Mediations Biennale, Poznan

September 14 – October 14, 2012
Tomasz Wendland, Director

Artists Selection Curated by Tomasz Wendland, Adel Abdessemed, Istvan Balogh, Ulrich Behr & Mane Hellenthal, Thomas Björk, Richard Bond, Olaf Brzeski, Stephen Cornford, Stanisław Dróżdż, Wojciech Duda, Richard Fajnor, Andrzej Fasiecki, Jens Haaning, Joanna Hoffmann-Dietrich, Magdalena Jetelová, Timo Kahlen, Tadeusz Kantor, Grzegorz Klaman, Leszek Knaflewski, Dariusz Kowalski, Jarosław Kozłowski, Piotr Kurka, Julie Laignel, Wojciech Leder, Daniel Lergon, Wojciech Łazarczyk, Suzanne C Nagy, Maciej Olszewski, Nicolas Provost, Maciej Rudzin, Robert Rumas, Aleksander Steig, Zbigniew Taszycki Witkacy.

Artists Selection Curated by Denise Carvalho, Paulo Bruscky, Nick Cave, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Andrea Galvani, Gabriela Golder, Nick Hornby, Ali Hossaini, Adam Kalinowski, Algis Kizys, Sang Nam Lee, Simon Lee, Kristin Lucas, Lenore Malen, Teresa Margolles, Alice Miceli, Oskar Muñoz, Glexis Novoa, Julia Oldham, Robert Parke Harrison, Shana Parke Harrison, Fernando Prats, Tim Roda, Regina Silveira, Adriana Varella, Alejandro Vidal, Alex Villar. Artists Selection Curated by Fumio Nanjo Makoto Aida, Xu Bing, Kuribayashi Takashi, Christina Lucas, Miyajima Tatsuo, Miyanaga Aiko, Charly Nijensohn, Odani Motohiko, Rasdjarmrearnsook Araya, Ki-Bong Rhee, Mithu Sen, Tsang Kin Wah, Wang Quingsong, Alvin P. Zafra.

Artists Selection Curated by Friedhelm Mennekes, Nicole Ahland, Stephan Baumkötter, Benjamin Bergmann, Monika Fioreschy, Nol Hennissen, Bernd Jansen, Corinna Krebber, Oliver Kruse, Mischa Kuball, Young-Jae Lee, Petra Lemmerz, Tea Mäkipää, Simon Morley, Morio Nishimura, Sean Shanahan, Norbert Tadeusz, Bill Viola.

Artists Selection Curated by Drorit Gur, Arie Orit, Adar, Bechar, Yosef Dadoune, Shahar Marcus, Ran Slavin.

This year, we are happy to announce the fourth edition of mediations and the third edition of the biannual art event entitled Mediations Biennale, which takes place in Poznań. The term Mediation/Mediations was first coined in 1999 as a title for an exhibition organised by Inner Spaces – The Centre for Contemporary Art in Poznań. Mediations Biennale should be perceived as a continuation of the international Inner Spaces Festival initiated in 1993.

Mediations Biennale has been evolving as an art event and organisational enterprise – it has gained a research character whilst abandoning the strictly presentational form. For that reason, there can be discerned two stages: preparatory stage (preceding the opening of the biennale): during this stage, research is carried out on a chosen topic; thinking stage: during this stage, artists’ works, curators’ texts, reviews, conferences and affiliated events become the basis for formulating new perspectives and awareness of the biennale’s theme.

The third edition of Mediations Biennale entitled The Unknown – Niepojmowalne will take place in Poznań and it will last from 14 September till 14 October 2012. Four curators will oversee the programme of the event (Denise Carvalho, Friedhelm Mennekes, Fumio Nanjo, Tomasz Wendland). We also welcome two guest curators: Drorit Gur Arie and Rita Varga. Artworks of the biennale will be presented in several locations. To name just a few: Zamek Culture Centre, National Museum, Archdiocesan Museum, The Centre of Christian Culture; as well as the public space of Poznań. It is worth highlighting here that 2012 Mediations Biennale espouses a unique synergic character – except for the main expositions, there will take place a lot of affiliated programmes. What is more, the Poland Biennale Conference will be accompanied by presentations in over 40 galleries located in various places in Poland. The main programme of the biennale will host 80 artists. In total, 150 artists will present their work in all programmes and centres. The efficient development and application of the 2012 Mediations Biennale concept is supervised by the Mediations Biennale Foundation.

The Mediations Biennale, being an initiator and partner in many international events in the world (a.o. Belgium, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Great Britain, Italy, Uruguay and the USA), offers Poznań a unique opportunity and space for dialogue. Alongside the autumn event, there will be organised several exhibitions: the first one will be at Scope art fair in New York in March 2012; in May 2012 at Geopark congress in Shimabara in Japan; and finally in June at Manifesta in Hasselt in Belgium.

Culture Centre Zamek
3rd floor, room 335
80/82 Św. Marcin Street
Poznań 61-809

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