10th Edition of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art: 2019-2021


PART OF THE LABYRINTH is the title of 10th edition of Göteborg (Gothenburg) International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) with a tagline: I THINK THEREFORE I AM PART OF THE LABYRINTH. Röda Sten Konsthall is the organizer of GIBCA, and the main arenas of the biennial are Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg Natural History Museum, Franska Tomten and Haga.


Gothenburg is one of the liveliest cities in Europe with a buzzing activity related to arts: painters, musicians, performing artists, and those related to creative expressions of contemporary reality through art find a space and a platform for expression. The local (Göteborgs Stad) and regional governments (Västra Götalands Regionen) actively support and fund art projects.

During the biennial, works of thirty-five acclaimed local and international artists are exhibited, and there will be lectures and talks with a focus ‘how to travel through time’.  Though the biennial ends on 17th November (7 September 2019 to 17 November 2019) the biennial contemporary art is aimed ‘to connect the 2019 and 2021 editions for the biennial’: Gothenburg aka Göteborg will celebrate its 400th anniversary in 2021.

“Time travel, teleportation, and parallel universes are just some of man’s fascinating speculations. Who among us hasn’t dreamed of travelling or backward in time, of meeting a copy of oneself, or of hybrids of different beings, such as werewolves and mermaids—thoughts that are all about testing and, with the help of imagination, challenging accepted truths. Turning what we take for granted upside down and inside out is contemporary art’s forte,” observed Mia Christersdotter Norman, the director of Röda Sten Konsthall, in a foreword to magazine released as part of GIBCA.”

The biennial takes place once in every two years. ‘Part of the Labyrinth’ is the title of the tenth edition of the Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art – interweaving, cross-referencing, and labyrinthine connections.

Mia Christersdotter Norman suggests and asks, “Open up your senses and follow the instructions for how to travel through time. Think about how the roots of a tree can be about both Sami culture and Norwegian place names. And what in fact is the connection between a parking lot in Gothenburg and an island in the Caribbean?”

For more information about the biennial contemporary art, please check: www.gibca.se or contact +46 (0) 31-12 07 76, +46 (0) 31-12-08 16.