The catalogue of the 17th Geneva Biennial, dedicated to artists' film and video, curated by the New York-based collective DIS and Andrea Bellini.
A Goodbye Letter, A Love Call, A Wake-Up Song is the title of the 2021 edition of the Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement (BIM'21), presented at the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève. Curated by the Centre's director Andrea Bellini and the New York-based collective DIS, the unique aspect of this edition was that the works—which, as always, were commissioned and produced by the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève—were presented as site-specific installations in the exhibition space, but also in versions that could be viewed on the computer screen. The atmosphere of BIM'21 expressed a shared urge to imagine worlds that differ from the one we live in, and by a creative refusal of the status quo, including the current economic system.
The catalogue is divided into two volumes, the first gathers textual materials—interviews, excerpts and scripts—to highlight the importance of writing in the recent video production of the artists invited to this Biennial. The second volume collects video stills and installation views that enable readers to ideally retrace the exhibition space of the Centre, which for the occasion was transformed into a curious hotel-like space, with long, dim corridors leading to fourteen different rooms.
Works by Emily Allan & Leah Hennessey, Theo Anthony, Riccardo Benassi, Will Benedict & Steffen Jørgensen, Hannah Black & Juliana Huxtable & And Or Forever, DIS, Giulia Essyad, Simon Fujiwara, GRAU, Mandy Harris Williams, Camille Henrot, Sabrina Röthlisberger Belkacem, Akeem Smith, TELFAR.