The 10th Berlin Biennale, curated by Gabi Ngcobo and her team, opens on June 9th 2018 and is hosted in four venues around town: KW – Institute for Contemporary Art; Volksbühne Pavillion; the Akademie der Kunste at Hanseatenweg and ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics.
The Biennale will run for 3 months and the artists included are Agnieszka Brzeżańska, Ana Mendieta, Basir Mahmood, Belkis Ayón, Cinthia Marcelle, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Elsa M’bala, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, Fabiana Faleiros, Firelei Báez, Gabisile Nkosi, Grada Kilomba, Heba Y. Amin, Herman Mbamba, Joanna Piotrowska, Johanna Unzueta, Julia Phillips, Keleketla! Library, Las Nietas de Nonó, Liz Johnson Artur, Lorena Gutiérrez Camejo, Lubaina Himid, Luke Willis Thompson, Lydia Hamann & Kaj Osteroth, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Mario Pfeifer, Mildred Thompson, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Minia Biabiany, Moshekwa Langa, Natasha A. Kelly, Okwui Okpokwasili, Oscar Murillo, Özlem Altın, Patricia Belli, Portia Zvavahera, Sam Samiee, Sara Haq, Simone Leigh, Sinethemba Twalo and Jabu Arnell, Sondra Perry, Tessa Mars, Thierry Oussou, Tony Cokes, Tony Cruz Pabón, and Zuleikha Chaudhari.
The title of the Biennale, We Don’t Need Another Hero, is taken from the 1985 Tina Tuner song and, as the curatorial team stated: “we draw from a moment directly preceding major geopolitical shifts that brought about regime changes and new historical figures. The 10th Berlin Biennale does not provide a coherent reading of histories or the present of any kind. Like the song, it rejects the desire for a savior. Instead, it explores the political potential of the act of self-preservation, refusing to be seduced by unyielding knowledge systems and historical narratives that contribute to the creation of toxic subjectivities. We are interested in different configurations of knowledge and power that enable contradictions and complications.”
- Akademie der Künste (Hanseatenweg), Berlin. Courtesy: Berlin Biennale; photograph: Timo Ohler Akademie der Künste (Hanseatenweg), Berlin. Courtesy: Berlin Biennale; photograph: Timo Ohler