The highly anticipated second Coventry Biennial will unfold across the city from the 4th October to the 24th November 2019.
The biennial team and their partners invite people to learn, look, make, talk, think and walk with them. The biennial title this year is The Twin and it comprises a series of exhibitions, events and activities about relationships.
We are an international city; Coventry and Volgograd, Russia, were the first modern twin cities in the world and this year marks the 75th anniversary of that historic bond of friendship.
Coventry now has 26 twins around the world and is known as a city that welcomes migrants and refugees. When walking the city’s streets Punjabi, Urdu and Polish can frequently be heard alongside accents from across the West Midlands, nearby Warwickshire and Ireland.
The artists and groups exhibiting in The Twin all explore themes, ideas and processes which resonate through this international city including translation, collaboration and togetherness while also exploring some of the difficulties presented by globalisation, political inequality and conflict.
We are delighted to present Šejla Kamerić’s ‘1395 Days without Red’ in the Chapter House at Coventry Cathedral, in partnership with Artangel. The work explores everyday life in Sarajevo, one of Coventry’s twin cities, during four years of siege in the 1990’s.
Ryan Hughes, Artistic Director of Coventry Biennial says:
“Coventry Cathedral has been central to the international twin city movement over many decades, even before the new cathedral was built following the blitz. This has been recognised through its designation as an international centre for peace and reconciliation. The work and its placement in the Chapter House creates an intimate and poignant experience for visitors to the Biennial.”
Embedded in the wider Coventry Biennial 2019 programme are opportunities to speak to or eat with the artists, to learn a new skill, to warm yourself by a fire, to dance through the night or to ease yourself into the day with a yoga session.
It is this spirit of care and friendship which marks this as the UK’s social biennial.