The Ghost Ship and the Sea Change
11th Edition of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art
Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborgs Konsthall, et al.
05.06. – 21.11.2021
The Ghost Ship and the Sea Change relates to the historical layers of the city, asking how different ways of narrating its past might affect its future. Placed at the intersection between the historical and the fictive, the biennial explores the potential of artistic practice as a method of critical historiography and change. The so called ‘Franska Tomten’, a plot of land in the city’s harbor that was exchanged for the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy as part of an 18th-century trade deal between Sweden and France, is used as the narrative starting point of the biennial. How might it change the way we think about Gothenburg if we look at the city from the perspective of this particular plot of land?
1st part: Michael Baers, Evan Ifekoya with Ajamu X, Damla Kilickiran, Susanne Kriemann, Anna Ling, Silvano Lora, Hira Nabi, Ibrahim Mahama, Daniela Ortiz, Manuel Pelmuş, Tabita Rezaire, Jessica Warboys.
2nd part: Meira Ahmemulic, Henrik Andersson, Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, Gaëlle Choisne, Benjamin Gerdes, Cecilia Germain, Unni Gjertsen, Ayesha Hameed, HAMN, Salad Hilowle, Conny Karlsson Lundgren, Oscar Lara, Marysia Lewandowska, Erika Arzt & Juan Linares, Fatima Moallim, Jonas (J) Magnusson & Cecilia Grönberg, Pedro Neves Marques, M. NourbeSe Philip, Pia Sandström, Shanzhai Lyric x Solveig Qu Suess, Lisa Tan, Lisa Torell, Alberta Whittle.
Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik
Photos: Hendrik Zeidler (courtesy Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art)