Less than two weeks before its opening, the Berlin Biennale, one of Europe’s top recurring art exhibitions, has named the artists set to show in this year’s edition, curated by artist Kader Attia. Titled “Still Present!,” it will kick off on June 11.
This year, the Biennale is likely to be seen by even more people than usual at its start, since its opening roughly coincides with the Swiss edition of the fair Art Basel and the beginning of Documenta, a quinquennial in the German city of Kassel.
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Attia’s biennial will take as its theme “the legacies of modernity and the resulting state of planetary emergency,” according to a description supplied by the Berlin Biennale. In addition to new works from some of today’s top artists, it will feature historical documents.
Issues related to decolonization, feminism, and restitution will be considered by the participants. According to Attia, among the questions being mulled by these artists is a particularly epic one: “Can the field of emotion be reclaimed through art?”
The list of artists follows below.
Antonio Recalcati, Enrico Baj, Erró, Gianni Dova, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Roberto Crippa
Ariella Aïsha Azoulay
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Calida Garcia Rawles
DAAR – Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti
Đào Châu Hải
Deneth Piumakshi Veda Arachchige
Florian Sông Nguyễn
Hasan Özgür Top
Imani Jacqueline Brown
Jeneen Frei Njootli
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Marta Popivoda/Ana Vujanović
Mónica de Miranda
Myriam El Haïk
Ngô Thành Bắc
Noel W Anderson
EROU – Pôle d’Exploration des Ressources Urbaines
Tejswini Narayan Sonawane
The School of Mutants (Boris Raux, Hamedine Kane, Lou Mo, Stéphane Verlet Bottéro, Valérie Osouf)
Tuấn Andrew Nguyễn