Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary ArtThe Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, directed by Thouli Misirloglou, will take place from December 10, 2022 until May 21, 2023 in museums and other venues across the city of Thessaloniki.
Geocultura is the broad theme running through the programme of the 8th edition of the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. The concept of geocultura associates the cultivation of land and culture, as a set of resources, texts, and practices available to humankind, that allow us to understand the world and act in it.
The pairing of the terms "geo-" and "culture" evokes the Latin origin of the word, cultura, which derives from the verb colere ("to cultivate"), as well as the original semantic connection between the cultivation of land and the cultivation of the mind, i.e., education and culture. Perhaps the demands of the modern world are urging us to rediscover that lost thread connecting land and culture.
© Ana Vaz, Pseydosphynx, 2020
Due to the state of permanent precariousness, we experience, we have come to consider this succession of crises that we have to adapt to in order to survive, as the new normal. The climate crisis, combined with the economic and refugee crises, turn our attention to that original connection with the land, the management of natural resources and the economic systems we use to organize production, distribution, consumption, and profitability. The recent shift from conventional to organic farming, aimed at protecting biodiversity and the ecological balance, offers hope for the future, as well as an extremely promising reservoir of principles and practices that could allow the radical transformation of the relationships among the species coexisting on our planet.
Athens-based contemporary art curator Maria-Thalia Karra will curate the main exhibition of the 8th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, titled "Being as Communion".