Ugo Schiavi, “Grafted Memory System”, 2022
Ugo Schiavi, “Grafted Memory System”, 2022 Image Credit: Instagram @artdubai

As one of the major highlights of the global calendar of contemporary art, the Lyon Biennale is finally back in full force after pandemic-related public-health delays put things on hold for a while.

Since 1991 the Lyon Biennale in France has been vying for art fans’ attention together with the Venice Biennale, especially when it comes to the younger generation of art lovers which account for half of the visitors to the event - three years ago the 2019 edition attracted some 280,000 visitors to this vanguard of contemporary art.

Chafa Ghaddar, “Traces of Wetness”, 2022.
Chafa Ghaddar, “Traces of Wetness”, 2022. Image Credit: Instagram @artdubai

Now for the 2022 edition of the Lyon Biennale the focus is on the rich interpretation of art in the seemingly untethered connection of our social concerns such as politics and economics.

The curators of the 2022 Lyon Biennale are Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, who are also curating Art Dubai next year. They have conceived a ‘manifesto of fragility’, positioning "fragility at the heart of a generative form of resistance that is emboldened by the past, responsive to the present, and primed for the future.”

Eva Fibergas, “Pumping”, 2019.
Eva Fibergas, “Pumping”, 2019. Image Credit: Instagram @artdubai

The event is spread across 12 venues in Lyon, running until December 21 after more than two years of preparation which includes some 40 partner institutions at home and abroad.

According to the curators Bardaouil and Fellrath, “Fragility is also formally and conceptually at the heart of artistic creation and is the thread connecting all exhibitions and participating artists. As a gathering of all participants, creators, and visitors alike, the Biennale aims for a collective Manifesto that positions fragility as a generative form of resistance, which allows us to reimagine our future”.

Klára Hosnedlová, “Untitled”, 2022
Klára Hosnedlová, “Untitled”, 2022 Image Credit: Instagram @artdubai