Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost

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Last year CAFKA made the difficult decision to postpone the June 2020 biennial to 2021. In line with public health directives, the CAFKA.21 biennial, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, will bring art to public spaces across Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge during the months of June, July, and August. The biennial will open the doors to the city, welcoming everyone to safely enjoy one of the largest free festivals of contemporary art in the region. This edition of the biennial addresses some of the pressing questions of our times and shows how we can creatively overcome the challenges brought about by the global pandemic. Artists, organizers, supporters, and sponsors have worked tirelessly to provide the public with new and creative experiences beyond the confines of our screens in a safe, socially distanced manner. CAFKA’s mandate is to bring thought-provoking art to the spaces people frequent in the region, and this year is no different. The biennial program will map the places where we can connect with art: outdoors, in parks, along urban walkways, and on public transit lines, among others.

CAFKA.21’s theme, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, is an invitation to reflect on our everyday practices, our values, and our hopes, particularly as we navigate a global pandemic and rethink our place in the world and in our communities. The theme also asks us to reflect on the things that could and perhaps should be left behind. In response to our current pandemic reality, we invite the public to live in the moment and to treasure the memories we make as we move through extraordinary times. Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost will feature projects that include performance, sculpture, interactive media, and film.