It is the largest of regional art projects with international participation running on the territory of the Russian Federation. The Biennial is held every two years at large non-exhibitional spaces of Ekaterinburg and other cities of Sverdlovsk region. The first and the second Biennials took place on the premises of the Uralskiy Rabochiy printing house. The third Biennial was held at the Iset hotel. It was the first time this unique monument of constructivism was exhibited to a wide audience.
The Biennial explores the concept of industry both as heritage and actual practice in the Ural region. Utilizing art as a relevant resource, the Biennial integrates the region into the context of international art scene. Curators, artists, sociologists and cultural theorists from around the world define the Urals in new different ways. Over the course of the Biennial its participants were:
cultural institutions and exhibition spaces
researchers of contemporary culture and history
plants and factories in the city and in the region
The first Biennial studied practices of creative and artistic production in relation to historical memory rooted in industrial sites of Ekaterinburg and Sverdlovsk region.
The second Biennial analyzed art's ability to actively explore and transform the surrounding world.
The third Biennial focused on the concept of mobilization as a driving force in culture, and presented a study of mobilization practices available to art, business and research communities.
Organizer of the Biennial: Ural branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA).