The Cultural Centre of Belgrade announces the opening dates and the list of participating artists of the 58th October Salon, Belgrade Biennale 2021.
Founded by the city of Belgrade in 1960, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the October Salon | Belgrade Biennale is one of the most important cultural events in the Balkan area.
Including 64 artists, the exhibition—called The Dreamers and curated by Italian curators Ilaria Marotta and Andrea Baccin, founding directors of CURA.—explores the space of dream as a metaphorical space of freedom, capable of re-reading categories, rules, and the most common certainties. “In a shifting of plans, times and spaces,” the curators write, “The Dreamers embodies the presence of different worlds which, like dreams, progress by free association and fragmentarily, in a whirlwind of images and references between oneiric dimension, imagination, dream projection, virtual sphere and existing reality.”
The exhibition defines the world of dream as a timeless and universal space, capable of overcoming cultural, political, religion, and language barriers: over 160 works of which 70 are new productions, public and site-specific interventions, are hosted at the Museum of the City of Belgrade, in the surrounding park of the Museum of Yugoslavia, in the galleries of the Cultural Centre of Belgrade and its movie theatre, while Radio Belgrade Channel 2 and TV RTS 3 Culture and Art Program will host specific productions. A special section of the show includes The Dreamers Library, an ongoing archive of books and films, selected by the artists on the topics of the show, and a few new editorial productions created specifically for the occasion.
The Dreamers also includes talks, performances and interventions in public sites in the city, among which Cyprien Gaillard’s permanent installation, which the artist donated to the city.
The exhibition catalogue, designed by CURA. in collaboration with Dan Solbach, and published in a Serbian and English double edition by the Cultural Centre of Belgrade together with CURA.BOOKS, includes original contributions by the artists, and texts by: Ilaria Marotta and Andrea Baccin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Mahfuz Sultan, Melanie Chan, Giulia Bini, Ben Vickers, Anthony Huberman, Tarek Elhaik, Matthew Spellberg, Emanuele Coccia, Costanza Paissan, Vladimir Kulić, Sanja Bojanić, Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen and Saša Ilić, in addition to a written contribution by Ian Cheng.
Artists: Jean-Marie Appriou, 1986; Marija Avramović and Sam Twidale, 1989/1988; Trisha Baga, 1985; Davide Balula, 1978; Will Benedict, 1978; Cecilia Bengolea, 1979; James Bridle, 1980; Dora Budor, 1984; Elaine Cameron-Weir, 1985; Ian Cheng, 1984; Claudia Comte, 1983; Sanja Ćopić, 1992; Matt Copson, 1992; Vuk Ćosić, 1966; Vuk Ćuk, 1987; Alex Da Corte, 1980; Jeremy Deller, 1966; Simon Denny, 1982; Nicolas Deshayes, 1983; DIS, 2010; Aleksandra Domanović, 1981; David Douard, 1983; Cécile B. Evans, 1983; Cao Fei, 1978; Cyprien Gaillard, 1980; Nenad Gajić, 1982; Camille Henrot, 1978; David Horvitz, 1974; Klára Hosnedlová, 1990; Marguerite Humeau, 1986; Than Hussein Clark, 1981; Pierre Huyghe, 1962; Invernomuto, 2003; Alex Israel, 1982; Melike Kara, 1985; Nadežda Kirćanski, 1992; Josh Kline, 1979; Oliver Laric, 1981; Mark Leckey, 1964; Hannah Levy, 1991; Hana Miletić, 1982; Ebecho Muslimova, 1984; Katja Novitskova, 1984; Precious Okoyomon, 1993; Wong Ping, 1984; Sonja Radaković, 1989; Jon Rafman, 1981; Anri Sala, 1974; Bojan Šarčević, 1974; Max Hooper Schneider, 1982; Augustas Serapinas, 1990; Igor Simić, 1988; Marianna Simnett, 1986; Emily Mae Smith, 1979; Colin Snapp with Mauro Hertig, 1982/1989; Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, 1977; Diamond Stingily, 1990; Jenna Sutela, 1983; Nora Turato, 1991; Nico Vascellari, 1976; Jordan Wolfson, 1980; Guan Xiao, 1983
Press and preview: June 25, 2021
Opening: June 26, 2021
Through August 22, 2021