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The Institut français is supporting French artists participating in the Berlin Biennale

The Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art has appointed the artist Kader Attia as curator of its 12th edition. It will take place from 11 June to 18 September 2022. This is the first time in its history that a French artist of Algerian origin has been chosen to define the concept of the exhibition. 

This same year will mark the 60th anniversary of Algeria's independence, sealed in 1962 by the Evian agreements. This will be an opportunity to further promote Franco-German cultural cooperation and to anchor cultural diplomacy between France and Germany more firmly, while involving other Francophone countries such as Algeria, Senegal, Lebanon, Morocco and many others. 

About twenty artists and theoreticians from the French cultural scene have been invited to take part in the Biennale. The Institut français supports their participation in the framework of its Relance Export programme for exhibitions of French culture abroad. 

Published on 20/06/2022

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Kader Attia, curator of the 12th Berlin Biennale

Raised between Paris and Algeria, Kader Attia (born in 1970 in Dugny, France) studied philosophy and art at the École supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré and the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris as well as at the Escola Massana in Barcelona. 

He then spent several years in Congo, Venezuela, Mexico and Spain. Today he lives and works between Berlin and Paris. 

Curatorial team

Ana Teixeira Pinto, Đỗ Tường Linh, Marie Helene Pereira, Noam Segal and Rasha Salti have all been invited to join Kader Attia's artistic team, bringing their unique perspectives to the decolonial concept through the prism of their diverse critical backgrounds and practices. 

12th Berlin Biennale : 11 June - 11 September 2022

Kader Attia has been addressing the notion of "repair" in his artistic practice for more than two decades, exploring the dialectic between destruction and repair. The notion of repair is understood here as a possibility of cultural resistance, but also as a means for a society or a subject to reappropriate its history and identity. Repair in a broad sense describes an approach that can be developed in a collective and collaborative way. It can be accessed both through thought and feeling, between the work and the viewers, between the narrator and the listener. 

Kader Attia therefore bases his work around the concept of "repair", which is the central point of departure for his artistic practice and his exhibition concept for the 12th Berlin Biennale. He wishes to initiate a transnational debate that not only addresses historical issues and responsibilities that have long been ignored, but also sets in motion processes that transform our cultural, social and political living conditions. It aims to contribute to a culture of contemporary and anti-colonial memory and to the work of historical analysis, recognition and redress. 

The four thematic fields

The curator has chosen to structure the 12th Berlin Biennale around four thematic fields, all of which are based on the concept of "repair". 

Colonialism, fascism and the field of emotions 

Decolonial feminism 

Decolonial ecology 

A decolonisation of the arts and colonial heritage 

The exhibition

For the main exhibition, the 12th Berlin Biennale will take over institutions such as the KW Institute for Contemporary Art and the two sites of the Akademie der Künste - Pariser Platz and Hanseatenweg. In this exhibition, contemporary artists will map the world with its fractures and contradictions and imagine counter-narratives to the colonial narrative and the politics of fear and hate. The curator will bring works by contemporary artists and historical documents and objects face to face, highlighting the sometimes technophile artistic avant-garde of the modern era, as well as the links between fascism and colonialism. 

In addition to the main exhibition, there will be a series of collaborations with venues such as the Gemäldegalerie, the Museum für Naturkunde and the Campus für Demokratie. Specific projects at these locations will be presented in relation to one of the four themes detailed above. 

The Media: public programme

The Media is a programme of events and web formats specially designed for the occasion. Questioning how decolonial strategies can be implemented in the media and considered as a counter-project to anti-democratic structures, it creates a bridge between the exhibition space and the media space, a space for dialogue that experiments with new ways of meeting during and after a pandemic. 

Participants

A number of artists, researchers and activists from France and other French-speaking countries, as well as from Africa, have been invited to participate in the 12th Berlin Biennale, either as members of the artistic team or the designated scientific committee, or to present their artistic productions. 

