2020.05.08 16:28

Canadian curator appointed to take charge of Kaunas Biennial 2020.05.08 16:28

Kaunas Biennial, a contemporary art event in Lithuania’s second-biggest city, has appointed the Canadian curator Josée Drouin-Brisebois to curate next year's show.

The 13th edition of the festival will run between November 5, 2021, and January 30, 2022, to coincide with Kaunas the European Capital of Culture 2022 events, the organisers said in a press release.

Drouin-Brisebois is the senior curator of contemporary art at the National Gallery of Canada.

“My aspiration for Kaunas Biennial is to create meaningful encounters for visitors by presenting works of art that speak about humanity at this specific moment in time,” she is quoted in the statement. “I want to provide opportunities for visitors to explore new spaces in Kaunas that are rife with their own histories.”

Each edition of Kaunas Biennial is “created from scratch,” according to the event’s director Kotryna Žemaitytė, which means involving new curators and artists.

“The 13th Kaunas Biennial, under the curatorship of Josée Drouin-Brisebois, will embrace this purpose, bringing together Lithuanian and international artists to explore the theme of humanity as widely as possible,” she is quoted in the press release.

Drouin-Brisebois has been involved with Canada’s participation in Venice Biennale for the last decade. Since 2016, she has been chairing the jury for the Sobey Art Award, a pre-eminent prize for contemporary Canadian art.