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11 Jun '22 18 Sep '22

12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

  • Highlights
The 12th Berlin Biennale takes place from June 11 to September 18, 2022 at various venues in Berlin and is curated by Kader Attia. On the occasion of the 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, titled Still Present!, artists from around the globe engage with the legacies of modernity and the resulting state of planetary emergency.

In addition to their works, the exhibition features historical documents, including political and activist publications from the Archiv der Avantgarden – Egidio Marzona (AdA).

The contributions reveal connections between colonialism, fascism, and imperialism, and propose decolonial strategies for the future, oriented around a set of questions:

How can a decolonial ecology be shaped? What role can non-Western feminist movements play in the reappropriation of historical narratives? How can the debate on restitution be reinvented beyond the return of plundered goods? Can the field of emotion be reclaimed through art?

With works by:

Alex Prager • Amal Kenawy • Ammar Bouras • Antonio Recalcati, Enrico Baj, Erró, Gianni Dova, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Roberto Crippa • Ariella Aïsha Azoulay • Asim Abdulaziz • Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme • Binta Diaw • Birender Yadav • Calida Garcia Rawles • Christine Safatly • Clément Cogitore • DAAR – Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti • Dana Levy • Đào Châu Hải • David Chavalarias • Deneth Piumakshi Veda Arachchige • Driss Ouadahi • Dubréus Lhérisson • Elske Rosenfeld • Etinosa Yvonne • Florian Sông Nguyễn • Forensic Architecture • Haig Aivazian • Hasan Özgür Top • Imani Jacqueline Brown • Jean-Jacques Lebel • Jeneen Frei Njootli • Jihan El-Tahri • João Polido • Khandakar Ohida • Lamia Joreige • Lawrence Abu Hamdan • Layth Kareem • Mai Nguyễn-Long • Maithu Bùi • Marta Popivoda/Ana Vujanović • Mathieu Pernot • Mayuri Chari • Mila Turajlić • Mónica de Miranda • Moses März • Myriam El Haïk • Ngô Thành Bắc • Nil Yalter • Noel W Anderson • Olivier Marboeuf • Omer Fast • PEROU – Pôle d’Exploration des Ressources Urbaines • Prabhakar Kamble • Praneet Soi • Raed Mutar • Sajjad Abbas • Sammy Baloji • Simone Fattal • Susan Schuppli • Susana Pilar • Sven Johne • Taloi Havini • Tammy Nguyen • Taysir Batniji • Tejswini Narayan Sonawane • Temitayo Ogunbiyi • The School of Mutants (Boris Raux, Hamedine Kane, Lou Mo, Stéphane Verlet Bottéro, Valérie Osouf) • Thùy-Hân Nguyễn-Chí • Tuấn Andrew Nguyễn • Uriel Orlow • Yuyan Wang • Zach Blas • Zuzanna Hertzberg

“I am often asked: What comes after decolonial thinking? However, I’m less concerned with what comes after than with the fact that it is an ongoing conversation in the here and now, a series of acts of repair taking place in different spheres of society.” Kader Attia

Colonialism continues to have an impact on the present, long after people in the Global South have achieved political independence. Over 500 years of colonial thought and action have shaped all aspects of life—in the societies of the South as well as those of the North. Colonial violence, fascism, and capitalist exploitation persist, with new varieties emerging. The liberation of knowledge, thinking, and acting from colonial patterns is the impetus behind a decolonial process, which seeks to unlearn what has been learned and to continuously question one’s point of view.

Kader Attia looks back on more than two decades of decolonial engagement. As an artist, thinker, and convener, he has been particularly concerned with the notion of repair—first of objects and physical injuries, and subsequently of individual and societal traumas. Throughout his practice, repair has emerged as a mode of cultural resistance, a form of agency that finds expression in diverse practices and fields of knowledge.

As curator of the 12th Berlin Biennale, Attia makes this form of agency the starting point of a program that engaging contributors and audiences alike in a critical conversation about how to care for the now.

With the recognition of art as an elaborate form of repair, the 12th Berlin Biennale unfolds around a set of questions. How can the decolonization of art be conceived—from the restitution of plundered goods to an anticolonial culture of memory? What role can non-Western feminist movements play in the reappropriation of history and identity? How are the climate crisis and colonialism related, and how can resource extraction be resisted and native knowledges acknowledged to preserve ecosystems? With exhibitions, interventions, and events, the 12th Berlin Biennale will span diverse venues in the city, offering a discursive space that bridges different fields of knowledge production. From June 11 to September 18, 2022, a polyphonic debate evolves, convening artists, scholars, and activists to map the world with its ruptures and contradictions, create counternarratives to the colonial chronicle, and collaboratively shape new forms of agency for the future.
The Berlin Biennale is organized by KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V. The Berlin Biennale is funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation). The Kulturstiftung des Bundes is funded by the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media).
verschiedene Veranstaltungsorte Berlin
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