The Fifth Moscow Biennale of Modern Art opens in September 2013. Has the festival succeeded in becoming a Moscow event over the past 10 years? What is the right model for interaction between the festival and the city? Does the biennale have an “urban agenda”? Why have a biennale in Moscow anyway?
To help answer these questions we will be looking at the experience of major arts festivals in Liverpool, Gwangju, Istanbul, Ekaterinburg, St. Petersburg, and Krasnoyarsk.
Kate Fowle – Chief Curator at Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow
Joseph Backstein – Artistic Director of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art
Iara Bubnova – сo-curator of Manifesta 4 (Frankfurt, Germany) and 1st Moscow biennial, curator of 2nd Ural industrial biennial of contemporary art
Alisa Prudnikova — art-historian, the director of Ural branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Art (Yekaterinburg), commissioner of the First and the Second Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art — projects that are designed to re-think the industrial identity of the Ural region, using the power of contemporary art.
Sally Tallant – artistic head and director of the Liverpool Biennale of Modern Art since 2011, head of programs for the Serpentine Gallery (London) from 2001 to 2011