Trade Routes: History & Geography is a catalogue of artworks from the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale exhibition, which opened on 10 October 1997. Speaking on the general concept of the biennale, artistic director Okwui Enwezor explains: “Trade Routes: History and Geography, aims to examine this history of globalisation by, exploring how economic imperatives of the last five hundred years have produced resilient cultural fusions and disjunctions. The Biennale directs its attention towards the production of meaning by looking to the social, political, and cultural procedures in operation today, in a highly globalised and technologised period of the twentieth century”
Worlds of Art Magazine reported that despite international interest, the second edition was closed a month ahead of the planned schedule, with "financial problems of the city of Johannesburg" cited as the official reason. Since then, no further Johannesburg Biennales have taken place and the organizing institution, the Africus Institute for Contemporary Art (AICA), was dissolved.
height 30cm | width 22.9cm | 412 pages | softcover
Curator, art critic, editor and writer Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019) was born in Calabar, Nigeria. In 1994, Enwezor launched Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art, together with Chika Okeke-Agulu and Salah Hassan. From 2011 to 2018 he served as Director at Haus der Kunst, Munich. Enwezor was the artistic director of the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale in 1997.