Borås is marking the 400th anniversary of its founding next year with a jubilee celebration. In conjunction with the festivities, the Borås International Sculpture Biennale is changing its name to the Borås Art Biennial and launching new partnerships with the Textile Museum of Sweden and Borås TME to engage the entire city in a festival of art. The Biennial opens on May 29, 2021 and runs through September 26, 2021.
The 2021 Biennial will be curated by Stockholm-based Ulrika Flink and London-based Amanprit Sandhu. The Biennial will invite Swedish and international artists to consider what new forms of collective action might look like in today’s world and to explore what constitutes a city’s emotional relationships and social structures. The artworks will be exhibited in public spaces throughout the downtown area, along the Viskan River, and at the Borås Art Museum and the Textile Museum of Sweden. The theme and list of artists for the Biennial will be announced in January 2021.
A regional collaboration will take place in Vårgårda and Bollebygd during the biennial. The project is called Moving Out – The Art Biennial moves out and is supported by Boråsregionen.
About the curators:
Ulrika Flink has curated exhibitions throughout Sweden and abroad in recent years. Her latest exhibition in Borås, Somewhere in Between at the Borås Art Museum, which concluded in January 2020, explored the landscape’s memory, national identity, and the role of myth in the writing of history.
Flink is currently working in Hökarängen, outside Stockholm, as Artistic Director for Konsthall C, a leading force in a socially engaged art scene where innovation and curatorial and artistic experiments take center stage. Fink also works as Artistic Director for the arts advocacy organization Konstfrämjandet Stockholm. Internationally, she has curated for prestigious exhibitions such as Momentum 9 in 2017, an important arena for contemporary Nordic art.
Flink has long experience of working with art locally, nationally, and internationally, including institutions such as Tensta Konsthall, Autograph ABP (London), the Tate Modern, and Bonniers Konsthall. She has a master’s degree in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London.
Amanprit Sandhu is a curator and writer based in London. As a freelance curator, she focuses on art for public spaces, performance art, and methods of collaborating. She was one of the founders of the curatorial collective DAM Projects (2014–2020), whose work brought attention to underexposed artists, art scenes, discourses, and socio-political debates.
Her previous positions include: Interim Curator at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire; Public Programme and Residencies Curator at Camden Art Centre; Projects Curator for Art on the Underground; Performance Curator for Art13 and Art14 in London; Project Manager for the Folkestone Triennial in 2012 and 2014; Frieze Foundation Projects and Assistant Curator for the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art.
She is a guest lecturer in the undergraduate program at Chelsea College of Arts and a guest instructor in the graduate program in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art. From 2017 through 2020 she was on the Board of Directors for Arts Catalyst.
Since 2008, the Borås Art Museum has organised the Borås International Sculpture Biennial. It all began with Jim Dine’s sensational sculpture Walking to Borås (Pinocchio); since then, the city’s public art has been enriched with a large variety of temporary or more durable works of art. Many have become part of the city’s public art collection and image, while others give rise to exciting, momentary encounters. The City of Borås bases its public art initiative on a long-term strategic policy and close collaboration with the business sector. The Borås Art Museum has contemporary art as its mission, and the Biennial will be expanded from 2021 to include other artistic media. To reflect this, the name of the event will be changed to the Borås Art Biennial.