Zac Langdon-Pole
Art Encounters Biennial 2019
Timisoara, Romania
20 September – 27 October 2019

For the third edition of The Art Encounters Biennial in Timișoara, a series of context-sensitive commissions will reflect on contemporary art as a form of understanding which, along with science, politics, literature, and philosophy, helps us tackle the complexity of life today. Curators Maria Lind and Anca Rujoiu will match artworks and practices with situations, locations, and questions, placing them alongside existing works that will be embedded in the landscape and history of Timișoara. Among them a series of thematic architecture walks through the city will take place. The Biennial’s name, Art Encounters, acts as further inspiration for discussion and reflection. Each artwork will be the product of encounters, and aims to find and develop contact and conflict zones with groups and individuals around the art.

Over the course of this edition of the Art Encounters Biennial, different thoughts and ideas will flow through artworks and practices, influencing this part of the project. Similar to the winds in Herta Müller’s novels, which take place in and around Timișoara and have different connotations, the winds of the Biennial will bring various temperatures, atmospheres, and even substances. Winds blow through borders and translations, something well known in Timișoara’s Banat region, including the edges of visibility and invisibility. Another wind drives an attentiveness to craft and the work of the hand. A third wind stimulates independent publishing, personal collections, and forms of self-organisation.