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The second edition of Lahore Biennale commences tomorrow

Instep Today
By NewsBytes
Sat, 01, 20

The Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF) is all geared up for the second edition of Lahore Biennale (LB02), which will kick start from tomorrow January 26 and will run till February 29. The LBF, which aims to provide critical sites for experimentation in visual expression, recently revealed the Lahore Biennale list that will feature more than 70 artists from around the world.

According to the press statement, works presented at the Biennale will explore human entanglement with the environment while revisiting traditional understandings of the self and their cosmological underpinnings. Inspiration for this thematic focus is drawn from intellectual and cultural exchange between South and West Asia.

This year’s Lahore Biennale, which is curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates, will also feature 20 new commissions by the artists from across the region. The list includes Alia Farid, Diana Al-Hadid, Hassan Hajjaj, Haroon Mirza, Hajra Waheed, Simone Fattal and many others.

“For centuries, inhabitants of these regions oriented themselves with reference to the sun, the moon, and the constellations,” said Hoor Al Qasimi via a press statement. “How might we reflect on our place within the cosmos today, at this conjuncture of planetary climate crisis and polarities between societies?”

She added, “LB02 looks upwards with a view to forging new resonances and new imaginings of the future that encompass the full breadth of its material and virtual possibilities, growing from a tradition of intra-regional mobility of ideas, people, flora and fauna.”

Having made its debut in 2018 along with attracting around 1.5 million visitors, LB02 will be larger in scale covering 12 major sites over 5 weeks and hopes to attract over three million visitors this time around. Some of the sites include Mubarik Haveli, Summer Palace, Gaddafi Stadium and Diwan-e-Aam in the Lahore Fort and Alhamra Cultural Complex among others.