Flanders Arts Institute and Contour Biennale together organised a visitors’ programme during the opening weekend of Contour Biennial 8, Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium.
The international participants took part at the opening of the biennial and the public programme ‘Planetary Records: Performing Justice Between Art and Law’ (in cooperation with the Dutch Art Institute). Several meetings with artists and professional network events were included in the programme.
The participants of the visitors’ programme are Erika Balsom (writer and researcher, Film Studies Department King’s College, London), Övül Durmusoglu (artistic director YAMA Public Screen Project, Istanbul), João Laia (curator and writer, London) en Colin Perry (writer and researcher, Central Saint Martins and University of Westminster, London).
The 8th edition of the Contour Biennial took place in the spring of 2017 under the curatorship of the South-Asian curator Natasha Ginwala. More than 20 local and international artists presented new and recent work on diverse locations in Mechelen. Exactly four hundred years ago the city was the European craddle of justice. Against this background the Contour Biennale 8 wants to start the debate about social justice. What if jurisdiction is not an objective parameter, but a medium that simultaneously veils performative, ethical and aesthetic values? Through film, video, installations and performances Contour Biennale 8 gives a critical vision on the past of justice and jurisdiction.