New curators for Bruges Triennial 2024


After three successful editions, a new team of curators has been selected for the 2024 edition. Shendy Gardin and Sevie Tsampalla will take on the curatorship together.

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"Bruges Triennial’s formula is now a proven success. In combination with our stunning heritage city, contemporary art and architecture cast a fresh light on what Bruges was, is or can be. Meanwhile, the team is already preparing a new challenging and refreshing edition with ambition and enthusiasm."
Dirk De fauw, Mayor of Bruges
"By choosing Shendy Gardin and Sevie Tsampalla, we are opting for continuity in the Bruges Triennial story with a view to further development and internationalisation. Contemporary art and architecture, the core subjects of this triennial, are being retained and expanded. We can already look forward to what Bruges Triennial 2024 will have in store for us."
Franky Demon, Chair, Brugge Plus

Shendy Gardin, who has a particular interest in representations of architecture and their relationship to the contemporary historical city and Sevie Tsampalla, who focuses on the interfaces between contemporary art and the urban space, will combine their expertise to bring together a captivating edition.

Shendy Gardin (b. 1987, Bruges, BE) works with and writes about contemporary art and architecture. She is currently co-curator of Bruges Triennial 2024, an international arts and architecture exhibition that places contemporary installations in dialogue with the UNESCO world heritage city. In addition she is a freelance exhibition maker, guest speaker and author, is helping build a new platform around contemporary art and architecture with studio • est, and contributes to the operations of BILDNIS_forum for art. In her practice, Shendy Gardin combines her background in architecture and journalism with an exploration of the representation of architecture and its relation to the contemporary historical city. She also has a specific interest in trajectories that go beyond the built environment; and that when viewed critically throw up questions around transformation on a large or small scale, and in the short or long term.

Sevie Tsampalla (b. 1977, Kos, GR) is an art historian and curator. Her practice focuses on the interfaces between contemporary art and the urban space. She recently completed her PhD at Liverpool John Moores University, in which she explores the interaction between biennials and urban commoning, or collective practices that can (re)shape the city. She has worked for S.M.A.K., Tate Liverpool and the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, among others, and currently lives and works in Brussels.

Did you know that Bruges Triennial was first staged in 1968?

The first edition, at the time known as Triennial for Plastic Art in Belgium, took place in the illustrious year 1968 in the Bruges Stadshallen and featured 86 artists including Marcel Broodthaers, Jef Geys, Panamarenko and Roger Raveel.