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Berlin Heist — or the enduring fascination with walled cities   

Curators: Shaheen Merali and Kerimcan Güleryüz Curatorial assistance: Marta San Gregorio and Malgosia Wosinska Artists: Artists Anonymous, Kader Attia, Marc Bijl, Thorsten Brinkmann, Nezaket Ekici, Azin Feizabadi, Thomas Florschuetz, Simon Fujiwara, Carla Guagliardi, Johannes Kahrs, Jonathan Meese, Leila Pazooki, Julian Rosefeldt, Enis Rotthoff, Esra Rotthoff, Christoph Schlingensief, Iris Schomaker, Lars Teichmann, Mathilde ter Heijne, Ming Wong, Michael Wutz, Thomas Zipp Venue: National Museum and the Raczynski Library

Shifting Africa   

Curator: Harro Schmidt Co-curators: Raphael Chikukwa, National Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe / Serge Olivier Fokoua, RAVY-Festival Yaounde, Kamerun / Martin Baasch, Lagos Live Festival, Nigeria / Jelili O. Atiku, AFiRIperFOMA Festival Harare, Zimbabwe Artists: Jude Anogwih / Nigeria, Jelili Atiku / Nigeria, Edson Chagas / Angola, Virginia Chihota / Zimbabwe, Jim Chuchu / Kenya, Julie Djikey / DR Congo, Em`kal Eyongakpa / Cameroon, Christian Etongo / Cameroon, Serge Olivier Fokoua / Cameroon, Sam Hopkins / Kenya, Hervé Yamguen / Cameroon, Portia Zvavahera / Zimbabwe, Rolf Bier / Germany, Wolf Böwig / Germany, Dennis Feser / Germany, Kristian von Hornsleth / Denmark, Norbert Meissner / Germany, Tom Otto / Germany, Peter Puype / Belgium, Claudia Wissmann / Germany Venue: Gallery of Jesuits, ARTykwariat, Bazar Poznanski and public spaces

The Limits of Globalisation/Polish Art Tomorrow    

Curator: Sławomir Sobczak Co-curator: Katarzyna Kucharska Artists: Ewa Axelrad, Michał Bałdyga, Izabela Chamczyk, Elvin Flamingo, Agelika Fojtuch, Nicolas Grospierre, Jakub Jasiukiewicz, Kornel Janczy, Ola Kozioł, Tomasz Kulka, Artur Malewski, Marcin Mierzicki, Liliana Piskorska, Michał Szlaga, Katarzyna Szeszycka, Natalia Wiśniewska, Rafał Czępiński, Urszula Pieregończuk    Venue: ZAMEK Culture Centre

“Post-global Future” conference Convened by Saul Ostrow (MoMA PS1, New York), Peter Funken (Kunstforum), Tomasz Wendland (MONA Inner Spaces, Poznan) 25–27 October    

Venue: Collegium Maius

4th Mediations Biennale titled When Nowhere Becomes Here undertakes a challenge posed nowadays for art by the post-global reality. It aims to go deeper into areas placed between virtual images of our imaginations and making space for possibilities for their observation and analysis.

The three exhibitions in the main programme: Berlin Heist, Shifting Africa and The Limits of Globalisation, and a number of events in the accompanying programme of this year’s Mediations Biennale are not linked with each other apart from their location in Poznan. Multiculturalism, diversity, and even the variety of attitudes are a symptom of postglobal order. The simultaneity of everything decentralizes idea of value. At the same time, in 14 locations in the world there are exhibitions happening under a common umbrella term of post-global mediations. Each of those distant places for its residents is “here,” and for the stranger “nowhere.” Mediations Biennale is both an initiator and a participant in a dialogue. Towards the end of the 4th Mediations Biennale, during an international conference titled “Post-global Future” (25–27 October), all of our partners shall present different perspectives of upcoming, post-global future. In the spaces created by the curators of 4th Mediations Biennale’s exhibitions, all “nowheres” shall meet. The art will disclose a series of new artistic strategies; used as individual research tools by nomadic artists, who draw their inspirations from both local and global experiences.

During the 4th Mediations Biennale in Poznan, we shall meet—here so that from various autonomous perspectives we could look into the panopticon of contemporary reality and future of post-global world.

Tomasz Wendland Artist, initiator and art director of Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland