Art Encounters Biennial 2019, September 20–October 27, 2019, Timișoara, Romania
For the third edition of The Art Encounters Biennial in Timișoara, a series of context-sensitive commissions will reflect on contemporary art as a form of understanding which, along with science, politics, literature, and philosophy, helps us tackle the complexity of life today. Curators Maria Lind and Anca Rujoiu will match artworks and practices with situations, locations, and questions, placing them alongside existing works embedded in the landscape and history of Timișoara. The Biennial’s name, Art Encounters, acts as further inspiration for discussion and reflection. Each artwork will be the product of encounters, and aims to stimulate debate between groups and individuals, both about and around the art.
Over the course of this edition of the Art Encounters Biennial, different thoughts and ideas will flow through artworks and practices, influencing this part of the project. Similar to the winds in Herta Müller’s novels, which take place in and around Timișoara, the winds of the Biennial will bring different temperatures, atmospheres and even substances. Winds blow through borders and translations, something well known in Timișoara’s Banat region. Another wind drives an attentiveness to craft and the work of the hand. A third wind stimulates independent publishing, private collections, and forms of self-organisation.
A number of partnerships and other forms of collaboration are facilitating the Art Encounters Biennial 2019, which started in January and will continue until October 27. The Biennial exhibition will open on September 20, 2019. Leading up to this, a series of talks, workshops, and courses will take place as an integral part of the Biennial. The Biennial’s third edition continues the mission of engaging a wide audience in social debate, creating a vibrant platform for cultural exchange between the art scenes in Romania and those abroad, and exploring contact and conflict zones around individuals, groups, and contemporary art.