Anton Vidokle to curate the 14th Shanghai Biennale

Anton Vidokle at the exhibition Unexpected Encounters, The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2019. Photo: Margarita Ogoļceva. Courtesy the Power Station of Art

The Office of the Shanghai Biennale has announced artist Anton Vidokle to be the chief curator for the 14th edition of the Shanghai Biennale, which will run from 9 November to 31 March 2024 at the Power Station of Art.

Born in 1965 in Moscow, Vidokle is based in New York, where he established e-flux and the Institute of the Cosmos. Later, he became heavily influenced by cosmism and travelled to Siberia, Kazakhstan and other regions of the former USSR to research their cosmist legacy. His works have been shown in multiple large-scale exhibitions including Documenta 12, the 50th and 56th Venice Biennale, and Yokohama Triennale 2020.

Of the forthcoming Shanghai Biennale, Vidokle said: ‘For as long as we have been able to look up, humans have been observing the sky, intuiting a relation between our lives on Earth and events beyond its atmosphere… The 14th Shanghai Biennale will reflect on how artists have advanced our understanding of the relationship between life on earth and the cosmos that nourishes and conditions it. Shanghai is uniquely suited for such a project because of China’s rich history of philosophical and artistic engagement with the cosmological, the city’s cosmopolitan history as a connecting point of East Asia to the world.’

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