Bienal’23 Fotografia do Porto, Portugal. May 18 – July 2, 2023. Porto – Portugal

The third edition of Porto’s photography biennial, entitled ‘Acts of Empathy’, focuses on assessing today’s social, ecological, and economic resources, and re-imagining a regenerative future. Bienal’23 co-artistic directors Jayne Dyer and Virgílio Ferreira invited 70 artists and 14 guest curators in 14 locations in Porto, transforming them into dynamic creative spaces where visitors are invited to participate in artistic ‘Acts of Empathy’.

Bienal’23 explores our ability to feel, collaborate and drive change through artistic acts of connectivity, reparation, and healing via CONECTAR, EXPANDIR, SUSTENTAR, VIVIFICAR (Connect, Expand, Sustain, Vivify), four sections that intersect local and global perspectives. While SUSTENTAR features creative laboratories in Portuguese urban centers that look into urban and regional sustainability issues, VIVIFICAR, through artistic residencies with communities, addresses one of the most pressing issues in low-density territories: the settlement of populations. Because these two sections demand concrete solutions and actions, EXPANDIR brings an experimental dimension by presenting academic and professional socio-ecological initiatives for emerging artists. CONECTAR fosters diverse cultural and artistic ecosystems through the interchange of exhibition projects, ideas, and transdisciplinary practices on a national and worldwide scale.

Bienal’23 features projects that are supported by deliberate artist engagement in community and environmental activities in order to foster reparative acts and empathy for the future.

Artists: Ursula Biemann, Hyeseon Jeong and Seongmin Yuk, Eliana Otta, Faisal Abdu’allah, Sethembile Msezane, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Xaviera Simmons, Helena Uambembe, Mónica de Miranda, Zineb Sedira, Athi-Patra Ruga, Kudnazai Chiurai, Sandim Mendes, Silvia Rosi, Collectif 1200 – Myriam Boulos, Manu Ferneini, Ieva Saudargaite Douaihi, Tarek Haddad, Rima Maroun, Roger Mokbel, Omar Gabriel, Elsie Haddad, Paul Gorra, Betty Ketchedjian, Laura Menassa, Walid Nehme, Mariam Natroshvili, Detu Jincharadze, Adella Perez, Chan-yang Kim, Andrezza Thomas, Dominique Arieu, Emma Pigott, Gareth Davies, Jack Lander, Mohamed Hassan, Tracy Ackerman, Tudor Etchells, Ligia Poplawska, Alice Martins, Teresa Bessa, Dori Nigro, Paulo Pinto, Rita Leite, Yasmine Leal Moradalizadeh, Carolina Tardin, Gonçalo C. Silva, Joana Dionísio, Maria Leonardo Cabrita, Marta Pinto Machado, Matilde Viegas, Uwa Iduozee, Marcelo Moscheta, Jorge Graça, Inês d’Orey, Alexandre Delmar, André Tribbensee, Patrícia Geraldes, João Pedro Fonseca, Violeta Moura, Hasan Daraghmeh, Maria Lusitano, Raquel Schefer, Trond Lossius, Fábio Cunha, José Miguel Pires, Ine Harrang.