Welcome to Helsinki Biennial Talks
Helsinki Biennial Talks is a series of talks on the subject of international biennials of contemporary art. The upcoming conversation on 31 March brings together biennial curators from across the world. The conversation will be livestreamed on Helsinki Biennial’s Youtube channel and Facebook page. You’re warmly welcome!
Biennials in Conversation 2: RIBOCA (Riga), the Goteborg International Biennial of Contemporary Art (GIBCA), and the 10th Berlin Biennale
Wednesday 31 March 2021 from 4.30 to 6.30 pm EET
This talk will focus on three recent biennial exhibitions in Riga, Goteborg and Berlin, and on their divergent approaches to the biennial-perennial exhibition model. The conversation aims to shed light on the variant roles of directors, curators, and organisers within these recent exhibitions. The panelists are curators Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, Nav Haq, and Gabi Ngcobo, the invited curators of RIBOCA 2020, GIBCA 2017, and 10th Berlin Biennale 2018 respectively. Together they will explore how their biennials are challenging the standard perennial exhibition-form and responding to their particular geopolitical contexts.
Three contextual presentations will be followed by moderated discussion and a critical response by an invited Helsinki-based curator. The talk will show how each city-based biennial employs and adopts diverse formats and curatorial positions, and looks to how each of these biennials take on divergent approaches to engaging their respective cities and publics, whilst responding to the specifics of local to global dynamics and their histories
Moderator: Dr. Paul O’Neill, curator, writer, educator, Artistic Director of PUBLICS.
Panelists: Nav Haq, Associate Director M HKA, and Curator of GIBCA 2017; Gabi Ngcobo, Curator of the 10th Berlin Biennale 2018; Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, Curator of 2nd RIBOCA Biennial, Riga, 2020.
Respondent: João Laia, Chief Curator, KIASMA, Co-Curator of the 14th Baltic Triennial.
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