Art Biennials & Other Global Disasters
Physical and digital banners, installations, paintings, diagrams, collective research and production workshops.
This series provocatively pairs well-known, or deservedly memorable art events with global political, economic or ecological disasters. Each banner offers a different challenge to viewers and participants, by the sheer specificity of its double naming. For instance the banner “Venice / Chernobyl” triggers very different associations and significations than “Sharjah / Kanungu” or “Kassel / Banqiao”. Additional layers of meaning appear through the physical and cultural context in which these seemingly celebratory corporate banners are placed. The banners often serve to initiate dialogues with local participants by means of a series of workshops and public discussions. They also become the cohesive element bringing together social and curatorial projects produced by local artists, students, curators, activists, and scholars, wherever the project may go. New works in the series offer a particular focus to overall process of accumulation and memory production.