The Bombay Beach Biennale is a renegade public arts celebration of fine arts, performance, music, and philosophy that takes place on the literal edge of western civilization, at the shores of the Salton Sea. Each winter, the Biennale transforms abandoned housing, vacant lots, and decaying shoreline into a unique canvas for creative expression and critical thought.
The Official Biennale Season begins January 1st of each year, and concludes in a celebratory weekend, the dates of which are spread only by word-of-mouth.
While the Bombay Beach Biennale has been described as a "festival," a "gathering," an "event," a "season," a "happening," a "movement," etc, the Bombay Beach Biennale can also be described as:
A Social Sculpture
A Site for Radical Reimaginings
A Petri-dish for Politics and Play
A Toxic Wasteland that we are [trying to] terraform to build the Queer future of our dreams.
Our language isn't perfect, but you get the gist.
"Last Splash" by Boris Chouvellon (2019)
Photo by Scott Passfield (2022)