7th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art

 7th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art
12.10.2019 – 16.02.2020

The Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art runs a second decade of action, reintroducing itself to the art world, under the general title TAKING A STANCE for its seventh edition.

The 7th Thessaloniki Biennale suggests a historical overview of the self, the world and life, through artistic standpoints and creations. In their skepticism or enthusiasm, resistance or subversion, poetic spirit or realism, imagination or critical examination of reality, with their investigative spirit or inventiveness, artists are seeking alternative viewpoints of the past, present and future world, thereby finding ways to reconstitute it. The Thessaloniki Biennale’s proposal for Taking a Stance involves pausing for reflection, detachment, silence not for the sake of complacency and isolation, but in order to pick a standpoint, get actively involved and join voices, in order to chart courses that require effort, thought and consistency. For Taking a Stance to become a requirement of picking a standpoint, the contemporary must be placed in the field of the questions of history and discourse, in the arena of conflict and ideological struggle. Thus, the historical reading of contemporary art does not signify the end but rather the beginning of a cognitive process that allows the possibility of becoming essentially political. 

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The Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art is financed by Greece and the European Union (European Regional Development Fund)