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The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center has announced the return of the Atlanta Biennial, which has been on hiatus since 2007. “After a nine-year slumber,” says Daniel Fuller, curator at Atlanta Contemporary, “it is a pleasure to bring the Atlanta Biennial back to light . . . this exhibition allows us to go back to our institution’s roots, while thinking about art from the South in a fresh way. This Biennial is an invitation to engage voices of the South; it is a platform to gather upon.”

This 2016 edition will bring new voices from 10 different states within the Southeast. The first Atlanta Biennial took place in 1984 as a reaction to the Whitney Museum’s biennial survey of influential American contemporary art, which showcased no Southern artists. Alan Sondheim, the curator of Atlanta’s Nexus Contemporary at the time, created the Atlanta Biennial as a platform for Southern contemporary art. Between 1984 and 2007 the Atlanta Biennial showcased hundreds of artists from Atlanta and across the Southeast, including: Tom Ferguson, EK Huckaby, Elizabeth Lide, Susan Loftin, Philip Carpenter, Genevieve Arnold, Mario Petrirena, Constance Thalken, Julia Fenton, Joe Peragine and William Downs.

The 2016 Atlanta Biennial will be curated by Victoria Camblin, ART PAPERS’ editor and artistic director; Daniel Fuller, Atlanta Contemporary curator; Aaron Levi Garvey, independent curator and co-founder of Jacksonville’s Long Road Projects; and Gia Hamilton, director of the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. The full list of the 33 participants of this year’s Biennial is as follows:


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Established 2011
Savannah, GA

Katrina Andry
Born New Orleans, LA
Lives New Orleans, LA

Jason Benson
Born Baltimore, MD
Lives Atlanta, GA

Guy Church
Born Madison, WI
Lives Memphis, TN

Tommy Coleman
Born Long Island, NY
Lives Jupiter, FL

Stephen Collier
Born Biloxi, MS
Lives New Orleans, LA

Established Atlanta, GA

Darius Hill
Born Birmingham, AL
Lives Birmingham, AL

Established Atlanta, GA

Skylar Fein
Born New York, NY
Lives New Orleans, LA

Ke Francis
Born Memphis, TN
Lives Tupelo, MS

Coulter Fussell
Born Columbus, GA
Lives Water Valley, MS

Coco Fusco
Born New York, NY
Lives Gainesville, FL

Adler Guerrier
Born Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Lives Miami, FL

Virginia Griswold
Born Petersburg, VA
Lives Nashville, TN

Ridley Howard
Born Atlanta, GA
Lives Athens, GA

Horton Humble
Born New Orleans, LA
Lives New Orleans, LA

Harmony Korine
Born Nashville, TN
Lives Nashville, TN

Phillip Andrew Lewis
Born Memphis, TN
Lives Chattanooga, TN

Kalup Linzy
Born Clermont, FL
Lives Tampa, FL

Abigail Lucien
Born Cap-Haitien, Haiti
Lives Knoxville, TN

Jillian Mayer
Born Miami, FL
Lives Miami, FL

Erin Jane Nelson
Born Atlanta, GA
Lives Atlanta, GA

Daniel Newman
Born Jacksonville, FL
Lives Jacksonville, FL

Sharon Norwood
Born Kingston, Jamaica
Lives St. Petersburg, FL

Gina Phillips
Born Richmond, KY
Lives New Orleans, LA

Mary Proctor
Born Monticello, FL
Lives Gainesville, FL

Zack Rafuls
Born Miami, FL
Lives Nashville, TN

Andrew Scott Ross
Born Manhasset, NY
Lives Johnson City, TN

Southern Foodways Alliance
Founded Oxford, MS

Stacy Lynn Waddell
Born Washington, DC
Lives Chapel Hill, NC

Christina West
Born Perry, MI
Lives Atlanta, GA

Cosmo Whyte
Born St. Andrew, Jamaica
Lives Atlanta, GA

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