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Bouchra Khalili, Foreign Office (detail), 2015, digital film, ten ink-jet prints, silk-screen print, dimensions variable. From the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art.

Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art

Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA)

Bouchra Khalili, Foreign Office (detail), 2015, digital film, ten ink-jet prints, silk-screen print, dimensions variable. From the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art.

The eighth edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, “A story within a story . . . ,” curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose, was by far the most pedagogically and conceptually consistent to date. Dyangani Ose was inspired by anthropologist Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s conjecture that history is written by many, and by Umberto Eco’s idea of “the open work” (as espoused in his 1962 book of that name). The majority of the nearly forty works by thirty-three artists and collectives that were presented at Göteborgs Konsthall, the Hasselblad Center, Röda Sten Konsthall, and surrounding nonprofit spaces engage with real events from the past hundred years, a period of colonial and postcolonial modernity.

The biennial encompassed two distinct methods for handling what we might call the aesthetics of historical revision. Some of the works are like montaged documentary essays

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