Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Emergency Biennale in Chechnya


Curated by Evelyne Jouanno, founder and artistic director of Emergency Biennale in Chechnya
Opening: Friday, July 7, 8pm
Symposium: July 8, 2006, 2:00-5:00pm


“Emergency Biennale in Chechnya” is crossing the Atlantic for the 7th stop of its world tour. This suitcase exhibition has already been seen in Paris, Brussels, Bolzano, Milan, Riga (Latvia) and Tallinn (Estonia), and is on its way to Grozny.

Intended to reintroduce Chechnya to an international audience while reacting to the phenomenal proliferation of international biennales, “Emergency Biennale in Chechnya” was conceived in a geopolitical context which has become so complex that it seemed urgent and necessary to mobilize the artists. The concept involved a call to artists from all over the world to create works to fit in a suitcase. For each stop, new artists are invited to join.

Emergency Biennale in Chechnya / Vancouver stop, is organized by Alice Ming Wai Jim, Kristina Podesva and Babak Golkar, and welcomes new invited artists: Hank Bull, Mo Salemy, Jayce Salloum, Rebecca Belmore, Ken Lum, Antonia Hirsch, Sabine Bitte and the IN[ ]EX group. Artists Carlos Franklin and Alexandre Périgot are coming from Paris.

There will be a panel discussion on July 8, 2pm, at Centre A, with Evelyne Jouanno (Artistic Director, Emergency Biennale), Dr. Mikhail Alexseev (San Diego State University), Kristin Cavoukian (M.A., University of British Columbia) and Don Wright (Amnesty International Vancouver Chapter), moderated by Dr. Jeff Derksen (Simon Fraser University).

Participating artists: Adel Abdessemed, A Constructed World, Dennis Adams, Maria-Thereza Alves, Francis Alÿs, Aija Apse, Maja Bajevic, Ruth Barabash, Aija Bley, Sylvie Blocher, Blue Noses, Mark Boswell & Anton Kozlov, Marc Boucherot, Véronique Boudier, Kristians Brekte, Mathieu Briand, Santiago Caicedo, Cao Fei, Jota Castro, Raimond Chaves, Chen Shaoxiong, Paolo Chiasera, Magali Claude, Jimmie Durham, Al Fadhil, Seamus Farrell, Carlos Franklin, Fu Jie, Adriana García Galán, Ghazel, Roya Ghiasy, Kaspars Goba, MrtiFš Grauds, Yves Grenet, Gu Dexin, Andris Grinbergs, Daniel Guzmán, Jens Haaning, Han Myung-Ok, Alfredo Jaar, Uldis Jancis, Edgars Jurjns, El+na KalniFa, Kolkoz, Koo Jeong-A, Roman Korovin, Linards Kulless & Una Meiberga, Neeme Külm, Gabriel Kuri, Surasi Kusolwong, Marco Laimre, Raimonds L+c+tis, Marko Mäetamm, Gilda Mantilla, Oda Projesi, Jüri Ojaver, Lucy Orta, Damián Ortega, Gionata Gesi Ozmo, Adrian Paci, Alexandre Périgot, Emmanuelle Rapin, David Renaud, Thorbjorn Reuter Christiansen, Nina & Torsten Römer, Julian Rosefeldt, Gatis Rozenfelds, Krišs Salmanis, Juan Esteban Sandoval, Santomatteo, Sarkis, Zineb Sedira, Shen Yuan, Nedko Solakov, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Bert Theis, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Jaan Toomik, Enzo Umbaca, Anton Vidokle, Cesare Viel, Luca Vitone, Wang Du, Florence Wang, Hans Winkler, Sislej Xhafa, Yan Lei, Yang Fudong, Yang Jie Chang, Zheng Guogu, Zhu Jia, Aiva Zurina. / and the special participation of Alighiero e Boetti (ref. Francis Alÿs project).

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