From September 2 to October 1, the Biennial will be presenting the works of 32 Swiss and International artists linked to environmental issues. In addition, a 30-
International ongoing exhibitions
Organised in collaboration with artistic, scientific and environmental institutions, the Biennial of Art and Urban Nature (re)connecting.earth (02)—eyond Water curated by Bernard Vienat (art-
The Biennial features 15 new artists productions outdoor, among them two conceptual gardens realised by Maria Thereza Alves and Uriel Orlow, an indoor exhibition focused on an exchange between historical positions of environmental art such has Hans Haacke and Mark Dion, in exchange with younger artists such as Pinar Yoldas and Diana Lelonek. The Biennial also offers an opportunity to discover different satellite nature sites in the city, such as the Pointe à la Bise reserve. Accessible to all generations, (re)connecting.earth (02)—eyond Water focused particularly on an extended educational program. During the month of September, workshops for nearly 2,000 primary school children are organised, giving them a fun way to learn about sustainable development, and experiment with creative practice. By presenting works created by artists sensitive to environmental issues, this Biennial of Art and Urban Nature aims to highlight the diversity of urban ecosystems and of contemporary artistic production linked to ecology. It explores the capacity of art to draw attention to the rest of the living world, in order to take better care of it.
The Biennial (re)connecting.earth (02)—eyond Water promotes a sustainable approach to the production and diffusion of art, from design to the recovery of materials used, including transport and the integration of a mobility plan. The newly-
With the aim of being accessible to all, a guide has been published as part of the Biennial. In it, you’l find explanations of the works, biographical details about the artists, presentations of the exhibition venues and explanations of how the Biennial works and how it came into being. The (re)connecting.earth project is a reminder that these issues are not reserved for the academic world. And it is in support of this idea that the Biennial’ activities, including art workshops, performances, screenings, and lectures, are open to all and largely free of charge.
The Lake Geneva and its biodiversity will be at the heart of the Biennial. An 80-
The Biennial also feature two conceptual gardens. One—esigned by Uriel Orlow (recipient of the 2023 Swiss Grand Prix for Art/Prix Meret Oppenheim) in collaboration with an architect—ffers a new way of looking at plants by considering them in all their agency. The other one, designed by Maria Thereza Alves, highlights indigenous and invasive plants from a postcolonial and globalised perspective, as part of the vast Seeds of Change project led by the artist since 1999.
Video artworks by artists Seba Calfuqueo, Julian Charrière and Som Supaparinya will be screened in partnership with the Festival du Film Vert Genève. The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion with guests linked to the issues raised by the films.
The artworks are also featured on—nd under—ake Geneva itself. Artist Raul Walch transforms the landscape of Lake Geneva in an ephemeral way, by sailing boats with upcycled sails in Geneva’ harbour, and Marie Griesmar’ underwater sculptures take place underwater, accessible to bathers and snorkelers.
Maria Thereza Alves, Caroline Bachmann, Flurina Badel & Jérémie Sarbach, Mauren Brodbeck, Seba Calfuqueo, Luis Camnitzer, Luis & Gabo Camnitzer, Gabo Camnitzer & Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Julian Charrière, Collectif Tchan-
Curator : Bernard Vienat
A Biennal organized by art-
Based in Geneva, art-
Exhibition 02 September -
Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change— Garden of Balast Flora, 2023. Wood, earth, coir logs, selected plants, variable dimensions. Image: Julien Gremaud.
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