The 13th Shanghai Biennale, designed to last for over eight months, will wrap up with its final phase, titled “An Exhibition,” at the Power Station of Art (PSA), presenting more than 50 works from all over the world.
“An Exhibition,” the third phase of the 13th Shanghai Biennale, will take place from April 17 to July 25, aiming to showcase the responses from different artists to the theme “Bodies of water.”
The theme is named in an attempt to explore various forms of fluid solidarity. The Biennale will convene artists to think beyond human-centered and nation-based narratives and connect the discussions of bodies with those of the environment, according to the PSA.
Beginning in November 2020, this edition of the biennale has navigated the pandemic by stretching over three phases: phase one, a “wet-run rehearsal” that took the form of a five-day inaugural summit, followed by phase two, “An Ecosystem of Alliances,” which “associates itself with infrastructures where online and offline, social and communal life are taking place” over a period of five months.
In a statement from the PSA, this edition’s chief curator Andrés Jaque says, “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.”
(Compiled by Zhang Heng)