Bienal de São Paulo 33 Announces Full Events Line-Up

Bienal de São Paulo

The Bienal de São Paulo have announced the full 81 projects and more than 100 participants, totalling around 250 artworks for the 2018 edition. Opening on 6 September 2014 (Preview: 1-5 September), the 31st, the focus of the 31st Bienal will be on contemporary conditions and how art projects can engage with and activate histories, individuals and communities today. The Bienal was shaped by a series of talks in different open meetings organized by the curatorial team across Brazil and other cities in Latin America and the world.

Bienal de São Paulo is curated by Charles Esche, Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente and Oren Sagiv with associate curators Benjamin Seroussi and Luiza Proença. The title – “How to (…) things that don’t exist” is a poetic invocation of art’s capacities and its ability to reflect and act upon life, power and belief. The sentence has a variable formula in which the verbs constantly change, anticipating the actions that might make present in contemporary life the things that don’t exist, are not recognized, or have not yet been invented.

The use of the word ‘project’ is intended to create a distance from the traditional idea of an autonomous artwork made in a studio by an artist. By using this word, it is possible to introduce a broader range of contemporary cultural practices and include people working in other disciplines, such as educators, sociologists, architects, performers. The term also serves to encourage collaboration and trans-disciplinary ways of working amongst the Bienal participants. Each project is an independent contribution, but may consist of many artworks by individual or collective authorship. More than half the projects have been made specifically for this Bienal, many by international artists who have produced work in response to a residency in the city and the opportunity to travel further in Brazil.

Waltercio Caldas, Rodtchenko, 2004. Photo: Vicente de Mello
Waltercio Caldas, Rodtchenko, 2004. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Seven group shows curated by selected artists will be exhibited alongside twelve individual projects selected by chief curator Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro (previously announced), composing a model that gives voice to the artists and values their interpretations over their own production contexts.

Appointed by the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo as curator of the 33r​d Bienal de São Paulo ​– Affective Affinities after his proposal of organising the event through an alternative ‘operating system’, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro has conceived a Bienal that values the artists’ gaze on their own creative contexts and avoids a large thematic exhibition in favour of multiple curatorial experiences. As well the twelve individual projects previously announced, this edition includes group shows organised by seven artist-curators: ​Alejandro Cesarco (Uruguay/USA, 1975), Antonio Ballester Moreno (Spain, 1977), Claudia Fontes (Argentina/UK, 1964), Mamma Andersson (Sweden, 1962), Sofia Borges (Brazil, 1984), Waltercio Caldas (Brazil, 1946) and Wura-Natasha Ogunji (USA/Nigeria, 1970).

Agnieszka Piksa • It’s Just the Spin of Inner Life
Alejandra Riera and UEINZZ • “… – MUTE – OHPERA – … ”
Ana Lira • Vote!
Anna Boghiguian • Cities by the River
Archivo F.X. / Pedro G. Romero • The Modern School
Armando Queiroz with Almires Martins and Marcelo Rodrigues • Ymá Nhandehetama
Arthur Scovino • House of Caboclo
Asger Jorn • 10,000 Years of Nordic Folk Art
Asier Mendizabal • Agoramaquia (The Exact Case of the Statue)
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme • The Incidental Insurgents
Bik Van der Pol • Turning a Blind Eye
Bruno Pacheco • Meeting Point and other works
Chto Delat • The Excluded. In a moment of danger
Clara Ianni and Débora Maria da Silva • Plea
Dan Perjovschi • Wall, Work, Workshop. The São Paulo Drawing
Danica Dakić • Heaven / El Dorado / Vila Maria
Éder Oliveira • Untitled
Edward Krasiński • Spear and other works
El Hadji Sy • Marine Archaeology
Erick Beltrán • Double Goer
Etcétera… and León Ferrari • Erring from God
Gabriel Mascaro • It Is Not About Shoes
Giuseppe Campuzano • Life’s Timeline / Transvestite Museum of Peru
Graziela Kunsch • Fare Free Bus • with Lilian L’Abbate Kelian Urbânia 5 Magazine
Gülsün Karamustafa • Illustrated History / The Settler
Halil Altındere • Wonderland
Hudinilson Jr. • Tension Zone
Imogen Stidworthy • Balayer – A Map of Sweeping
Ines Doujak and John Barker • Loomshuttles, Warpaths
Jakob Jakobsen and María Berríos • The Revolution Must Be a School of Unfettered Thought
Jo Baer • In the Land of the Giants and other works
Johanna Calle • Imponderables / Perimeters
Jonas Staal • Nosso Lar, Brasília
Juan Carlos Romero • Violence
Juan Downey • The Abandoned Shabono / Video Trans Americas
Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa • Dead Letter
Kasper Akhøj and Tamar Guimarães • Captain Gervásio’s Family
Lázaro Saavedra • Under Pressure
Leigh Orpaz • Breakfast
Lia Perjovschi • A Research
Mapa Teatro – Laboratorio de artistas • The Uncounted: A Triptych
Mark Lewis • Invention
Marta Neves • No-Ideas
Michael Kessus Gedalyovich • The Name Giver / The Placebo Scroll
Mujeres Creando • Space to Abort
Nahum Zenil / Ocaña / Sergio Zevallos / Yeguas del Apocalipsis (Organized by Miguel A. López) • God is Queer
Nilbar Güreş • Open Phone Booth / Black Series / TrabZONE and other works
Nurit Sharett • Counting the Stars
Otobong Nkanga • Landversation
Prabhakar Pachpute • Dark Clouds of the Future
Qiu Zhijie • Map
Romy Pocztaruk • The Last Adventure
ruangrupa • RURU
Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti and Grupo Contrafilé • Mujawara
Sheela Gowda • Those of Whom
Teatro da Vertigem • The Last Word Is the Penultimate One – 2
Teresa Lanceta • Bert Flint / Granada / