Bucharest Biennale 7

The BUCHAREST BIENNALE continues to build a strong partnership between Bucharest — a geocultural space where the political is reflected in all aspects of life—and the rest of the World. In transcending specific geographical, historical, or political frameworks, it connects to a broader complexity, namely the one of “resistance” within the quotidian realm.

As a biannual cultural event, BB’s temporary structure allows a deconstruction of the systems supporting and underlying what has been called the “experience economy”. The Bucharest Biennale goes beyond merely orchestrating memorable “events” that aim for prescribed notions of customizable transformation, which are characteristic of this economic model and importantly reflected in the global biennial format as well. Instead, the Biennale offers a platform to analyse, and potentially redirect, current social, political and economic imaginaries. It intends to make visible the power structures supporting such spheres of control, addressing the ways in which they are organized and coordinated, as well as implemented across broad segments of society.

On BB7:

What are we building down there?

- What is the difference between a fairy tale in the West and a fairy tale in the East?

- A fairy tale in the West starts with the words “Once upon a time there was…”
A fairy tale in the East starts with the words “Once upon a time there will be…”*

Once upon a time there will be a Bucharest that positions itself as a model city for
privatization processes worldwide…

In order to grasp this fairy tale-proposition, we first need to go back in time.

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List of BB7 participating artists:

Merve Bedir (TR)
Bors & Ritiu (RO)
Nanna Debois-Buhl (DK)
Burak Delier (TR)
Andrea Faciu (RO)
Brendan Fernandes (CA)
Allard van Hoorn (NL)
Adelita Husni-Bey (IT)
Tuomas A. Laitinen (FI)
Lehman Brothers (DK)
Tamás Kaszás (HU)
Metahaven (NL)
Rie Nakajima (JP)
Nasan Tur (DE)
Jaro Varga (SK)
Vermeir & Heiremans (BE)
Visible Solutions LLC (ES)
Pilvi Takala (FI)
Andrew Norman Wilson (US)