Limerick, Ireland

Helsinki Biennial / Talks Programme

EVA Director Matt Packer will participate in the Helsinki Biennial Talks Programme, online on Wednesday 17 March 2021 from 4.30 to 6.30 pm EET. The talk is part of a series organised by the Helsinki Biennial in advance of their first edition, opening in June 2021.

The talk will focus on three divergent approaches to the biennial exhibition model in Ireland, Japan, and Norway over the last two years. The conversation aims to shed light on the variant roles of directors, curators, and organisers within these recent exhibitions. EVA International will be presented alongside the examples of the Momentum 10 Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2018, and the Yokohama Triennale 2020. Together the panelists will explore how these respective biennials are challenging the standard perennial exhibition-form.

Three contextual presentations will be followed by moderated discussion and a critical response by an invited Helsinki-based curator. The talk will shed light on how each perennial exhibition offers different scales and ambition to employ and adopt their durational formats and curatorial structures whilst responding to the specifics of their temporal and geographic locatedness, and the local to global dynamics.

Moderator: Dr. Paul O’Neill, curator, writer, educator, Artistic Director of PUBLICS.

Panelists: Matt Packer, Director of EVA International; Raqs Media Collective, Artistic Directors of Yokohama Triennale 2020; Marti Manen, Director of Index, and curator of Momentum 10 Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Respondent: Taru Elfving, curator, and Artistic Director of CAA Contemporary Art Archipelago.

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