Until 19 September 2018
Entitled “Starting from the Desert. Ecologies on the Edge”, the Second Yinchuan Biennale will open on 9 June at the MOCA Yinchuan.
The works from 80 groups of (92 individuals) artists will be located within the Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan (MOCA YINCHUAN), the International Artists Village, and the Hui Nongqu Eco-Park.
Conceived with the aim of measuring itself against a specific geo-historic context, and proposed as a form of minor language within the biennale system, “Starting from the Desert. Ecologies on the Edge” responds to contemporary urgencies (not only in China) by adopting an ‘archaeological method’. Northwest China is still considered a remote corner, but one which, owing to the historic Silk Road, has been defined through time as a place of great flows, hybridizations, and exchange of people, knowledge, languages, technologies, religions, animals, spices and goods.
The Second Yinchuan Biennale seeks to read the relationalities and modalities of ‘being together’ in the crossroad of multiple components, as essential for a new ecology aiming to emancipate forms of life. In the search for eco-logics as a new paradigm of transversal thought, the Second Yinchuan Biennale attempts to, not reduce these elements to the subject matter, but to utilize them in order to question the limits of the exhibition format, and thus to eventually produce a new eco-model of exhibiting. The Biennale’s framework is articulated over four, interdependent, and often overlapping thematic areas that, without seeking to limit or circumscribe, attempts to visualize their material and immaterial aspects.