• Saturday 4 September–Saturday 4 September
  • 11.00 – 16.00
  • Swedish and English
  • Röda Sten Konsthall

Opening – The Ghost Ship and the Sea Change

Join us on September 4 for the opening of the eleventh edition of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art! 

The biennial, entitled The Ghost Ship and the Sea Change is hosted by Konsthallen Blå Stället, Göteborgs Konsthall, Franska Tomten, Museum of World Culture, the Garden Society of Gothenburg, Röda Sten Konsthall, in public space and online/offsite.

The opening of the biennial at all its venues is marked by a ceremony and a series of conversations with artists at Röda Sten Konsthall in Gothenburg on September 4.



12.00-13.00 Opening speaches at Röda Sten Konsthall. The biennial will be inaugurated by Anna Rosengren, director of Cultural Affairs Administration, City of Gothenburg, and Katti Hoflin, Director of Cultural Affairs Region of West Sweden.

14.00-14.45 Artists Salad Hilowle, Oscar Lara, Conny Karlsson Lundgren and Damla Kilickiran in conversation with curator Lisa Rosendahl, on the new works they are presenting new works in public space, at The Museum of World Culture, Göteborgs konsthall and Röda Sten Konsthall. In English. Audience limit: 40

15.00-15.45 Listening to Gothenburg: Artists Meira Ahmemulic, HAMN (Malin Holgersson and Nasim Aghili), Pia Sandström and Lisa Torell in conversation with curator Lisa Rosendahl. The conversation starts from the site-specific soundworks the artists present in premiere in this edition of the biennial. In Swedish. Audience limit: 40

The artworks by Pia Sandström and Lisa Torell have been commissioned by the biennial in collaboration with the City of Gothenburg – the Traffic and Public Transport Authority and the Cultural Affairs Administration, Göteborg Konst – within the frame of the West Link Project.

Online screening
: More Bacteria Than I by Unni Gjertsen, Our Trip to France (Mont des Tantes) by Conny Karlsson Lundgren,
RESET by Alberta Whittle,  and are available at  on September 4 and September 5. 

Opening hours September 4

Konsthallen Blå Stället: 12–17
Göteborgs Konsthall: 11–17
Museum of World Culture: 11–17
Röda Sten Konsthall: 11–18 

About the biennial edition in 2021

Titled The Ghost Ship and the Sea Changethis edition of the biennial is curated by Lisa Rosendahl. The first part of the biennial opened in June 2021 at Röda Sten Konsthall and Franska Tomten to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city of Gothenburg. For the September opening, these initial installations are transformed through the addition of several more artworks, and four further exhibition sites in the city are added. 

Participating artists: Meira Ahmemulic, Henrik Andersson, Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, Michael Baers, Gaëlle Choisne, Benjamin Gerdes, Cecilia Germain, Unni Gjertsen, Ayesha Hameed, HAMN (Nasim Aghili & Malin Holgersson), Salad Hilowle, Evan Ifekoya & Ajamu X, Damla Kilickiran, Susanne Kriemann, Conny Karlsson Lundgren, Oscar Lara, Marysia Lewandowska, Erika Arzt & Juan Linares, Anna Ling, Jonas (J) Magnusson & Cecilia Grönberg, Ibrahim Mahama, Fatima Moallim, Silvano Lora, Hira Nabi, Pedro Neves Marques, Daniela Ortiz, M. NourbeSe Philip, Manuel Pelmus, Tabita Rezaire, Pia Sandström, Shanzhai Lyric & Solveig Qu Suess, The Situationist International, Lisa Tan, Lisa Torell, Jessica Warboys, Alberta Whittle.

Documentation of artistic proposals for possible monuments by Hanan Benammar, Aria Dean, Ayesha Hameed, Runo Lagomarsino, Fatima Moallim, Daniela Ortiz, and Jimmy Robert.

Exhibition architecture by Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik.