The Second Yinchuan Biennale
Starting from the Desert. Ecologies on the Edge
June 9–September 19, 2018

Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan
No.12, HeLe Road
Xingqing District
750101 Yinchuan

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Curator: Marco Scotini
Curatorial team: Andris Brinkmanis, Paolo Caffoni, Zasha Colah, Lu Xinghua
Curatorial assistant: Yin Shuai

Starting from the Desert. Ecologies on the Edge: The Second Yinchuan Biennale curated by Marco Scotini is opening its doors to the public on June 9, with 37 newly commissioned works and more than 90 participating artists.

Extending over the 15,000 square meters of museum space of MOCA Yinchuan, the surrounding Hui Nongqu Eco-park, and the International Artist Village of the River Origins, the exhibition articulates itself through four thematic sections: Nomadic Space and Rural Space, Labor-in-Nature and Nature-in-Labor, The Voice and The Book, Minorities and Multiplicity.

“What we call the desert,” as Marco Scotini affirms, “is a physical and theoretical space at the same time. Starting from the desert, therefore means to escape the State Science (the pattern of thinking of the stable, identical and constant) in order to learn a new Nomad Science (as the thought of pure fluidity, pure circulation, without any inhibition of movement). In a place, at least to all appearances, where life is impossible (and in which it must go beyond itself in order to subsist) Deleuze and Guattari laid the basis of something new at stake for life as such, a new dimension of Ecology with a view to emancipating all forms of life. So let’s start from the desert.”

Newly commissioned works and performances: Ravi Agarwal, Vyacheslav Akhunov, Arahmaiani with Wukir Suryadi, Navjot Altaf with Rajkumar Korram and Shantibai Vishwakarma, Can Altay, Massimo Bartolini, Erick Beltrán, Sheba Chhachhi, Nikhil Chopra, Peter Fend, Mariam Ghani, Shiva Gor, Ho Rui An, Francesco Jodice, Kan Xuan, Muratbek Kasmalieva & Gulnara Djumaliev, Alimjan Jorobaev, Kimsooja, Li Juchuan, Li Binyuan, Liu Ding, Juan Pablo Macías, Mao Chenyu, Mao Tongqiang, Nils Norman, Prabhakar Pachpute, Justin Ponmany, Marjetica Potrč, Karan Shrestha, Song Dong, Alexander Ugay, Wang Wei, WUXU Group (Zheng Ningyuan, Wang Kai, Sun Yicong & Liu Jing), Xu Tan, Yang Kailin, Sawangwongse Yawnghwe, Zai Tang, Zheng Bo

Ravi Agarwal