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MEANWHILE... SUDDENLY, AND THEN Für die 12. Ausgabe der Lyon Biennale hat Kvaran weltweit über 50 Künstler eingeladen, die sich in ihren Arbeiten mit der Vielfalt narrativer Strukturen auseinandersetzen. In Skulpturen, Objekten, Installationen, Bildern, Fotoarbeiten, Videos und Performances experimentieren sie mit den Modalitäten und Mechanismen des Storytelling.

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The Biennale de Lyon 2013 Novelists and screenwriters always hope they have an interesting story. These days, politicians too and advertisers are all on the look-out for a good story that can be used to influence voters and consumers. Not only are there “countless forms of narrative in the world”, as Roland Barthes would have it, but now they are everywhere and an integral part of our daily life.

For the Biennale de Lyon 2013, I have invited artists from all over the world who work in the narrative field and use art to experiment with the modalities and mechanisms of storytelling. The exhibition gives pride of place to the ingenuity and inventiveness of contemporary artists in undoing mainstream narrative codes and off-the-peg plotting devices in order to tell new stories differently.

The art of these artist-storytellers comes in many and varied forms and uses a wealth of different registers, materials and techniques. So the exhibition naturally includes sculptures, paintings, fixed images, animated images, arrangements of texts, arrangements of sounds and of objects in space, as well as performances. It highlights the way (or rather ‘ways’) in which young artists of today – according to whether they work in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa or North America – are imagining the narratives of tomorrow: narratives that do without the suspense and excitement of globalised fiction as practised in Hollywood, on television, or in the best-sellers of world literature. Theirs are totally new narratives that defamiliarise us with the world and restore the deep-rooted strangeness and complexity that classic storytelling devices have always sought to iron out or to stifle. These are art narratives that enable us to see and understand the world in a new light and more intelligibly.

The young artists invited include Ed Atkins and Helen Marten from Britain, Czech artist Václav Magid, Americans Trisha Baga, Ian Cheng, Petra Cortright, Nate Lowman and Ryan Trecartin; Zhang Ding from China and Thiago Martins de Melo from Brasil, as well as French artists Neïl Beloufa and Lili Reynaud-Dewar.

by Gunnar B. Kvaran, Guest curator of the Biennale de Lyon 2013

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12. Biennale de Lyon 2013

Jonathas de Andrade, Ed Atkins, Trisha Baga, Matthew Barney, Neil Beloufa, Gerry Bibby, Juliette Bonneviot, Dineo Seshee Bopape, The Bruce High Quality Foundation , Antoine Catala, Xavier Cha, Paul Chan, Ian Cheng, Dan Colen, Petra Cortright, Jason Dodge, Aleksandra Domanovic, David Douard, Mette Edvarsen, Erró , Roe Ethridge, Edward Fornieles, Gabriela Fridriksdottir, Robert Gober, Karl Haendel, Rana Hamadeh, Louise Herve & Chloe Maillet, Fabrice Hybert, Glenn Kaino, John Kelsey, Jeff Koons, Donna Kukama, Margaret Lee & Michele Abeles, Patricia L Boyd, Laida Lertxundi, Alice Lescanne & Sonia Derzypolski, Ann Lislegaard, Nate Lowman, MadeIn , Vaclav Magid, Helen Marten, Thiago Martins de Melo, Bjarne Melgaard, Takao Minami, Meloko Mokgosi, Paulo Nazareth, Paulo Nimer Pjota, Yoko Ono, Aude Pariset, Laure Prouvost, Lili Reynaud Dewar, James Richards, Tabor Robak, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Matthew Ronay, Tom Sachs, Georgia Sagri, Hiraki Sawa, Mary Sibande, Alexandre Singh, Sumakshi Singh, Gustavo Speridiao, Tavares Strachan, Nobuaki Takekawa, Ryan Trecartin & Lizzie Fitch, Peter Wächtler, Hannah Weinberger, Ming Wong, Helga Wretman, Yang Fudong, Yang Zhengzhong, Anicka Yi, Zhang Ding.

Künstler. Direktor:
Thierry Raspail

Gunnar B. Kvaran