Terrain Exhibitions is proud to present the fifth 2021 Terrain Biennial international public art festival from October 2-November 15, 2021.
Founded in 2011 by artist Sabina Ott, Terrain Exhibitions was created in the spirit of community building through public art at her home in Oak Park. Ott invited over a hundred artists to exhibit site-specific and -responsive artworks in her front lawn. Two years later, Ott created the Terrain Biennial to stage month-long installations, inviting her neighbors and collaborators within her network to host public art at their homes and in their neighborhoods. The Terrain Biennial has produced four editions in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, with each growing from one block in Oak Park to national and international collaborations.
Since 2013, the Terrain Biennial has been a nexus between art practitioners and public audiences from seemingly disparate backgrounds through public art installations. This work has forged connections in substantial and empathetic ways across city borders around the world. This year, the Terrain Biennial aims to find spaces of joy and community essential for collective healing in these times of isolation, public reckonings, and mourning. Sharing much of the same sentiment as yearbook signatures and pen pal letters, this year’s biennial theme is K.I.T. (keep in touch). After more than a year of lockdown, participants are encouraged to consider how their projects serve communities, encourage lived experiences of art, and facilitate deepening friendships and new connections.
The 2021 Terrain Biennial runs from October 2nd – November 15th, 2021 in the Chicagoland area and satellite locations nationally including New York and internationally in India. The 2021 Terrain Biennial will feature over 250 artist projects. Featured artists include Alberto Aguilar, Arindam Manna, Jessica Gaynelle Moss and SHAN Wallace, Rio Chen, Julietta Cheung, Keeley Haftner, D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem, Bad at Sports, Erin Washington, Eseosa Edebiri, Jim Duignan, Judith Brotman, Mark Andreas, Regin Igloria, Peoria Guild of Black Artists PGOBA), Andrew Schachman, Atefeh Farajolahzadeh, Barbara Hashimoto, Bhavani G S, Burton Isenstein, Christian Oiticica, Claire Arctander and Latham Zearfoss, Eric Von Haynes, I Found U Artist Collective, Hui-min Tsen, The Donut Shop + Leighton Greenwood, Jo-Ann Morgan, Kristin McWharter, Liz Nielsen, Madeleine Aguilar, Maggie Wong, Mayumi Lake, Megha Jain, Paige Alice Naylor, Paul Lederer, Robin Dluzen, Romicon Revola, skelly, Sarah Muzammil Aziz, Shan Re, Shruti Dutta, Sonya Bogdanova, Tal Gluck, Tallulah Cartalucca, Jill Bocskay, Tatiana Sky, Titus Wonsey and many more.
Terrain Exhibitions offers an interactive online map on its website to help art lovers explore biennial sites and plan in-person visits. The online map provides details on featured projects, their locations and website information. Visitors can use the map to see what sites are in proximity to one another and plan self-guided walking tours. Alternatively, you can use the map for virtual site visits to the most far-afield installations.
Visit www.terrainexhibitions.org for more information.