For this year's exhibition, Alicia Knock, director of the Contemporary Creation and Futures Department at the Centre Pompidou, and Inga Lāce, co-curators of the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, have chosen to focus their programming and research on the history of struggles for freedom, which have forged links between Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and certain African countries. In this way, they are offering visitors a chance to reflect on questions of transnational solidarity, resistance and resilience, and more generally on a post-colonial world in transition, where friendships become the starting point for new alliances.
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Participating artists (*presented in Kaunas and Riga)
Kaunas Biennial: Georges Adéagbo, Andrius Arutiunian, Judy Blum Reddy, Ihosvanny Cisneros, Andro Eradze, Ângela Ferreira*, François Xavier Gbre, Šejla Kamerić*, Jeanne Kamptchouang*, Admire Kamudzengerere, Hamedine Kane, Nikolay Karabinovych*, Mohammed Omar Khalil, Nino Kvrivishvili, Žilvinas Landzbergas, Ibrahim Mahama, Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien*, Ieva Martinaitytė-Mediodia, Jaanus Samma*, Yonamine*, Anastasia Sosunova*, Adéla Součková*, Magdalena Birutė Stankūnaitė-Stankūnienė, Sumayya Vally with Thania Petersen and Moad Musbahi, Kemang Wa Lehulere and Lefifi Tladi, Martin Zetová
Postal exchanges (growing list): Simon Benjamin, Claudie Dimbeng, Christopher Ejugbo, Salah Elmur, Petra Feriancova, Rashidah Ismaili, Sam Kakaire, Euridice Kala, Ermias Kifleysus, Louisa Marajo, Hassan Musa, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Nonument Group, Tjasa Rener
Survival Kit 14: Younes Baba-Ali, Zbyněk Baladrán and Tereza Stejskalová, Nú Barreto, DAVRA Collective (Valeriya Kim, Dona Kulmatova, Zumrad Mirzalieva and Saodat Ismailova), Endri Dani, Anna Ehrenstein, Inga Erdmane, Ângela Ferreira*, Anawana Haloba, Šejla Kamerić*, Jeanne Kamptchouang*, Nikolay Karabinovych*, kuš!, Žulijens Nuhums Kulibali, Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien*, Ilona Németh, Thierry Oussou, Liene Pavlovska, Natalie Perkof, Lala Raščić, Jaanus Samma*, Janek Simon, Anastasia Sosunova*, Adéla Součkova*, Jihan El Tahri, Evita Vasiļjeva, Yonamine*, Ala Younis
The Kaunas Biennial is co-financed by the Lithuanian Cultural Institute and the municipality of Kaunas. A collaboration with the Lyon Biennial has been launched as part of the Lithuanian Season in France in 2024.
Survival Kit 14 is organised by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art and supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, Riga City Council, the Goethe-Institut Riga and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.
For more information: https://bienale.lt/2023/en/long-distance-friendships/