This year’s biennale is curated by South African Gabi Ngcobo — an artist, educator and activist. Ngcobo is a founding member of Johannesburg collective platforms NGO – Nothing Gets Organised and Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR, 2010 – 2014). As an invited artist and in the framework of metioned projects, Ngcobo participated in the 5th and 8th edition of the biennale. While directing this edition she worked with a group of curators — Nomaduma Rosa Masilela (USA), Serubiri Moses (Uganda), Thiago de Paula Souza (Brazil), and Yvette Mutumba (Germany) — presenting 46 artists in five venues around the city.
Curatorial statements, together with this led to a visibly scaled down format can be read as a significant and deliberate response to the 2016 edition of the biennale, as well as a response to controversies around last year’s documenta 14. This year’s exhibition exercises a possibility to invert tendencies strongly present in the global art world — to accelerate, inflate and exhaust. Refusing to produce the “heroic” narratives and frame artists in a homogeneous political message, the biennale presents an array of works that differ from one another in form and quality. What follows, is a shortlist of works, which, while being complex and engaging by themselves, give an important insight into the whole of the exhibition.
South As A State Of Mind #10: Maintenance
|Exhibition||10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art|
|Place / venue||Akademie der Künste; KW Institute for Contemporary Art; HAU Hebbel am Ufer; Volksbühne Pavilion; ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin|
|Dates||June 6 - September 6, 2018|
|Curated by||Gabi Ngcobo|
|Index||Adam Przywara and Yvette Mutumba Belkis Ayón Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art Firelei Báez Gabi Ngcobo Lubaina Himid Nomaduma Rosa Masilela Sara Haq Serubiri Moses Thiago de Paula Souza Tony Cokes|