The ways in which history is narrated is a highly debated subject—not least in relation to the anti-racist, environmental, and gender struggles defining the contemporary moment. This book explores how artists and curators evoke the past as a part of the present within the framework of contemporary art biennials. Can the nonlinear and poly vocal form of the art biennial—distinctly different from that of historical museums and academia—provide an experimental testing ground for publicly processing the past and reimagining the future?
Conceived as a resource for the fields of art and exhibition studies, as well as for readers interested in history and social change, the book includes reflections on artistic and curatorial strategies, from Lagos to Prishtina and from Venice to Gwangju. The 2019 and 2021 editions of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art are featured as case-studies opening up for a wider discussion about the relationship between art and the production of historical consciousness.
476 pgs, 24 × 16.8 cm, Softcover, 2022, 9788867494897