LAHORE BIENNALE NAMES ARTISTS PARTICIPATING IN SECOND EDITION


The Lahore Biennale Foundation has released its list of over seventy artists who will participate in the second edition of the Lahore Biennale (LB02), “Between the Sun and the Moon,” taking place between January 26 and February 29. Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, the director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, the exhibition will focus on the Global South—“where ongoing social disaffection is being aggravated by climate change”—and will be held at various cultural and heritage sites throughout the city of Lahore, Pakistan, including the Gaddafi Stadium and the Lahore Museum.

Commenting on the theme, Al Qasimi said: “For centuries, inhabitants of these regions oriented themselves with reference to the sun, the moon, and the constellations. How might we reflect on our place within the cosmos today, at this conjuncture of planetary climate crisis and polarities between societies?” She added: “LB02 looks upwards with a view to forging new resonances and new imaginings of the future that encompass the full breadth of its material and virtual possibilities, growing from a tradition of intra-regional mobility of ideas, people, flora, and fauna.”

The event will feature more than twenty new commissions by local and international artists, including an immersive multimedia installation and performative experience by Almagul Menlibayeva that is inspired by Timurid ruler and astronomer Sultan Ulugh Beg; a film by Alia Farid exploring humanity’s multidimensional relationship with animals and the environment; an installation and publication by Reem Falaknaz on pigeon racing as a shared cultural link between Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates; and a bronze sculpture by Taus Makhacheva that depicts the fragmentary narratives of twelve fictional female characters, each accompanied by sound and poetry by women writers such as Rachida Madani and Warsan Shire.

The full list of participating artists is as follows:

Abdullah Al Saadi Adrián Villar Rojas Afrah Shafiq Ajam Media Collective Alia Farid Ali Kazim Almagul Menlibayeva Amar Kanwar Amina Menia Amina Zoubir Anwar Saeed Ayesha Zulfiqar Ayman Zedani Bahar Behbahani Barbara Walker Basir Mahmood Basma Al Sharif Bernie Searle Bouchra Khalili Christodoulous Panayiotou Diana Al-Hadid Eyob Kitaba Farah Al Qasimi Farideh Lashai Farkhanda Ashraf Khilji Gary Simmons Hanok Melkamzer Hassan Hajjaj Haroon Mirza Hajra Waheed Halil Altindere Hanok Melkamzer Haris Epaminonda Haroon Mirza Hassan Hajjaj Hera Büyüktaşçıyan and Hajra Haider Karrar Hoda Afshar Hrair Sarkissian Imran Ahmad Khan Jeanno Gaussi John Akomfrah Kader Attia Kamala Ibrahim Ishaq Lida Abdul Madiha Aijaz Mariam Ghani Mark Salvatus Marwa Arsanios Mohammad Ali Talpur Moza Al Matrooshi Mudasar Rashdi Munem Wasif Muzzumil Ruheel Naiza Khan Nalini Malani Nedko Solakov Pak Khawateen Painting Club Rabbya Naseer & Hurmat ul Ain Rachid Koraïchi Rahat Ali Rasheed Araeen Rayyane Tabet Reem Falaknaz Shezad Dawood Simone Fattal Slavs and Tatars Taus Makhacheva Tentative Collective The Otolith Group Vivan Sundaram Wael Shawky Waseem Akram Yaminay Chaudhri Younus Nomani Yousuf Nomani Zarina Bhimji Zulfiqar Rind