The 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art will take place from April 27th till July 1st 2012. Each edition of the Biennale, spread amongst various locations throughout Berlin, is shaped by concepts of its changing curators, appointed to enter into a dialogue with the city, its general public, artists & art lovers. This year’s programme should be exceptionally explosive, as its curators are well–known political and social activists & – in case of Voina – also enemies of the state. The projects line up is definitely promising, but who knows what else might be on their agenda… we’re waiting with baited breath!
Artur Żmijewski – main curator & concept developer of the 2012 Biennale is an internationally renowned artist and member of the Polish political movement Krytyka Polityczna. In 2005 Żmijewski represented Poland at the 51st Venice Biennale. In his manifesto The Applied Social Arts he developed a distinct positition on social activism, which also forms the point of departure for the Biennale.
Joanna Warsza – associate curator, is a founder of the independent platform Laura Palmer Foundation: an organization producing actions that examine social and political agendas through conceptual exhibitions, participation events, staged situations and performances.
Voina – associate curators, are a Russian street art group consisting of Oleg Vorotnikov (chief ideologist), Natalia Sokol (chief coordinator), Leonid Nikolayev, Alex Plutser-Sarno (chief media artist) and Kasper Nienagliadny Sokol. Voina engages in radical from of performance art that is directed against the Russian authorities, their actions regularly joined by a large group of anonymous activists. Over dozen criminal cases have been brought against them in the past. Vorotnikov and Nikolayev face up to seven years of prison in connection with an anti-corruption protest.