 

Participants from France or living in France 

Invited artists (13)

Clément Cogitore 

 

Clément Cogitore, Lascaux, 2017 Clément Cogitore, Lascaux, 2017
Clément Cogitore, Les Indes Galantes [Das galante Indien], 2017 Clément Cogitore, Les Indes Galantes [Das galante Indien], 2017 HD-Video, Farbe, Ton, 5′26′′ Videostill Courtesy Chantal Crousel Consulting; Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart © Clément Cogitore / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
Clément Cogitore, Les Indes Galantes [Das galante Indien], 2017 Clément Cogitore, Les Indes Galantes [Das galante Indien], 2017 HD-Video, Farbe, Ton, 5′26′′ Videostill Courtesy Chantal Crousel Consulting; Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart © Clément Cogitore / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
Clément Cogitore, Les Indes Galantes [Das galante Indien], 2017 Clément Cogitore, Les Indes Galantes [Das galante Indien], 2017 HD-Video, Farbe, Ton, 5′26′′ Videostill Courtesy Chantal Crousel Consulting; Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart © Clément Cogitore / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Florian Sông Nguyễn

 

Florian Sông Nguyễn, les chiens errants [Die streunenden Hunde] (Detail), 2022 Florian Sông Nguyễn, les chiens errants [Die streunenden Hunde] (Detail), 2022 Tusche-Wandzeichnung, Tusche auf Papier Maße variabel © Florian Sông Nguyễn
Florian Sông Nguyễn, les chiens errants [Die streunenden Hunde] (Detail), 2022 Florian Sông Nguyễn, les chiens errants [Die streunenden Hunde] (Detail), 2022 Tusche-Wandzeichnung, Tusche auf Papier Maße variabel © Florian Sông Nguyễn
Florian Sông Nguyễn, les chiens errants [Die streunenden Hunde] (Detail), 2022 Florian Sông Nguyễn, les chiens errants [Die streunenden Hunde] (Detail), 2022 Tusche-Wandzeichnung, Tusche auf Papier Maße variabel © Florian Sông Nguyễn
Florian Sông Nguyễn, les chiens errants [Die streunenden Hunde] (Detail), 2022 Florian Sông Nguyễn, les chiens errants [Die streunenden Hunde] (Detail), 2022 Tusche-Wandzeichnung, Tusche auf Papier Maße variabel © Florian Sông Nguyễn

Deneth Piumakshi Veda Arachchige

Jihan El-Tahri

The School of Mutants (Boris Raux, Hamedine Kane, Lou Mo, Stéphane Verlet Bottéro, Valérie Osouf

 

David Chavalarias 

David Chavalarias, Listen to Politics [Höre Politik zu], 2022 David Chavalarias, Listen to Politics [Höre Politik zu], 2022 Aus der Serie Shifting Collectives [Dynamiken von Kollektiven] Videoanimation, Farbe, Ton, 10' Videostill © David Chavalarias
David Chavalarias, Listen to Politics [Höre Politik zu], 2022 David Chavalarias, Listen to Politics [Höre Politik zu], 2022 Aus der Serie Shifting Collectives [Dynamiken von Kollektiven] Videoanimation, Farbe, Ton, 10' Videostill © David Chavalarias
David Chavalarias, Listen to Politics [Höre Politik zu], 2022 David Chavalarias, Listen to Politics [Höre Politik zu], 2022 Aus der Serie Shifting Collectives [Dynamiken von Kollektiven] Videoanimation, Farbe, Ton, 10' Videostill © David Chavalarias
David Chavalarias, Listen to Politics [Höre Politik zu], 2022 David Chavalarias, Listen to Politics [Höre Politik zu], 2022 Aus der Serie Shifting Collectives [Dynamiken von Kollektiven] Videoanimation, Farbe, Ton, 10' Videostill © David Chavalarias
David Chavalarias, Listen to Politics [Höre Politik zu], 2022 David Chavalarias, Listen to Politics [Höre Politik zu], 2022 Aus der Serie Shifting Collectives [Dynamiken von Kollektiven] Videoanimation, Farbe, Ton, 10' Videostill © David Chavalarias

Jean-Jacques Lebel 

Antonio Recalcati, Enrico Baj, Erró, Gianni Giancarlo Dova, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Roberto Crippa, Grand tableau antifasciste collectif [Großes kollektives antifaschistisches Gemälde], 1960 Antonio Recalcati, Enrico Baj, Erró, Gianni Giancarlo Dova, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Roberto Crippa, Grand tableau antifasciste collectif [Großes kollektives antifaschistisches Gemälde], 1960 Öl und Collage auf Leinwand 400 × 500 cm © Antonio Recalcati, Erró, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Roberto Crippa / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022; Erben Enrico Baj, Gianni Dova

Mathieu Pernot

 

