IAB01- Industrial Art Biennale – Labin

place: Labin
Industrial Art Biennale is art festival project of Labin Art Express XXI (L.A.E. XXI), which was held first as a pilot-project in 2014 in Labin, and from 2015 biennially, i.e. every two years, in Labin as well as at some other industrial locations in Istria (Raša, Pula, Rovinj,…).

IAB01 hosts the exhibition Beyond the image at the City Library with the following artists: Marta Alvim(PT) C.B. Aragão(PT) Riccardo Bagnoli(IT) Helenio Barbetta(IT) Ricardo Calero(ES) Silvano Costanzo(IT) Chervin Dalaeli(US) Bruno del Monaco(IT)Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta(PT) Gino Di Paolo(IT) Buby Durini(IT) Alessandro Falco(IT) Marcella Gallotta(IT) Gaia Geraci(IT) Giorgio Liddo(IT) Tania Lopez(UK) Leonel Moura(PT) Ezra Nahmad(IL) Alberto Navarra(IT) Reto Rigassi(CH) Stefano Schirato(IT) Esther Ségal(FR) Peter Uhlmann(CH) Dino Viani(IT) Marilena Vita(IT).

From 2019 it should take place also under the ground, in the former coalmine 160 m below ground level, where L.A.E. XXI is developing its fundamental project Underground City XXI (www.undergroundcityxxi.com) whose construction is planned to start in 2016.

Industrial topography of the wider Labin area, the shipyard in Pula, the future in situ “Museum of Mining and Industry of Istria” in the former Raša (Arsia) coalmine, and many other industrial sites in Istria, together with the complex economic and socio-politic background of the regional cultural heritage closely linked to its industrial development - entails a need for the cultural event related to the broader concept of “industrial” in all art disciplines (music, visual, new media, performing arts,..).

At the Biennale would be in various forms exhibited, performed, presented and explored the ambiguity meaning of art & industry coupling, as well as the context of the interconnection between art, science and technology. Considering this type of manifestation to be unique in Croatia and the wider Central European region, it would upgrade the current local and regional cultural tourism offer, in the same time representing an important contribution to the strengthening of identity of Istria by improving visibility of its industrial heritage as very significant in the European framework.

(Source: IAB)