Postponed to 2022 for health reasons, it is positioned this year as one of the unmissable events for contemporary art lovers with the Venice Biennale or the Documenta in Kassel. It is also a moment much awaited by the public.

If the previous edition, entitled "Where the waters mingle", had taken as its starting point the particular geography of Lyon in order to open up a reflection on contemporary ecosystems, this 16th edition more particularly borrows its common thread from History, revealing events which have, in the past, marked the local news, with unsuspected repercussions internationally on the political, economic or social levels but also on the artistic level, proving, if it were still necessary, how much art bears witness to its time. 

Based on in-depth research in public and private archives, and by drawing on the collections of numerous museums on the regional and national territory as well as in important international museums (The Metropolitan Museum, The Center Pompidou, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden... ), the curators of the Biennale de Lyon 2022, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, have compiled a "manifesto of fragility", which invites the invited artists to express in turn their sensitivity to the world around them and their desire for resistance in a news hampered by the pandemic and its consequences. 

The 16th edition of the Biennale de Lyon affirms fragility as intrinsically linked to a form of resistance initiated in the past, in tune with the present and capable of facing the future. She imagines a world which, instead of considering vulnerability as a sign of weakness, exploits it in an attempt to regain power. It is conceived as a plurality of resilient voices that feed on tenderness and flourish in adversity.

Communities are formed where word, image, sound and movement meet, resulting in the writing of a manifesto for an irretrievably fragile world. 


Visuals ©: Luca Giradini


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