The 2019 exhibition, Part of the Labyrinth, marks the start of a conversation that will develop into 2021, when the biennial coincides with the 400-jubilee of the city of Gothenburg—an occasion to ask how the mechanistic worldview formulated in response to the uncertainty characterizing Europe in the 1620’s might correspond to our own precarious times, and what counterimages are needed today.
In 2019, the biennial will unfold across a number of Gothenburg sites that exemplify the way European modernity organised life according to principles of separation and distance. The particular context and histories of each venue are used as thematic starting points to be complicated, contested and expanded upon by the invited artists.
Seen together within one framework, the different sites are brought into proximity with one another to be understood in terms of their interrelationships and connected histories. From the purpose-built white cube gallery spaces of Göteborgs konsthall, to the converted coal-burning power plant Röda Sten Konsthall and the elaborate collection displays of the Natural History Museum, the exhibition aims to unsettle binaries produced by modernity through exploring entangled histories such as the relationship between colonialism, industry and environmental destruction, and the interplay between human and non-human ways of looking at the world.
In 2019, GIBCA will also start working with Franska tomten, the plot of land in the Gothenburg harbour exchanged in 1784 as part of a trade deal with the French Empire for the Caribbean island of Saint-Barthélemy, where Sweden subsequently ran a slave trading colony. Starting from 2019 and continuing into 2021, artists and other voices will be invited to respond to the many layers of history and memory existing between Saint-Barthélemy and Gothenburg, as well as between the often intersecting practices of trade and injustice.
GIBCA invites one curator, Lisa Rosendahl, to work both GIBCA 2019 and GIBCA 2021. These two editions of GIBCA will be independent but also linked through themes, collaborations and artistic research.
The biennial is initiated by Gothenburg City Cultural Committee, and since 2006 the organizer for GIBCA is Röda Sten Konsthall.
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