Just a few days ahead of its opening to the public this Saturday, the Shanghai Biennale has revealed the artist list for its 2018 edition. Curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina, chief curator of the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporanea in Mexico City, this year’s biennial will feature just 40 artists, making it a much more compact than the 2016 edition, which included more than 90 artists.
The theme for the biennial’s 12th iteration is “Proregress—Art in an Age of Historical Ambivalence.” According to a statement on the biennale’s website, this title refers to a sense of instability felt around the world these days. “ ‘Proregress’ provides a framework to explore the role of contemporary art as a means by which the struggles and anxieties of many different latitudes are reflected and turned into subjective experience, training the contemporary subject in the ambivalence [that] allows us to tolerate the contradictory forces of contemporary life,” the statement reads in part.
The full artist list follows below. The 2018 Shanghai Biennale opens this Saturday at the Power Station of Art and runs through March 10.
Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla
Ursula Biemann & Paulo Tavares
Christoph Draeger & Heidrun Holzfeind
Huang Jing Yuan
Siren Eun Young Jung
Miguel Ángel Rojas
Fernando Sánchez Castillo
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