Bon voyage! Today, the Antarctic Biennale, project under UNESCO patronage set sail from Ushuaia at the southernmost tip of Argentina, the beginning of an artistic voyage to Antarctica.
It marks the culmination of more than a year of preparation for a team of artists, philosophers, researchers and multidisciplinary cultural professionals from more than 30 countries. They are traveling on the seasoned Antarctic research vessel Akademik Sergey Vavilov, which left the port of Ushuaia at 4pm.
The ship is a floating studio, meeting space and exhibition venue. Participating artists will create temporary installations and give site-specific performances during more than a dozen landings at different locations in Antarctica. A diverse array of works deal with concepts such as environmental preservation, sustainable consumption and how mobility can affect the creative process.
The project is described as ‘a head-over-heels biennale’ and ‘an upside-down biennale’ by founder and commissioner Alexander Ponomarev. At a welcome dinner on March 16, he encouraged participants to think carefully about how to produce their pieces in harsh conditions during the voyage. His agenda leaves ample space for spontaneous collaborations, inspired by Captain Nemo’s famous motto – “mobilis in mobile!”
Contributing artists: Adrian Balseca (Eсcuador), Cinemateque de Tangiers (Morocco), Constant Dullaart (Netherlands), Eli Maria Lundgaard (Norway), Emile Brout and Maxine Marion (France), Emmy Skensved+Gregoire Blunt (Canada), Etienne de France (France), Eva and Franco Mattes (Italy), Hans Op de Beeck (Belgium), Jessica Sarah Rinland (UK), Julian Charriere (France / Switzerland), Karin Ferrari (Austria), Katya Kovaleva (Russia), Marcel Dinahet (France), Paul Rosero Contreras (Ecuador), Swetlana Heger (Sweden), Young Hae-Chang Heavy Industries (Korea), Yto Barrada (Morocco).
When the expedition is complete, the crew will host a homecoming reception at the Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires on March 29, featuring audiovisual presentations and video clips from the journey. Selected artworks will later be exhibited at leading international museums.
ABOUT THE ANTARCTIC BIENNALE
This creative journey aims to expand the parameters of what art can be today and might be in the future. It aims to raise awareness about the importance of international coordination in addressing the effects of climate change.
Abdullah Al Saadi (UAE)
Alexander Ponomarev (Russia)
Alexis Anastasiou (Brazil)
Andrey Kuzkin (Russia)
Eulalia Valldosera (Spain)
Gustav Dusing (Germany)
Joaquin Fargas (Argentina)
Julian Charriere (France/Switzerland)
Juliana Cerqueira Leite (Brazil)
Julius von Bismarck (Germany)
Lou Sheppard (Canada)
Paul Rosero Contreras (Ecuador)
Shama Rahman (Bangladesh/UK)
Sho Hasegawa (Japan)
Tomas Saraceno (Argentina/Germany)
Yasuaki Igarashi (Japan)
Yto Barrada (Morocco)
Zhang Enli (China)
Adrian Dannatt (UK)
Alexander Sekatskii (Russia)
Barbara Imhof (Austria)
Carlo Rizzo (Italy/UK)
Elizabeth Barry (USA)
Hector Monsalve (Argentina)
Jean de Pomereu (France)
Lisen Schultz (Sweden)
Miguel Petchkovsky (Angola/Portugal)
Nicholas Shapiro (USA)
Sergey Pisarev (Russia)
Susmita Mahanty (India)
Wakana Kono (Japan)
ARTISTIC ADVISORY BOARD
Alexander Ponomarev – Commissioner, Antarctic Biennale (Russia)
Hani Rashid – Co-founder, Asymptote Architecture (Canada / USA)
Hans-Ulrich Obrist – Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries (Switzerland/UK) Nadim Samman – Curator and Co-director, Import Projects (Germany)
Sam Keller – Director, Fondation Beyeler (Switzerland)
Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi – President and Director, Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE)
PRINCIPLES OF THE BIENNALE
Supranationality Developing Antarctica’s potential as a cultural space belonging to no specific nation – international voices, imagining the future of global community
Interdisciplinarity A visionary collective effort to find new approaches to solve the problems the humanity is facing using the achievements of numerous academic disciplines
Intercultural Exploration Re-imagining the function of culture in the 21st Century
Mobilis in Mobile! A biennale in process. One that creates a new ‘mobilis in mobile’ art concept, according to the motto of Captain Nemo.