Photo Gallery: “Why Not Ask Again: Arguments, Counter-arguments, and Stories”, Shanghai Biennale 2016

Art Radar features an exclusive photo gallery of some of the highlights of the 11th edition of the Shanghai Biennale, closing on 12 March 2016.

The Shanghai Biennale’s theme is inspired by biennale curators Raqs Media Collective’s reading of the Indian New Cinema movement pioneer Ritwik Ghatak’s 19074 film Jukti, Takko Ar Gappo (Maneuvers, Disputations and Stories). The artist as a protagonist in the Biennale is like “a figure in a fable who transforms the telling of the story he is in by presenting riddles and engines, by asking necessary, difficult and engaging questions”.

The Shanghai Power Station of Art. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

The Shanghai Power Station of Art. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

The 11th Shanghai Biennale's curatorial team at Shanghai Power Station of Art, 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

The 11th Shanghai Biennale’s curatorial team at Shanghai Power Station of Art, 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

The Shanghai Power Station of Art during Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

The Shanghai Power Station of Art during Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Zhengbo, 'Sing for Her', 2013-2016, interactive installation on the public square of Shanghai Power Station of Art, for Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Zhengbo, ‘Sing for Her’, 2013-2016, interactive installation on the public square of Shanghai Power Station of Art, for Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Vishal K Dar., 'Maruts — Storm Deities', 2016, site-specific installation with beam lights and reflection pool inside Shanghai Power Station of Art's chimney, for Shanghai Biennale 2016. New Commission. Presented by the Gujral Foundation, Delhi. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Vishal K Dar., ‘Maruts — Storm Deities’, 2016, site-specific installation with beam lights and reflection pool inside Shanghai Power Station of Art’s chimney, for Shanghai Biennale 2016. New Commission. Presented by the Gujral Foundation, Delhi. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Yang Zhenzhong, 'Disguise', 2015, five-screen video installation. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Yang Zhenzhong, ‘Disguise’, 2015, five-screen video installation. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Yin Yi, 'Ocean Wave', 2016, 49 fans in a 7 x 7 matrix. New iteration. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Yin Yi, ‘Ocean Wave’, 2016, 49 fans in a 7 x 7 matrix. New iteration. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Vinu V.V., 'Noon Rest'. 2014, tree trunk and sickles. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Vinu V.V., ‘Noon Rest’. 2014, tree trunk and sickles. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Tao Hui, 'Talk About Body', 2013, video. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Tao Hui, ‘Talk About Body’, 2013, video. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Surabhi Sharma and Tejaswini Niranjana, 'Riyaaz', 2016, five-screen video installation. Premiere. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Surabhi Sharma and Tejaswini Niranjana, ‘Riyaaz’, 2016, five-screen video installation. Premiere. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Anawana Haloba, 'A Dragon King in Sleepy Pride Rock', 2016, video animation. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Anawana Haloba, ‘A Dragon King in Sleepy Pride Rock’, 2016, video animation. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Jagdeep Raina, 'Reverberation Coils', 2015–2016, mixed media on paper. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Bienanle 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Jagdeep Raina, ‘Reverberation Coils’, 2015–2016, mixed media on paper. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Lantian Xie, 'The Sidewinder', 2016, site-specific installation with Volkswagen car, audio system, and LIFE magazine. (New Commission). Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Lantian Xie, ‘The Sidewinder’, 2016, site-specific installation with Volkswagen car, audio system, and LIFE magazine. New Commission. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Liao Fei, 'Event', 2015, marble, steel plate, lamp bulb, robot arm. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Liao Fei, ‘Event’, 2015, marble, steel plate, lamp bulb, robot arm. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

SUPERFLEX, 'Exchange of Pigs and Bits', 2016, video, pillows, carpet. New Commission. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

SUPERFLEX, ‘Exchange of Pigs and Bits’, 2016, video, pillows, carpet. New Commission. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Azadeh Akhlaghi, 'By An Eyewitness', 2012, digital prints. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Azadeh Akhlaghi, ‘By an Eyewitness’, 2012, digital prints. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Cell Art Group, 'As Long As You Work Hard', 2013, tools, steel wall, video. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Cell Art Group, ‘As Long As You Work Hard’, 2013, tools, steel wall, video. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Lin Ke, 'Star Travel', 2013, performance video. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Lin Ke, ‘Star Travel’, 2013, performance video. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Yazan Khalili, 'Robbery in Area A', 2013/2016, installation with two carousel projectors and one video projector. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Yazan Khalili, ‘Robbery in Area A’, 2013/2016, installation with two carousel projectors and one video projector. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Sabih Ahmed With the late Ha Bik Chuen (1925–2009), 'Striated Light', Ha Bik Chuen, 'The Ha Bik Chuen Archive', contact sheets (1960–2009), 2016. New Commission. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Sabih Ahmed With the late Ha Bik Chuen (1925–2009), ‘Striated Light’, Ha Bik Chuen, ‘The Ha Bik Chuen Archive’, contact sheets (1960–2009), 2016. New Commission. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Phuong Linh Nguyen, 'Sanctified Clouds', 2015, 140 digital prints on porcelain. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Phuong Linh Nguyen, ‘Sanctified Clouds’, 2015, 140 digital prints on porcelain. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Patty Chang, 'The Wandering Lake', 2009–ongoing, card-board installation with photographs and projections. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Patty Chang, ‘The Wandering Lake’, 2009–ongoing, card-board installation with photographs and projections. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

MouSen+MSG, 'The Great Chain of Being — Planet Trilogy', 2016, experimental theatre space, videos, sound, objects and bees. New Commission. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

MouSen+MSG, ‘The Great Chain of Being — Planet Trilogy’, 2016, experimental theatre space, videos, sound, objects and bees. New Commission. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

MouSen+MSG, 'The Great Chain of Being — Planet Trilogy', 2016, experimental theatre space, videos, sound, objects and bees. New Commission. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

MouSen+MSG, ‘The Great Chain of Being — Planet Trilogy’, 2016, experimental theatre space, videos, sound, objects and bees. New Commission. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Liu Wei, 'Panorama', 2016, mixed media. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Liu Wei, ‘Panorama’, 2016, mixed media. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Georges Adéagbo, '"The revolution and the revolutions"...!, 2016, objects, artifacts, texts, paintings, magazines. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Georges Adéagbo, ‘”The revolution and the revolutions”…!, 2016, objects, artifacts, texts, paintings, magazines. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Wang Haichuan, 'Seven Days', 2013, installation. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Wang Haichuan, ‘Seven Days’, 2013, installation. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Zheng Chongbin, 'Wall of Skies', 2016, ink, paper, metal, light. New iteration. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

Zheng Chongbin, ‘Wall of Skies’, 2016, ink, paper, metal, light. New iteration. Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai Biennale 2016. Image courtesy Power Station of Art.

 

The 11th Shanghai Biennale “Why Not Ask Again: Arguments, Counter-arguments, and Stories” runs from 24 November 2016 to 12 March 2017 at the Shanghai Power Station of Art.

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