2016 ~ Sunday January 10 ~ Roaming Assembly # 2 ~ MONOTOPIA: 'The 5th Riwaq Biennale in Palestine', presentation by Tirdad Zolghadr

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The 5th Riwaq Biennale in Palestine

by Tirdad Zolghadr

Zolghadr addresses some of the key terms at play at the conference - tourism, agency, location - by using a recent curatorial collaboration in Palestine as a case study.The Riwaq Biennale is named after an institution, not a place. It was initiated in 2005, to expand upon the Riwaq Center’s efforts to revitalize the historic centers of 50 towns and villages throughout the country. In other words, it’s a biennale that comes with an agenda. And this, in turn, leaves a mark on the commissioning process, the curatorial discourse, and the understanding of what the very location of contemporary art can be.