2nd Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art

21 May 2020 00:00 - 11 Oktober 2020 00:00

In light of the current situation, the 2nd edition of Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA2) had to be reimagined. Initially planned to open on 16 May 2020 with a five-month duration, the project will now transform into a feature movie and the unfinished exhibition will become its film set, introduced through an online series of talks and conversations starting 21 May 2020.

Following the first edition in 2018, RIBOCA2 will retain its strong European focus and regional profile, taking the rich history of the Baltic States as its foundation, by highlighting artists from the wider region, and allowing international artists to engage with its cultural, historical and socio-political context. 

The Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA) is an international biennial with a European focus and a strong regional profile, founded in 2016. Taking the rich history of Riga and the Baltic states as its underlying framework, the Biennial highlights the artistic landscape of the wider region and creates opportunities for artists to enter into dialogue with the cultural, historical and socio-political context of the city and its geographic surrounds.

Taking into account criticisms of the proliferation of biennial culture, or ‘biennialisation’ as it has been called, RIBOCA aims to create a sustainable model based on best practices that prioritise artists, artistic production and the meticulous presentation and mediation of art. The Biennial is based on a working process that starts from the local, expanding to the national and the regional, and finally to the transnational. The Biennial aims to take root and make roots in the place where it is situated. Reflecting the biennial’s global outlook and mission to increase artistic engagement between the Baltic region and the rest of the world, a significant proportion of the commissioned and selected artists either live, work or were born in the Baltic region, a territory which still remains relatively unexplored despite its prolific artistic production.

RIBOCA sees itself as a critical site of artistic experimentation and knowledge production, an activator of co-operation and exchange between local and regional actors and institutions, an instigator of generosity towards peers, and a barometer of current social, political and economic issues filtered through artistic practices.

More info: https://www.rigabiennial.com/

2nd Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art
2nd Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art

Riga
Latvia

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