12th edition of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art takes place at art centers and collaborative venues throughout the city of Gothenburg.

forms of the surrounding futures mark the twelfth edition of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, GIBCA. The biennial take place between September 16 to November 19, 2023.

forms of the surrounding futures

We are inhabiting a period of abrupt change recently defined as permacrisis. In western thought, such moments have regularly correlated with a failure to imagine multiple configurations for tomorrow. However, this is not the only prospect available.

forms of the surrounding futures adopt queer as an expanded perspective to challenge dominant narratives, replacing them by a broad rethinking and remaking of bodies, spaces and times. By embracing different agencies in a nonconforming affinity, they question the constructed features of the present and promote the emergence of various futures.

forms of the surrounding futures propose cognitive, emotional and sensual forms of engagement, materialising communal moments of othering and estrangement. Projecting a polyphonic and multi-sensorial set of positions, they celebrate and empower our collective ability to imagine and rehearse worlds to come.

– João Laia, Curator Göteborgs Internationella Konstbiennal 2023

Sophia Al-Maria / Adam Christensen / Joana da Conceição / Niko Hallikainen / Rodrigo Hernández / Sky Hopinka / Maria Jerez / Agnė Jokšė / Kem / Tarik Kiswanson / Yong Xiang Li / Yarema Malashchuk & Roman Khimei / Guadalupe Maravilla / Esse McChesney / Sandra Mujinga / Rasmus Myrup / Ania Nowak / Outi Pieski / Luiz Roque / Prem Sahib / P. Staff / Iris Touliatou / Ana Vaz / Osías Yanov /


Curator for this years biennial is João Laia. He is the Chief Curator for exhibitions at Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, and has a background in social sciences, film theory and contemporary art.


Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg City Library, Hammarkullen Konsthall

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Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) is a contemporary art project taking place every two years in Gothenburg, Sweden. Started in 2001, GIBCA has established itself as one of Sweden’s biggest art events and is internationally seen as an investigative and site-dedicated biennial.

To each of its editions, GIBCA invites one or several internationally practicing curators to enter in a dialogue with the city of Gothenburg, its citizens, people interested in art and artists around the globe. Starting from a theme and presenting stark artistic practices, the visitors as well as the art world are offered an experience of art at its best.

Each biennial consists of several major exhibitions and programme at established art institutions in Gothenburg, at forums for different questions and voices in the city, as well as in the public realm. The biennial fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and often partners organizations active in other fields, that become advisers, hosts and often co-producers of the artworks on view.

The biennial project developed in time with input from notable curators and curatorial teams

2001: Ewa Brodin, Britt Ignell and Lasse Lindqvist: Experience – Dissolution
2003: Carl Michael von Hausswolf: Against All Evens
2005: Sara Arrhenius: more!than this – Negotiating Realities
2007: Edi Muka and Joa Ljungberg: Rethinking Dissent
2009: Celia Prado and Johan Pousette: What a Wonderful World
2011: Sarat Maharaj, Dorethee Albrecht, Stina Edblom, Gertrud Sandqvist: Pandemonium – Art in a Time of Creativity Fever
2013: Katerina Gregos, Andjeas Ejiksson, Ragnar Kjartansson, Claire Tancons, Joanna Warsza: Play! Recapturing the Radical Imagination
2015: Elvira Dyangani Ose: A Story within a Story…
2017: Nav Haq: WheredoIendandyoubegin – On Secularity
2019: Lisa Rosendahl, Part of the Labyrinth
2021: Lisa Rosendahl, The Ghost Ship and the Sea Change

The biennial is initiated by Gothenburg City Cultural Committee, and since 2006 the organizer for GIBCA is Röda Sten Konsthall.

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