The Zero Budget Biennial

27 Feb 2010 – 2 Apr 2010

Cost of entry

Free admission


London, United Kingdom


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  • Farringdon, Angel, Chancery Lane
  • Kings Cross

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The Zero Budget Biennial curated by Joanna Fiduccia and Chris Sharp is the biennial to end all biennials as we know them. In an art world beleaguered by both biennials and economic hardship, the Zero Budget Biennial offers a solution, a viable alternative, a way out. This exhibition reverses the usual terms and general impact of biennials. Where biennials often trade in a specific set of political and social themes, from globalism to post-Wall discourse, the Zero Budget Biennial will remain steadfastly un-programmatic. Where most biennials perpetuate a particular genre one might call biennial art in the service of illustrating dominant biennial themes, the Zero Budget Biennial will privilege idiosyncrasy. Where other biennials promote tourism, boost local economies and generate cultural capital, the Zero Budget Biennial will leave little or no carbon footprint, probably make no one any richer and generate a cultural capital of questionable marketability. Where most biennials bark (change), the Zero Budget Biennial will actually bite. For it intends to breach the closed circuit of biennial discourses, artworks and economies by proposing a new model for these post-budget times. A patently unprofitable show in a commercial space, this biennial blithely blurs the boundaries between the so-called 'sacred' non-commercial domain of the biennial and the 'profane' one of the gallery. To the injury of this unorthodox context can be added the insult of a human-sized, anti-spectacular art, contra biennial conventions. An amalgam of hyperbole and humility, bombast and intimacy, chest-beating outrage and methodical joy, The Zero Budget Biennial seeks to challenge more than a few assumptions, and it will do so with barely a dime. Participating artists: Michael Baers, Sara Barker, Davide Balula, Agnieszka Brzezanska, Jerome Saint Loubert-Bié, Vanessa Billy, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Jeff Feld, Anouk Kruithof, Lamarche-Ovize, Jochen Lempert, Justin Lieberman, Cécile Meynier, Sally Osborn, Marlo Pascual, Ruth Root, Simone Schardt & Wolf Schmelter, Anna Strand, Hayley Tompkins, and Will Yackulic, among others. Screening program selected by: Jacob Fabricius, Joanna Fiduccia, FormContent, Lindsey Hanlon, Vincent Honoré, Gianni Jetzer, Komplot, Simone Menegoi and Chris Sharp. The Zero Budget Biennial will feature approximately 35 international and local artists, in addition to a performance program, and a screening program selected by ten international curators and curatorial collectives. The sole prerequisite for participation is that no artist or curator may have had prior biennial experience. The Biennial was be inaugurated last September at Galerie Carlos Cardenas and Galerie schleicher+lange in Paris, and pianissimo, Milan.


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