Allied Kyiv Biennial 2021
17 september, 2021
The fourth edition of the Kyiv Biennial, an international forum for art, knowledge and politics that integrates exhibitions and discussion platforms, will take place from October 16th to November 14th 2021. The upcoming edition – Allied – emphasizes cross-border collaboration and is jointly curated by members of the East Europe Biennial Alliance: Biennale Matter of Art Prague, Biennale Warszawa, Kyiv Biennial, OFF-Biennale Budapest and Survival Kit Festival Riga.
The diverse biennial program will address various historical forms and contemporary examples of cultural and political alliances in Eastern Europe and beyond and their ability to create new social formats. Allied – Kyiv Biennial 2021 will present a series of art projects and educational events particularly focusing on the current conditions, political factors, and institutional actors that foster new alliances in the 21st century. Once again, the Kyiv Biennial will explore the architectural context of the city and the residuals of Soviet modernism – the main location of this year’s edition will be the House of Cinema.
The Kyiv Biennial is organized by the Visual Culture Research Center. Previous editions explored the emancipatory potential of the idea of the political International and the political and cultural role of modern information technologies as well as social transformations that have happened in Eastern Europe over the past three decades.
East Europe Biennial Alliance was established in 2019 in order to propose new forms of international solidarity, expanding socio-political imagination and alternative cultural solutions. Through connecting aesthetics and politics, the Alliance constructs a different narrative of the East European region and redefines the way cultural institutions collaborate.
The project is supported by ERSTE Foundation, Foundation for Arts Initiatives, Sigrid Rausing Trust, and Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.
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