More than 150 artists from all over the world have been invited to participate in the core of the main and parallel programme of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. Amongst them are African artists such as Emeka Okereke (Nigeria), Mauro Pinto (Mozambique), Jodi Bieber (South Africa), Bright Eke (Nigeria), Samba Fall (Senegal), Guy Woueté Louchuang (Cameroon), etc.
This year theme is "PRAXIS : Art in Times of Uncertainty". An excerpt from the main concept note reads as follows :
In his seminal novel A Tale of Two Cities (1859) about life in Paris and London, the English novelist Charles Dickens wrote ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.’ aptly capturing the mood of the time. Almost a hundred and fifty years later the feeling of disillusionment, the failure of politics to handle the ‘big’ problems, the recent financial collapse, the assault on the environment and a general sense of individual and collective alienation which a global society has not been able to rectify all seem palpable. Might we be the observers of a universal depreciation of the system of thought, of an irreversible collapse of ideologies?...
The biennale is curated by Gabriela Salgado, Bisi Silva, and Syrago Tsiara.
The event opens officially on the 24th of may and runs until the 27th of September 2009.
For more information on the biennale and participating artists visit : http://www.thessalonikibiennale.gr
(please note the hyphen between emeka and okereke in website address)