September 2, 2015 - International Biennial Association (IBA) - First working committee meeting in Ekaterinburg, Russia
September 2, 2015

First working committee meeting in Ekaterinburg, Russia

Leonid Tishkov, Derelict Utopia: The Ice Skate Factory, 2012. Mixed media. © 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art.

IBA’s first working committee meeting in Ekaterinburg, Russia
October 7–8, 2015

Join IBA (International Biennial Association) and Ural Industrial Biennial for the first in-person working committee meeting, which includes four committees: programming, research, policy and finance. The meeting, supported by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation, will be held on October 7 to 8 in Ekaterinburg, Russia, during the Ural Industrial Biennial. Under the theme “Mobilization and Changes: Biennial as a Resource for Territory Openness,” members from each of the four committees will gather to share, discuss and promote change, benefiting biennials, triennials and other periodic contemporary art events throughout the world.

Each committee has a clear objective. The programming committee aims to create meaningful collaborations between biennials in different formats, working on the artistic and creative aspect and proposing a list of activities while focusing on the exchange of ideas and projects between biennials. The research group, meanwhile, focuses on information sharing between IBA’s network of professionals, collaborating to create a comprehensive archival system in addition to collecting resources. The policy committee seeks new global partnerships with cultural institutions, with a focus on drafting and executing beneficial exchanges and outlining new MOUs and programs. Finally, the finance group plans operational costs for IBA while researching approaches to receive continuous expenditures, making use of members’ fundraising experiences to launch events and initiatives benefiting IBA members. 

3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art
The Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art is one of the biggest Russian regional projects in the field of contemporary art with international participation, organized and held in Ekaterinburg and the Ural region since 2010. “Uniqueness of the Ural Industrial Biennial is defined by specifics of the region itself and its industrial heritage. The Biennial offers a new vector of area development by utilizing contemporary art as a relevant resource. New meanings arise at the intersection of contemporary culture and local specifics, involving the region in the cultural context. 
The key term of the 3rd Biennial is “mobilization,” understood as ability to change and rise to a fundamentally different level. Li Zhenhua and Biljana Ciric, curators of the main project, will follow the logic of the space of the historic Iset Hotel, which will house a larger part of the Biennial’s programs – the main project, final exhibition of the Artist-in-Residence program and research projects. The Iset Hotel is an integral part of the NKVD residential compound, which became popularly known as “Gorodok chekistov” (“Town of NKVD officers”): it is one of the most impressive architectural landmarks of Ekaterinburg and an outstanding example of international constructivist architecture of the 1920s–30s.

Connect with an IBA membership
The working committee meeting is open to IBA members, so please consider a membership today. Member benefits include invitations to members-only events, such as the annual General Assembly and other meetings, as well as social events for members during the meetings, a membership card that grants access to all events organized by IBA and free admission to those institutions participating in our free admission program. 

The three member categories include Individual, Institutional and Associate. Individual and Institutional members are able to vote for IBA representatives. All members are encouraged to be active participants of the association. 

Applications are accepted through IBA’s website.

Connect with an IBA membership today and watch the world of biennials come alive. 

Getting there
Please be aware that a visa may be required to enter Russia. If you will need assistance with an official invitation for visa purposes, please contact us: info [​at​]

IBA (International Biennial Association)
111 Biennale-ro, 3rd Floor
Buk-gu, Gwangju
Republic of Korea 500-845
T +82 62 608 4132 / F +82 62 608 4139
IBA’s 1st working committee is co-organized by IBA in collaboration with Ural Industrial Biennial. The project is designed by the winner of the Museum Bridge program contest of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation in 2015.


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