What is GIBCA?
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) is a contemporary art project taking place every second year in Gothenburg, Sweden. GIBCA is in 2019 at its 10th edition and has become one of the most relevant art biennials in the Nordic region. With the nine biennials that have taken place since the start in 2001, GIBCA has established itself as one of Sweden’s biggest art events and is internationally seen as one of the young and exciting biennials in Europe.
To each of its new editions, GIBCA invites one or several internationally practicing curators to enter in a dialogue with the city of Gothenburg, its citizens, people interested in art and artists around the globe. Starting from a current chosen theme and presenting stark artistic practices, the visitors as well as the art world are offered an experience of art at its best.
Swedish and international artists are invited to present existing as well as newly produced site-specific artworks where the local spirit of Gothenburg and of West of Sweden play a notable part. Gothenburg is a city with a past of labor and harbor culture. The city has a dynamic history where both established and self-organized communities make an impact. As a platform for the international contemporary art scene, the biennial has become an important junction between the local, national and international art practitioners.
Each biennial consists of several major exhibitions and programme which take place at the established art institutions as well as in the public realm. Activities are offered, such as workshops, seminars and talks, where the visitors are invited to deepen their knowledge on current issues within contemporary art. A broadened educational art programme engages both children and young people in a rich variety of activities, workshops and tours in all exhibition spaces for the biennial.
The biennial is initiated by Gothenburg City Cultural Committee, and since 2006 the main organization for GIBCA is Röda Sten Konsthall.
Image: William Hunt - Paranalia – For 5 dancers; an exercise in suspension, cooperation and obstruction (2013) during GIBCA 2013. Photo: Attila Urban