GIBCA 2021

2021.09.04 - 2021.11.21

Opening – Ghost Ship and the Sea Change

Join us on September 4 for the opening of the eleventh edition of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art!

The biennial, entitled The Ghost Ship and the Sea Change is hosted by Konsthallen Blå Stället, Göteborgs Konsthall, Franska Tomten, Museum of World Culture, the Garden Society of Gothenburg, Röda Sten Konsthall, in public space and online/offsite.

The opening of the biennial at all its venues is marked by a ceremony and a series of conversations with artists at Röda Sten Konsthall in Gothenburg on September 4.  The biennial will be inaugurated by Anna Rosengren, director of Cultural Affairs Administration, City of Gothenburg, and Katti Hoflin, Director of Cultural Affairs Region of West Sweden.


12.00-13.00 Opening speeches at Röda Sten Konsthall 
14.00-16.00 Listening to Gothenburg: two series of artist conversations, in dialogue with curator Lisa Rosendahl, at Röda Sten Konsthall 

Online screening programme: More Bacteria Than I by Unni Gjertsen, Our Trip to France (Mont des Tantes) by Conny Karlsson Lundgren, RESET by Alberta Whittle,  and are available at
Saturday, September 4, and Sunday, September 5. 

Titled The Ghost Ship and the Sea Change, this edition of the biennial is curated by Lisa Rosendahl. The first part of the biennial opened in June 2021 at Röda Sten Konsthall and Franska Tomten to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city of Gothenburg. For the September opening, these initial installations are transformed through the addition of several more artworks, and four further exhibition sites in the city are added. 

Participating artists: Meira Ahmemulic, Henrik Andersson, Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, Michael Baers, Gaëlle Choisne, Benjamin Gerdes, Cecilia Germain, Unni Gjertsen, Ayesha Hameed, HAMN (Nasim Aghili & Malin Holgersson), Salad Hilowle, Evan Ifekoya & Ajamu X, Damla Kilickiran, Susanne Kriemann, Conny Karlsson Lundgren, Oscar Lara, Marysia Lewandowska, Erika Arzt & Juan Linares, Anna Ling, Jonas (J) Magnusson & Cecilia Grönberg, Ibrahim Mahama, Fatima Moallim, Silvano Lora, Hira Nabi, Pedro Neves Marques, Daniela Ortiz, M. NourbeSe Philip, Manuel Pelmus, Tabita Rezaire, Pia Sandström, Shanzhai Lyric & Solveig Qu Suess, The Situationist International, Lisa Tan, Lisa Torell, Jessica Warboys, Alberta Whittle.

Documentation of artistic proposals for possible monuments by Hanan Benammar, Aria Dean, Ayesha Hameed, Runo Lagomarsino, Fatima Moallim, Daniela Ortiz, and Jimmy Robert.

Exhibition architecture by Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik. 

Opening hours September 4:

Konsthallen Blå Stället: 12–17
Göteborgs Konsthall: 11–17
Museum of World Culture: 11–17
Röda Sten Konsthall: 11–18