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Works of three Concordia alumni on display at the Whitney Biennial

Lotus Kang, Suzanne Kite and Alisi Telengut are among the 71 participating artists
February 2, 2024

The Whitney Museum of American Art has unveiled its lineup for the highly anticipated Whitney Biennial 2024: Even Better Than the Real Thing, opening on March 20th.

Three accomplished Concordia alumni are among the 71 artists featured in the 81st edition: Lotus L. Kang, BFA 08; Suzanne Kite, PhD 23; Alisi Telengut, BFA 13, MFA 16, and assistant professor in the Film Animation program at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema.

“I am very honored to be included amongst the 2024 Whitney Biennial cohort, and especially honored to be curated by asinnajaq. My film Pahá kiŋ lená wakháŋ, 2017, is deeply personal, weaving the timelines of my life and my mother and grandmother's lives within the infinitely broadening timelines of history, quantum physics, and techniques of magic and manipulation ”, says Kite.

As for Alisi Telengut, she will be presenting Baigal Nuur-Lake Baikal, a short animated film created by hand with mixed media, re-imagines the formation of Lake Baikal in Siberia, the world's oldest and deepest fresh water lake. “It features the voice of an Indigenous woman from this region who can still recall some words in her endangered language, Buryat (a Mongolian dialect)”, adds Telengut.

Participating artists and collectives have been invited to interpret our current landscape and engage in meaningful discussions across various media and disciplines.

“We have built a thematic Biennial that focuses on the ideas of “the real,” the curators state on the exhibition’s website.

“Society is at an inflection point around this notion, in part brought on by artificial intelligence challenging what we consider to be real, as well as critical discussions about identity.”

Participating artists, including the three Concordia alumni, will delve into themes such as the fluidity of identity, historical and current land stewardship, and concepts of embodiment.

Members will enjoy exclusive previews from March 14 to 18, with the grand opening scheduled for March 20.

Discover more on the Whitney Biennial 2024.

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