Nordic Biennal Symposium

27.03.2017 |

With 7 biennials held in the Nordic region, there will be plenty to discuss at the Nordic Biennial Symposium in Gothenburg this week.

Since 2001 there have been seven different biennials established across the Nordic region and each comes with its own unique offerings and challenges, but the general format is one of major and minor exhibitions and workshops, seminars, tours, talks and activities reflecting the diversity of the region.

From GIBCA, to the Lofoten International Art Festival, Momentum, Bergen Assembly, Reykjavik Art Festival, The Photographic Artists’ Association and Brandts Fotobienniale; each biennial offers a forum for the region’s artistic community and the essential professional platform to share and develop their works and ideas as well as interact with and access international art industry connections.



The Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) is one of the biggest art events in the region and along with Valand Academy and the support of Nordic Culture Point, will present a symposium on the format of the biennial itself and how the region can manage and diversify its biennial offerings into the future. GIBCA has developed a strong reputation for its fresh and contemporary approach and is one of Sweden’s biggest international art events. 

The symposium will be held at Valand Academy and kick off at 10am with a welcome from GIBCA’s artistic director Stina Edblom and Valand Academy’s PARSE Professor Andrea Phillips. The key topic for the symposium is “What are the possibilities and challenges for the biennial format in a Nordic context and what is the biennial of the future?”

The Director of Tensta Konsthall and Artistic Director of the 11th Gwangju Biennale Maria Lind will present the keynote speech at the symposium on the topic of “What is the Biennial of the Future?”, Also featured throughout the symposium will be presentations by GIBCA, LIAF, Momentum and Bergen Assembly on their biennials and presentations in the afternoon by Reykjavik Art Festival, The Photographic Artists’ Association and Brandts Fotobienniale. There will also be discussions sessions and a Q & A in the afternoon moderated by Andrea Phillips.

Nordic Biennal Symposium will be held on March 29th from 10 – 2 pm at Valand Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden. You can read more about the event and GIBCA on the GIBCA website.  

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