Peles Empire to participate in Ural industrial biennial

Peles Empire is set to participate in this year's Ural industrial biennial of Contemporary Art.


Curated by Çağla Ilk, Assaf Kimmel, and Misal Adnan Yıldız, Thinking Hands, Touching Each Other, the main project of the 6th Ural Industrial Biennial, will feature 52 artists and collectives from 23 countries and regions, who will present 76 works, including 24 new commissions. The project will take place at four main venues in Yekaterinburg: The Ural Optical and Mechanical Plant (part of Rostec state corporation), The Yekaterinburg State Circus, the former Salute Cinema, and the Main Post Office, as well as three additional locations. The show will run from October 2 until December 5, 2021. 

The curatorial trio refers to the making of the biennial’s main show as hausgemacht (“homemade” in German), alluding to how social distancing and pandemic-era border politics complicated research trips and studio visits. Logging an overwhelming amount of screen time, the curators carried on long-distance conversations with artists in cities in which they were previously based, including Berlin, Istanbul, Stockholm, Tel Aviv and Auckland. Like tracking the migration routes of birds, they reconnected these studios to each other using the tools of digital communication.


One of the key elements of the 2021 biennial is its experimental performative approach. Performance pervades both the main project and the public program, including some collaborative performances between international and Russian artists. Among the list of new commissions are works by Jimmy Robert, Olya Kroytor, and Sebastian Baumgarten with Robert Lippok, as well as Shiran Eliaserov with Amir Shpilman. Yael Bartana, Clemens von Wedemeyer and Denise Ferreira da Silva will all debut new projects, screened for the first time as part of the biennial.    


Maria Thereza Alves, Peles Empire, Egemen Demirci, Henrike Naumann and Anna Ehrenstein are a few of the artists who have generated site-specific or context-sensitive installations in relation to the unique surroundings and rich architectural heritage of Yekaterinburg. This setting will reinvigorate existing works, which range in format and scale from Simon Denny, Michael Tolmachev, Larissa Sansour and Absalon, to Hale Tenger and Runo Lagomarsino. 

September 22, 2021
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