The second Coventry Biennial will unfold across the city.
The biennial’s title this year is The Twin and it comprises a series of exhibitions, events and activities about relationships.
Coventry and Volgograd, Russia, were the first modern twin cities in the world and this year marks the 75th anniversary of that historic bond of friendship. Coventry now has 26 twins around the world and is known as a city that welcomes migrants and refugees.
The artists and groups exhibiting in The Twin all explore themes, ideas and processes which resonate through this international city, including translation, collaboration and togetherness while also exploring some of the difficulties presented by globalisation, political inequality and conflict.
Artists presenting work at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum include: James Bridle, Lorsen Camps, David Cheeseman, Anna Columbine, Stephen Cornford, Maud Cotter, Katrina Cowling, Paul Crook, Anne Forgan, Dylan Fox, Mona Hatoum, Andrew Jackson, Ioana Marinescu, Adele Mary Reed, Lorna Mills, Alexandra Müller, Mathew Parkin, Parmar & Piper, Matthew Picton, Duncan Poulton, Lis Rhodes, Rafaël Rozendaal, Richard Scott, Mhairi Vari, and Grace A Williams.
Embedded in the wider Coventry Biennial 2019 programme are opportunities to speak to or eat with the artists, to learn a new skill, to warm yourself by a fire, to dance through the night or to ease yourself into the day with a yoga session. It is this spirit of care and friendship which marks this as the UK’s social biennial.