Whitstable Biennale 2022 announces the title and theme for its 10th edition

Whitstable Biennale 2022 Afterwardness takes place between Saturday 11 June - Sunday 19 June 2022 and will be presented at locations across Whitstable.

This year’s festival borrows its title from Mimi Khalvati’s evocative poem, Afterwardness. Through the eyes of ‘an eleven year old boy from Aleppo’ the poem explores loss, trauma and the concept of ‘afterwardness’, a term originally coined by Sigmund Freud to describe the belated understanding of events that comes with the passing of time.

Both directly and indirectly, ‘afterwardness’ connects to the themes of this and the last two editions of the festival, touching on ideas connected to global movement, exile, how we find ‘home’ and a way to tell our own story, and on the complex and uncertain place we currently find ourselves in, in the wake of major global events.

Continuing the festival’s strong tradition of programming some of the most exciting and experimental visual art being made in the UK today, Whitstable Biennale 2022 will weave film, performance and sound into the fabric of the town, and create direct, and often intimate, opportunities for local people and visitors to engage with contemporary art and artists.

Participating artists confirmed to date are:

Aimée Zito Lema, Alicia Radage, Anna Barham, Anna-Maria Nabirye, Arianne Churchman, Ben Judd, Dipesh Pandya, Jade Montserrat, Jennet Thomas, Lou Lou Sainsbury, Madeleine Ruggi, Mimi Khalvati, Nicole Bachmann, Chromatic Agency (nnull and Sandy Rompotiyoke), Olivia Furber, Sarah Craske, Savinder Bual, Sonya Dyer, and Webb-Ellis.

This year’s festival is curated by Cement Fields’ Artistic Director Sue Jones, alongside Associate Curators Emma Leach, Jas Dhillon, and Keira Greene, and Poet in Residence Dzifa Benson.

Jennet Thomas, The Great Curdling, 2022. Photo: Paul Tarragó

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