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GIBCA 2021

The eleventh edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) is conceived in response to the 400-year anniversary of the founding of the city of Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Ghost Ship and the Sea Change relates to the historical layers of the city, asking how different ways of narrating its past might affect its future. Located at the intersection between the historical and the fictive, the biennial explores artistic practice as a method of critical historiography and change. The double title of The Ghost Ship and the Sea Change refers to the necessity of both honouring the ghosts of the past and finding ways to move beyond them — to acknowledge the violence and begin processes of repair.

This year's GIBCA is divided into two parts, the first part will take place from 5 June to 22 August, the second part on 4 September – 21 November. Artists such as Michael Baers, Evan Ifekoya & Ajamu X, Damla Kilickiran, Susanne Kriemann will be involved into the first biennial's part. All participating artists can be found here.

GIBCA aims to offer artists a platform for long-term engagement with the local context and invites residents to foster and discover compelling artistic presentations. The biennial that with every edition, raises stark questions that deal with the complexity of our contemporary world and presents a diversity of artistic positions.

The whole program of this year's GIBCA can be found here.