Shanghai Biennale Announces Theme, Artists for 2021 Edition
April 05, 2021
The Shanghai Biennale, whose thirteenth edition is scheduled to run from April 17 through July 25 at the Power Station of Art and various other locations throughout the titular city, has released a list of sixty-four participating artists, of which thirty-three will create new commissions. The theme for the Biennale will be “Bodies of Water” and the exhibition will focus especially on the relationship between humans and the earth’s climate, which is increasingly endangered. The theme is seen as particularly fitting given the Power Station’s former function as a coal-electrical plant which gave rise to the industrialization of the Huangpu River on which it sits.
“The 13th Shanghai Biennale advocates for the momentous contribution that art plays in the reconstruction of a world shaped by environmental, social and political distress. The Biennale is sensitive to the way art constitutes and infiltrates life itself, and to its capacities for bodied reparation, transformation and dissidence,” said the biennial’s chief curator, Andrés Jaque, in a statement.
Responding flexibly to the continuing Covid-19 crisis, the Biennale for its thirteenth iteration has adopted an atypical format, starting in November, when it hosted a five-day inaugural summit. This was followed by five months of programming and presentations.
The participating artists are below.
Alberto Baraya Ana Mendieta Antoni Muntadas Astrida Neimanis Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor Clare Britton Ayesha Tan Jones Cao Minghao and Chen Jianjun Carlos Casas Carlos Irijalba Cecilia Vicuña Cheng Xinyi Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe) Dai Chenlian Debajo del Sombrero (Andrés Fernández, José Manuel Egea, Miguel García, María Lapastora and Belén Sánchez)Diakron and Emil Rønn Andersen Diane Severin Nguyen Feliciano Centurión Guo Fengyi Heather Phillipson Ibiye Camp Itziar Okariz Jenna Sutela Joan Jonas Karrabing Film Collective Kyriaki Goni Liam Young Michael Wang Nerea Calvillo (C+arquitectas) P Staff in collaboration with Basse Stittgen Pepe Espaliú Pu Yingwei ReUnion X DMAS Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen Sun Xiaoxing Qiu ZhenZhao Kunfang and Huang Siyao Tabita Rézaire Torkwase Dyson Vera Frenkel WORKac (Amale Andraos and Daniel Edward Wood) Zadie Xa and Benito Mayor Vallejo Zheng Mahler (Royce Ng and Daisy Bisenieks)