experimental platform, an alternative to the museum, allowing a more elastic development of the artistic process and possessing the ability to quickly react to the most important trends and current events in art and society?” says Solvita Krese, the curator of the “Riga 2014” thematic line “Survival Kit” and the exhibition “Re:visited”.
Symposium participants and programme
12.00 Symposium opening
12.10 Ekaterina Degot (Russia), co-curator of the Bergen Assembly and the 1st Ural Biennial of Contemporary Art
13.10 Marieke van Hal (the Netherlands), Director of the Biennial Foundation
13.45 Jonatan Habib Engqvist (Sweden), curator of the exhibition “(I)ndependent People” in the framework of the Reykjavik Arts Festival 2012
15.20 Power Ekroth (Sweden/Norway), co-curator of the 7th Momentum Biennial and the Turku Biennial 2013
15.55 Aigars Bikše (Latvia), curator of the Sculpture Quadrennial, artist
16.00 Virginija Januškevičiūte (Lithuania), curator of the Baltic Triennial of International Art
17.05 Ann Lislegaard (Norway), artist, participant in the “Re:visited” exhibition
18.00 – 19.30 Discussion
Symposium moderators: Solvita Krese and Inga Lāce
The symposium “The Rise and Fall of Art Biennales” supplements the international contemporary art exhibition “Re:visited” that is on view at the Riga Art Space until the 27th of April as part of the “Riga 2014” Programme.
The exhibition showcases artworks by international artists recently represented at the most significant art biennials and shows abroad.
The full list of artists participating in the exhibition: Umida Akhmedova (Uzbekistan), Kristīne Alksne (Latvia) and Emmanuel Pidré (Argentina, Germany), Paweł Althamer (Poland), Petra Brauer (Sweden) & Marius Dybwad Brandrud (Sweden), Meschac Gaba (Benin/the Netherlands), Igor Grubić (Croatia), Rana Hamadeh (Lebanon/the Netherlands), Jumaadi (Indonesia), Eva Kotátková (Czech Republic), Nicolas Kozakis & Raoul Vaneigem (Belgium), Ann Lislegaard (Norway), Jumana Manna (U.S./Germany) & Sille Storihle (Norway), Antonio Vega Macotela (Mexico), Mark Manders (the Netherlands), Paulo Nazareth (Brazil), Selma and Sofiane Ouissi (Tunisia), Konstanze Schmitt (Germany) and Corin Sworn (Great Britain).
The Riga Art Space is located at Kungu iela 3, Riga.