Independent curator, editor, and writer Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez has been appointed as the curator for Contour Biennale 9. Known as the Biennale of the Moving Image, the exhibition will take place across arts institutions and historic locations in Mechelen, Belgium, in 2019.
“For Contour Biennale 9, I propose a continuum of projects and events that will span across the next few years and address the current critical political and ecological moment through the lens of the particular urban, social, and political conditions of Mechelen,” Petrešin-Bachelez said. “Above all, topics such as ecological debt, environmental racism, decolonizing social relations, hope, care, and solidarity will represent not only the content within which to work, but also the material and technique of that work.”
Among Petrešin-Bachelez’s recent projects and exhibitions are “Show Me the Archive and I Will Tell You Who Is in Power” (2017) at Kiosk in Ghent; “Let’s Talk About the Weather” (2016) at the Sursock Museum in Beirut; and “Resilience,” the Seventh Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia (2013).
Reflecting on her curatorial approach, Petrešin-Bachelez said that she draws from transformative events in her life, such as the breakdown of Yugoslavia, where she was born, and the civil war that followed; learning about the Chernobyl catastrophe and its impact on ecology; and her work as a codirector of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers in Aubervilliers, a suburb of Paris. She said, “I desire to think of artistic practice as a sustainable, socially responsible practice among citizens, rather than as an accumulation of marketable, product-oriented works.”