The Vancouver Biennale announces its fourth edition, titled “re-IMAGE-n,” launching June 2018, with projects unfolding over the exhibition’s two-year duration. Under the artistic direction of Barrie Mowatt and curatorial leadership of Marcello Dantas and Jeffrey Uslip, the Biennale invites international artists to respond to the prevailing issues of our time, including the widespread refugee and migrant crisis, a global shift towards nationalism and isolationism, and an intensifying drain on our shared natural resources. Projects will “re-IMAGE-n” (reimagine) a progressive social framework that supports free speech, Reconciliation and the rights of First Nations, LGBTQ rights, artistic freedom, gender, racial and sexual equality, ecological awareness, religious freedom, and the ethics of biotechnology.
Uslip will curate an expansive series of projects under the curatorial aegis “This Is Not America” that thinks through various cultural, social and political pressures placed on individuals, the environment and aesthetics in our current cultural climate. The exhibition’s title summons Alfredo Jaar’s seminal artwork, A Logo For America (1987), as its point of origin to engage dialogue and debate.