Mathieu Pernot, Ninaï, 1995, aus der Serie Les Gorgan [Die Gorgans], 1995–2015 Mathieu Pernot, Famille Gorgan [Familie Gorgan], 1995, aus der Serie Les Gorgan [Die Gorgans], 1995–2015 Fotografie Maße variabel © Mathieu Pernot / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
Mathieu Pernot, Mickael, 2008, aus der Serie Les Gorgan [Die Gorgans], 1995–2015 Mathieu Pernot, Mickael, 2008, aus der Serie Les Gorgan [Die Gorgans], 1995–2015 Fotografie Maße variabel © Mathieu Pernot / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
Mathieu Pernot, Mickael, 2012, aus der Serie Les Gorgan [Die Gorgans], 1995–2015 Mathieu Pernot, Mickael, 2012, aus der Serie Les Gorgan [Die Gorgans], 1995–2015 Fotografie Maße variabel © Mathieu Pernot / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
Mathieu Pernot, Mickael, Avignon, 2001, aus der Serie Les Gorgan [Die Gorgans], 1995–2015 Mathieu Pernot, Mickael, Avignon, 2001, aus der Serie Les Gorgan [Die Gorgans], 1995–2015 Fotografie Maße variabel © Mathieu Pernot / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
Mathieu Pernot, Ninaï, 1995, aus der Serie Les Gorgan [Die Gorgans], 1995–2015 Mathieu Pernot, Ninaï, 1995, aus der Serie Les Gorgan [Die Gorgans], 1995–2015 Fotografie Maße variabel © Mathieu Pernot / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
Mathieu Pernot, Ninaï, 2016, aus der Serie Les Gorgan [Die Gorgans], 1995–2015 Mathieu Pernot, Ninaï, 2016, aus der Serie Les Gorgan [Die Gorgans], 1995–2015 Fotografie Maße variabel © Mathieu Pernot / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
Olivier Marboeuf, Museum of Drawing [Museum des Zeichnens], 2022 Olivier Marboeuf, Museum of Drawing [Museum des Zeichnens], 2022 Bleistift auf Papier 25 x 18 cm © Olivier Marboeuf

PEROU – Pôle d’Exploration des Ressources Urbaines 

PEROU – Pôle d’Exploration des Ressources Urbaines, Considérant qu’il est plausible que de tels événements puissent à nouveau survenir [In Anbetracht dessen, dass solche Ereignisse erneut eintreten könnten], 2015 PEROU – Pôle d’Exploration des Ressources Urbaines, Considérant qu’il est plausible que de tels événements puissent à nouveau survenir [In Anbetracht dessen, dass solche Ereignisse erneut eintreten könnten], 2015 Video, Farbe, Ton, 28’35’’ Videostill Courtesy Sammlung Frac Franche-Comté © Sébastien Thiéry
PEROU – Pôle d’Exploration des Ressources Urbaines, Considérant qu’il est plausible que de tels événements puissent à nouveau survenir [In Anbetracht dessen, dass solche Ereignisse erneut eintreten könnten], 2015 PEROU – Pôle d’Exploration des Ressources Urbaines, Considérant qu’il est plausible que de tels événements puissent à nouveau survenir [In Anbetracht dessen, dass solche Ereignisse erneut eintreten könnten], 2015 Video, Farbe, Ton, 28’35’’ Videostill Courtesy Sammlung Frac Franche-Comté © Sébastien Thiéry
PEROU – Pôle d’Exploration des Ressources Urbaines, Considérant qu’il est plausible que de tels événements puissent à nouveau survenir [In Anbetracht dessen, dass solche Ereignisse erneut eintreten könnten], 2015 PEROU – Pôle d’Exploration des Ressources Urbaines, Considérant qu’il est plausible que de tels événements puissent à nouveau survenir [In Anbetracht dessen, dass solche Ereignisse erneut eintreten könnten], 2015 Video, Farbe, Ton, 28’35’’ Videostill Courtesy Sammlung Frac Franche-Comté © Sébastien Thiéry

Scientific Committee: French participants (9) 

Alice Cherki 

Lives and works in Paris, FR Born in Algiers, DZ 

Bénédicte Savoy 

Lives and works in Paris, FR and Berlin, DE Born in Paris, FR 

Fethi Benslama 

Lives and works in Paris, FR Born in Salakta, TN 

Françoise Vergès 

Lives and works in Paris, FR Born in Paris, FR 

Etienne Balibar 

Lives and works in Paris, FR Born in Avallon, FR 

Giovanna Zapperi 

Lives and works in Paris and Tours, FR Born in Rome, IT 

Jean Lassègue 

Lives and works in Paris, FR Born in Paris, FR 

Malcom Ferdinand 

Lives and works in Paris, FR Born in Martinique, FR 

Yala Kisukidi 

Lives and works in Paris, FR Born in Brussels, BE

L'Institut français et la Biennale de Berlin

The Institut français supports the participation of artists from the French cultural scene to the Berlin Biennale, in the framework of its Relance Export programme

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