Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2017 to open in September

The Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2017 will seek to stimulate public discourse on a subject of contemporary social and political significance: that of the secular. What role should secularity have in society today? Based on the principle of a separation of religious belief and non-belief from the state, contemporary Western liberal secularity strives to create the conditions that produce and protect four civic cornerstones: political and social equality, minority rights, religious freedom, and the legal separation of private and public domains. Secularity, not to be confused with atheism, has played an essential role in society, creating the conditions for regulating complex and often divisive areas of transaction, including abortion rights, sexual freedoms, same-sex marriage, freedom of belief, social equality and freedom of expression.

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