Today Röda Sten Konsthall as the organiser of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) announced the next curator for the 9. editon of GIBCA: Nav Haq.
Nav Haq is Senior Curator at M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp. Haq’s research as a curator and writer lies at the meeting points of culture and politics, theory and practice. He has considered art’s internationalism, along with its relations to the ‚institution‘ of art in the broadest sense of the term, seeking to rethink both. He was previously Curator at Arnolfini, Bristol, and Curator at Gasworks, London. Haq has curated numerous solo exhibitions with artists such as Hassan Khan, Cosima von Bonin, Shilpa Gupta, Kerry Tribe, Imogen Stidworthy, Harald Thys & Jos de Gruyter, Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, Alexandre Estrela and Otobong Nkanga. Group exhibitions have included Superpower: Africa in Science Fiction (2012) co-curated with Al Cameron; Museum Show—a historical survey of (semi-fictional) museums created by artists (2011); the two-person exhibition The Sea Wall presenting works by Haegue Yang and Felix Gonzalez-Torres (2011); Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie: Class Hegemony in Contemporary Art, co-curated with Tirdad Zolghadr (2006–09); and Contour Biennial 2007, Mechelen, Belgium. At M HKA he co-curated the group exhibition Don’t You Know Who I Am? Art After Identity Politics together with Anders Kreuger in 2014, and he is presently finalising the interdisciplinary exhibition Energy Flash: The Rave Movement opening in June 2016. Haq is on the editorial board of the online research platform for the L’Internationale confederation of European museums. In 2012 he was a recipient of the Independent Vision Award for Curatorial Achievement, awarded by Independent Curators International, New York.
GIBCA is one of the leading Nordic art biennials. With every edition the biennial has grown, offering participants high-quality and progressive experiences of art. GIBCA is an important arena for a comprehensive international cultural exchange in the field of contemporary art. The role of GIBCA is to engage in a series of explorations that deal with the complexity of our contemporary world and present a diversity of artistic positions. GIBCA functions in the interrelated fields of research, artistic creation, and philosophical thought which together provide a vital ground for the probing of meaning and for opening up new avenues for dialogue and exchange. Through the eight previous biennials, GIBCA has established itself as one of the largest international contemporary art events in Sweden.
The most recent editions of GIBCA have been curated by:
2015: Elvira Dyangani Ose
2013: Katerina Gregos, Claire Tancons, Joanna Warsza, and Ragnar Kjartansson in collaboration with Andjeas Ejiksson
2011: Sarat Maharaj with co-curators Gertrud Sandqvist, Dorothee Albrecht and Stina Edblom
Director Röda Sten Konsthall: Mia Christersdotter Norman
Artistic Director GIBCA: Stina Edblom
see also: 7. GIBCA