Biennials and Postcoloniality
Thembinkosi Goniwe (Assistant Professor of Art History, Rhodes University), Margarita Gonzalez Lorente (Vice Director, 13th edition of Havana Biennial and Curator, International Contemporary Art, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana), Hou Hanru (Artistic Director, MAXXI)
Moderator: Iftikhar Dadi (Associate Professor, History of Art and Director, South Asia Program, Cornell University)
This panel will reflect on postcoloniality and postcolonial theory and their role in the critical decentring of the art world in the context of the emergence of ‘Global South/Third World’ biennials. Sharjah, Havana and Dakar are among the locations where biennials conceived after the Cold War era have participated in the project of decolonising and decentring. These biennials and others arose out of historical and political experiences, engaging with critical thought in terms of the centre versus the periphery and the decentring of the art world and artistic production through engagement with critical forms of postcoloniality and the imagining of a ‘multi-trajectory’ contemporary art world.
Curating in the Age of Crises
Sammy Baloji (visual artist and co-founder of the Lubumbashi Biennale) and Lucrezia Cippitelli (scholar, curator), Enrique Rivera (Director, Biennial of Media Arts of Santiago), Christine Tohme (Founding Director, Ashkal Alwan), Tirdad Zolghadr (Associate Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Artistic Director, Sommerakademie Paul Klee)
Moderator: Ute Meta Bauer (Founding Director, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU)
Art practitioners from major global cities, including Santiago, Lubumbashi, Ramallah and Beirut, will reflect on their experiences in curating engaging biennials. They will explore current political, environmental, economic and social crises around the world and debate what it means to produce art in such challenging times. Everywhere one looks these days, crises with global implications, one after the other, are becoming the norm. What resources can biennials bring to bear in these complex times? What durational projects can address the different forms of crisis?