8th Berlin Biennale

The 8th Berlin Biennale, on view from May 29 until August 3, brings together a range of international artistic positions that explore the intersection between larger historical narratives and individuals’ lives. The majority of the participating artists have produced new works for the exhibition, which proposes new perspectives on the facets of and relations in history. It spans four distinct venues in western Berlin and Berlin-Mitte—Haus am Waldsee, Museen Dahlem – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and Crash Pad c/o KW.

Juan A. Gaitán, Curator of the 8th Berlin Biennale stated that “one of the most exciting challenges faced by the 8th Berlin Biennale and its team relates to the decision to invite such a broad and international group of artists to take part in the exhibition and to develop newly commissioned works. Several of the works, for instance, were conceived in direct connection to the museums in Dahlem and to the colonial and imperial logic that it embodies in the collecting and display of artifacts belonging to other cultures. Other works in the exhibition have to do with the contemplative regime that is established in the display of the contemporary museum, which emphasizes the semblance of things and privileges a Western form of aesthetic appreciation. Following this discourse, other works engage directly with the mechanisms of the image, its production, and myriad functions.”

Juan A. Gaitán worked with an artistic team formed by Tarek Atoui, Natasha Ginwala,Catalina Lozano, Mariana Munguía, Olaf Nicolai and Danh Vo.

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