The concept of the meeting focuses on the creative structure of periodic events and its social practice that challenges space and time in contemporary art. The fact that artists and curators move continuously amongst biennials and festivals has created an alternative, cross-national and intangible space where discursive voices can be heard and shared.
Notions of cosmopolitanism and transnationalism have been rendered ever more visible in the realm of contemporary art and its practices, with international biennials at its heart. The form has already reached some 280 iterations as biennials widespread and decentralized across different corners of the globe, and has marked a shift in cultural production and consumption from a framework of dense cultural centers to a multiplicity of cultural networks. As a result, contemporary art across the world, increasingly, exists in the gap between multiple cultural influences and zones of exchange.
4 Mar: Welcome dinner (IBA members only)
5 Mar: Sharjah Biennial 12 official opening,
Keynote lecture, Conversation with biennial makers,
Presentations (Open to public)
6 Mar: 3rd Board Meeting, Opening words from President Yongwoo Lee,
Welcoming words from Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, Introduction to new members, IBA general report, Deliberation, Appreciation banquet (IBA members only)
7 Mar: Full-day tour to Kalba for Sharjah Biennial 12
- Keynote lecture: “Rethinking Cosmopolitanism: Is Afropolitan the Answer?” by Salah Hassan. Courtesy of International Biennial Association