For an Image, Faster Than Light

Duration:2016.09.09 - 2016.12.18


Curator:Bose Krishnamachari

Yinchuan Biennale 2016 All Set to Begin on September 9th with 73 Artists

The first Yinchuan Biennale in MOCA Yinchuan will open on September 9th, 2016 with the participation of 74 artists from 33 countries including China and it will culminate on December 18th this year. This exhibition is curated by Bose Krishnamachari, internationally known artist, curator, co-founder of the Kochi Biennale Foundation and the co-curator of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale’s first edition.

The theme chosen for this exhibition curated by Bose Krishnamachari —For an Image, Faster Than Light — is a sonic examination in eternities that the contemporary artists are engaging into finding answers to the questions confronting a vitiated social, political, economic and physical environment. It aims at uncovering the confrontation of world we’re facing today by the power of global creativity as to build and convey possible propositions. The exhibition includes various forms of presentations like film, device, photography, painting, sculpture, etc. Contemporary creation, social dynamics and cosmic connections are the investigative avenues artists, curators, critics, and scholars are being invited to discover as part of the happenstances and interactions programmed during YC Biennale 2016.

YC Biennale brings the best of contemporary art from the art world.

This biennale would be the first ever common meeting ground for artists like Anish Kapoor, Ai Weiwei, Yoko Ono, Liam Gillick, Mary Ellen Carroll, Liu Wei, Cao Fei, Ivan Navarro, Santiago Sierra, Slavs and Tartars, Song Dong and the latest BMW Art Journey award winner Abigail Reynolds. Among the artists are the Rolls Royce artist of the year Sudarshan Shetty who is also the curator of the forthcoming edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Apart from them there is an amazing array of creative minds from all over the world, each artistknown for his/her unique and extremely individualistic art practices. They will be fashioning a biennale laying out a smorgasbord of delightful artistic delicacies. The hors d’ouevres will also include one of the youngest and brightest artists on the horizon like Alaa Mahmoud Alqedra from Sharjah to Kartik Sood from India to Farzana Ahmed Urmi from Bangladesh, the oldest among painters, 68-year-old Lala Rukh from Pakistan and the pivotal work of late Gordon Bennett. The biennale also showcases the best selection of moving images to be screened in the specially created dark rooms in the white cube for the works of The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2016 winner Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, the mystical sojourn of Khaled Sabsabi, the Pacific quest of Lisa Reihana, the physical mediations of Yee I-Lann and the search for the missing, misplaced and displaced lives by filmmakers and artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige.

Bose Krishnamachari, curator of Yinchuan Biennial, believes that the biennial exhibition proposes the host city to create a discourse on all the conflicts that the world is currently confronted with and perhaps make possible propositions through a global creative confluence. Actually his words have been verified by host cities like Venice, St.Paul, Liverpool and Cochin. With that ambitious goal in mind it seeks to have multiple disciplines, numerous components and several locations — indoors and outdoors. As a pivot point of the Silk Road, Yinchuan experienced numerous cultural exchanges which fully reflect in its distinctive building, food, people and traditional culture. It is also the intersection of Chinese and Islamic culture. Wish Yinchuan could be another stronghold of contemporary art besides Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong in China.

Some of the work of YC Biennale 2016 will be created and produced in certain areas by international artists according to the local environment after they taking field visits in Yinchuan. The Artistic Director of MOCA Yinchuan Xie Suzhen once said: “we aim to build a professional cultural communication base in Belt and Road strategic city refer to this international Yinchuan Biennale.”

MOCA Yinchuan is the first professional museum of contemporary art in northwestern region alongside the Yellow River, which is also one of the most rewarding new art museum in 2005. This biennale will also contain cultural activities like music live shows, seminar, etc. Some of the artists will hold related workshop especially for children this time. Led by the Artistic Director Xie Suzhen, MOCA Yinchuan aspires to be an international platform for creative artists who are exceptional to the world and promote the development of local international art accordingly.

Complete Artist List:

Abigail Reynolds (England), Achia Anzi (Israel), Alaa Mahmoud Alqedra (UAE), Alke Reeh (Germany), Allard van Hoorn (Netherlands), Alvin Zafra (Phillipines), Ammar Al Attar (UAE), Andrew Miller (Scotland), Anish Kapoor (England), Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (US), Basir Mahmood (Pakistan), Benitha Perciyal (India), Boedi Widjaja (Singapore), Brook Andrew (Australia), Cao Fei (China), Charbel-Joseph H. Boutros (Lebanon), Cristiana de Marchi (Italy), Dana Awartani (Saudi Arabia), Danie Mellor (Australia), Daniel Arsham (US), Dia Mehta (India), Donna Ong (Singapore), Fabrice Hyber (France), Farzana Ahmed Urmi (Bangladesh), Fred Eerdekens (Belgium), George Osodi (Nigeria), Gordon Bennett (Australia), Hassan Sharif (UAE), He Xiangyu (China), Heman Chong (Singapore), Hicham Berrada (Morocco), Hit Man Gurung (Nepal), Ivan Navarro (Chile), Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige (Lebanon), Jyothi Basu (India), Kartik Sood (India), Khaled Sabsabi (Lebanaon/Australia), Lala Rukh (Pakistan), Larissa Sansour (Palestine), Li Jinghu (China), Liam Gillick (England), Lisa Reihana (New Zealand), Liu Shiyuan (China), Liu Wei (China), Mao Tong Qiang (China), Mary Ellen Carroll (US), Matias Faldbakken (Norway), Min Thein Sung (Myanmar), Mohammed Kazem (UAE), Newsha Tavakolian (Iran), Nidhal Chamekh (Tunisia), Popok Tri Wahyudi (Indonesia), Riyas Komu (India), Robert Montgomery (Scotland), Ryota Kuwakubo (Japan), Santiago Sierra (Spain),  Shahpour Pouyan (Iran), Sherman Ong (Malaysia/Singapore), Shi Zhiying (China), Slavs and Tatars (Eurasia), Song Dong (China), Sonia Mehra Chawla (India), Sudarshan Shetty (India), Sushanta Kumar Maharana (India), Tim Silver (Australia), Tita Salina (Indonesia), Tu Hongtao (China), Valsan Koorma Kolleri (India), Yang Hongwei (China), Yee I-Lann (Malaysia), Yoko Ono (Japan), Zhang Ding (China) and Zihan Karim (Bangladesh).

Exhibition Theme: Yinchuan Biennale — For an Image, Faster Than Light

Exhibition Duration: September 9th 2016 —December 18th 2016

Exhibition Venue: MOCA Yinchuan

Guiding Organizations:

Publicity Department of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Party Committee

Cultural Department of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region

Management Committee of Yinchuan Binhe New District

Publicity Department of Yinchuan Municipal Party Committee

Yinchuan Municipal Bureau of Press Publication Radio Film and Television

Host Organizers:MOCA Yinchuan

Binhe New District Investment Development (Group) co., LTD

Supporting Organizations:Ningxia Minsheng Group

Ningxia River Origins Cultural Tourism Operation Management co., LTD

Sponsor: Ningxia Minsheng Culture-and-Art-Education Foundation

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