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Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät - Geographisches Institut

05.11.2019 | 16:00 - 18:00 | Geographisches Kolloquium

Wann 05.11.2019 von 16:00 bis 18:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100) iCal
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Geographisches Kolloquium am Geographischen Institut


Dr. Julie Ren
(HU Berlin)

Obscuring representation: Art biennials in Dakar and Taipei

There has been a proliferation of contemporary art biennials in the past twenty years, especially in cities outside of North America and Europe. What biennials represent to their host cities, and what is represented at these events reveal a great deal about the significance of this proliferation. The biennial platform entails formalistic notions of representation with regards to the selection of artists, as emissaries of countries where they may have been born, reside, or to which they have some kind of affinity.

Yet the notion of representation is also obscured, considering artists’ biographies, artistic references, audiences, and curatorial processes. In contradistinction to the colonial world fair, the biennial thwarts the notion or possibility of "authentic" representation. What remains is an emergent contemporaneity that speaks a patois.

Kultur- und Sozialgeographie
Geographisches Institut
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin