August 25, 2015 - Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) - Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2015: A story within a story...
August 25, 2015

Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA)

Leon&Chris, A story within a story..., 2015.

Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2015
A story within a story...
September 12–November 22, 2015
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Ângela Ferreira, Anna Lundh, Arvo Leo, benandsebastian, Bouchra Khalili, Carlos Motta, Coco Fusco, Esther Shalev-Gerz, Inmaculada Salinas, Isabel Lewis, Jacob Kirkegaard, Kader Attia, Kerry James Marshall, Leslie Hewitt, Loulou Cherinet, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, María Berríos & Jakob Jakobsen, Maryam Jafri, Meleko Mokgosi, Nastivicious, Petra Bauer & Rebecka Thor, Phoebe Boswell, Pia Rönicke, The Propeller Group, Runo Lagomarsino, Santiago Cirugeda - Recetas Urbanas, Sara Jordenö, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Shilpa Gupta, Simon Starling, Theo Eshetu, and Tris Vonna-Michell

A story within a story... is concerned with the possibility of imagining history as a participatory experience. In order to do so, the project will present works that look at history writing by unveiling the grammar of various sociopolitical junctures, rescuing events and their protagonists from historical oblivion and seeking to open up and expand readings of contemporary history. Taking Umberto Eco’s notion of the "open work" as a conceptual backdrop and curatorial methodology, A story within a story... will observe how history makes its subjects throughout multiples devices, questioning whether individuals and communities have the possibility to overcome certain historical narratives and presumptions by making relevant personal stories, inner worlds, and protagonists located within the margins of such narratives. Moreover, the project will explore history as a radical act by focusing on a socially engaged project, House of Words (HoW), which interrogates notions of storytelling, collective memories, and “publicness” from transnational and trans-historical perspectives. 

Curated by
Elvira Dyangani Ose

Exhibition venues
Röda Sten Konsthall / Göteborgs Konsthall / Hasselblad Center / 3:e Våningen / K K P Galleri

Opening week program

Monday, September 7
"African Aesthetics and Politics: Anatomy of a Divorce?"
Folk, 2–3:30pm
Achille Mbembe and Sarah Nuttall in conversation with Elvira Dyangani Ose

Monday, September 7 and Tuesday, September 8
Speak Easy
Folk, 7–10pm
An evening of mingling, GIBCA artist talks, and Valand Academy art student presentations

Wednesday, September 9 
Opening: GIBCA Extended
Skanstorget / Kastellgatan / Konstepidemin, 5–9pm
An evening of gallery openings, music, performances, and a sneak peak of GIBCA Extended’s upcoming programs and new productions

Friday, September 11
Professional preview
Registration: Röda Sten Konsthall, 9:30am
All venues, 10am–6pm
Only for accredited guests—apply here

Book launch: A story within a story...
Folk, 7–10pm
A celebration of the GIBCA 2015 publication A story within a story... published by Art & Theory Publishing, featuring a musical performance by artist Jacob Kirkegaard and Suzanne Farrin

The book includes contributions by Achille Mbembe, Boris Buden, Christine Ross, Édouard Glissant, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Joachim Koester, Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Susan Buck-Morss, Umberto Eco, Vijay Prashad, Yaiza Hernández Veláquez, and a conversation between Premesh Lalu and Stefan Jonsson moderated by Tracy Murinik

Saturday, September 12 
Opening: A story within a story…
Inauguration: Röda Sten Konsthall, 11:30am
All venues, noon–6pm

Opening party
Folk, 10pm–3am
Drinks, dancing, and live music featuring DJ Johanna Beckman, reggae/dancehall artist Etzia, and a secret act. Tickets will be available for purchase

Sunday, September 13
A story within a story...
All venues, noon–5pm

Trädgårdsföreningen, 1–3pm
An Occasion hosted by Isabel Lewis featuring Fanclub

HoW session
Röda Sten Konsthall, 4–6pm
House of Words (HoW) features a series of roundtable storytelling sessions activated by artist Loulou Cherinet. This first session is Postcolony and is convened in collaboration with the Swedish History Museum and Goethe-Institut.
–See the full HoW program here.

For further information about the opening program and press materials please contact contact [​at​] and visit

Röda Sten Konsthall is the organizer of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art.

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