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2nd Johannesburg Biennale
12 October - 12 December 1997


2nd Johannesburg Biennale

2nd Johannesburg Biennale



Main theme:
Trade Routes: History and Geography

More about: Okwui Enwezor - interview

Exhibitions and curators:

Alternating Currents
Okwui Enwezor and Octavio Zaya

Colin Richards

Life's Little Necessities
Kellie Jones

Important and Exportant
Gerardo Mosquera

Yu Yeon Kim

Hong Kong, etc.
Hou Hanru - see the interview


Towards the Definition of Culture in the Late 20th Century

13 - 15 October 1997, SAB Centenary Centre, Johannesburg
17 - 18 October 1997, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town

Conceived and organized by Dr. Olu Oguibe
Documentation on his website.


Closure ahead of time

Originally, the Biennale was planned until January 18, 1998, but it was closed a month before. As stated in a notice in artnet.com from December 16, 1997, it had to do with financial difficulties faced by the city of Johannesburg, responsible for the greatest part of the budget.



12 October -
12 December 1997

Artistic director:
Okwui Enwezor

Interviews, 5 July 1997:

>> Okwui Enwezor

>> Hou Hanru