Ahead of its opening later this month, the Shanghai Biennale has revealed the artist list for its 13th iteration. The exhibition will feature 64 artists—33 of which will present new commissions—at the Power Station of Art and other venues across the city.
Eschewing the traditional biennale format, this edition has unfolded over nine months, beginning in November with a five-day inaugural summit, followed by five months of presentations and programming. The theme of the main exhibition is “Bodies of Water,” and the show draws inspiration from the interdependent relationship between humans and our increasingly imperiled climate.
In a statement, chief curator Andrés Jaque said, “The 13th Shanghai Biennale advocates for the momentous contribution that art plays in the reconstruction of a world shaped by environmental, social and political distress. The Biennale is sensitive to the way art constitutes and infiltrates life itself, and to its capacities for bodied reparation, transformation and dissidence.”
It’s a fitting theme given the Power Station’s origins as a former coal-electric plant that spurred the industrialization of the Huangpu River. Additional venues include the Sunke Villa at the Columbia Circle—created from the drying of the region’s original wetland—and the former building of the Commercial Printing Factory.
The exhibition opens on April 17 and runs through July 25. Below is the list of participating artists, with remaining artists to be announced on April 15th.
Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor
Ayesha Tan Jones
Cao Minghao and Chen Jianjun
Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe)
Debajo del Sombrero (Andrés Fernández, José Manuel Egea, Miguel García, María Lapastora and Belén Sánchez)
Diakron and Emil Rønn Andersen
Diane Severin Nguyen
Hylozoic/Desires (Himali Singh Soin + David Soin Tappeser)
Karrabing Film Collective
Nerea Calvillo (C+arquitectas)
P Staff in collaboration with Basse Stittgen
ReUnion X DMAS
Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen
Zhao Kunfang and Huang Siyao
WORKac (Amale Andraos and Dan Wood)
Zadie Xa and Benito Mayor Vallejo
Zheng Mahler (Royce Ng and Daisy Bisenieks)