With the upcoming opening of Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg, Russia, it has become vital to (re)investigate what roles and responsibilities large international exhibitions such as these have, within but also beyond the cultural field. What position can or should an organizer take against local democratic restraints, even censorship? Can one retain a critical position within these restraints or is any form of dialogue a priori meaningless when it is put under pressure by political and religious ideology? Looking at these questions from different perspectives, the symposium Under Pressure – Response and Responsibility of a Biennale aims to examine what lessons can be learned from recent events and discussions and how we can envision the future of exhibiting art in a globalized world.


  • Hedwig Fijen, director Manifesta
  • Ahmet Öğüt, visual artist and participant of the former Istanbul and Sydney Biennales
  • Vesna Madzoski, researcher, curator, and author of De Cvratoribvs. The Dialectics of Care and Confinement

After the different individual presentations, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Saskia van Stein, as well as an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

Entrance: € 10, online pre-sale € 7,50.
Free of charge for Platform BK members

For more information, please visit: http://www.platformbk.nl/


Under Pressure – Response and Responsibility of a Biennale is kindly supported by the Mondriaan Fund and the members of Platform Beeldende Kunst.