Gothenburg Biennial

Various Venues, Gothenburg

This year’s Gothenburg Biennial, the third installment, was not as expansive an exhibition as the biennial format might suggest. The curator, Sara Arrhenius, chose to develop close collaborations with a select group of artists and to focus on new productions or co-productions rather than present a mass of works. The exhibition didn’t involve much explicit interaction with the city, nor did it have a strongly pronounced theme, and the title, “More Than This!: Negotiating Realities,” could be read in more than one way. In her introductory essay, Arrhenius explains that her idea was to “bring together a group of people who with different artistic methods address the documentary paradigm that penetrates our culture.” An active awareness of contemporary life was indeed what the artists shared—no fantasy worlds in this show—and that seemed to provide enough interconnectedness.

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