Whitstable Biennale 2022

A line of people, dressed in bright white costumes resembling coral or strange sea creatures, walk across a sandy beach on a bright, hazy day. The beach is littered with stones covered in seaweed, and behind the procession is a large sheer cliff of stone.

Jennet Thomas, The Great Curdling, 2022. Photo: Paul Tarragó

Whitstable Biennale will return this year, taking place from Saturday 11 June to Sunday 19 June 2022. 

This year’s festival borrows its title from Mimi Khalvati’s evocative poem, Afterwardness. Through the eyes of ‘an eleven year old boy from Aleppo’ the poem explores loss, trauma and the concept of ‘afterwardness’, a term originally coined by Sigmund Freud to describe the belated understanding of events that comes with the passing of time.

Continuing the festival’s strong tradition of programming some of the most exciting and experimental visual art being made in the UK today, Whitstable Biennale 2022 will weave film, performance and sound into the fabric of the town, and create direct, and often intimate, opportunities for local people and visitors to engage with contemporary art and artists.

Participating artists include: 

Aimée Zito Lema, Alicia Radage, Anna Barham, Anna-Maria Nabirye, Arianne Churchman, Ben Judd, Chromatic Agency (nnull & Sandy Rompotiyoke), Dipesh Pandya, Dzifa Benson, Jade Montserrat, Jennet Thomas, Katrin Albrecht, Lou Lou Sainsbury, Madeleine Ruggi, Mimi Khalvati, Nicole Bachmann, Olivia Furber with Nour Sokhon & Ramzi Maqdisi, Sarah Craske, Savinder Bual, Sonya Dyer, and Webb-Ellis.

This 10th edition marks 20 years since the festival was founded in 2002. Full programme details will be announced in May 2022.

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