How to gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia

Under challenging circumstances, the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art opts for a radical format and changes its structure: the biennale will be condensed into ten days. Artistic, discursive and reflective moments will shape the space. Located in the Pavilion No.1 of VDNKh, it is here that the Moscow Biennale will evolve, as a think tank in real time.

Biennale: Sept 22 - Oct 1, 2015
Documentary exhibition project: Oct 3 - Oct 11, 2015


Vanden Abeele, Maarten

Born in Brussels, BE
Based in Brussels, BE
Based in Paris, FR

Maarten Vanden Abeele mainly concentrates on photography, but also makes video art and installations. He displays his photographs in series without any apparent basis in narrative or chronology. For the artist, the mutual connection becomes clearer the more photographs he takes. In making each individual image, Vanden Abeele is led by his intuition. He considers photographs as frozen images comprising a memory’s materialisation. Still, his photographs do not immortalize anything: they never record a decisive moment, but only suggest the transitory, fleeting element of time. Both the subject and form of Vanden Abeele’s photographs regularly vary. He plays with format, color and focus, and shoots both landscapes and portraits, cityscapes and still lifes.

Credits (c)image: vdabw

Item details
Portrait of Valentine Zhou, Belleville, Paris (from the series 'Eurasiennes'), 1997
Photography, 180 x 120 cm
color lightjet print on photo paper
Item details
22 September - 01 October 2015, 2015
Photography, variable dimensions

Maarten Vanden Abeele was invited to the biennial as one of four photographic eyes. During his presence in Moscow for ten days, he captured what was going on around the biennial, in VDNKh (the exhibition park around the site) and, above all, in Moscow city. His photographs were installed on walls inside Pavilion No.1 where the biennial took place.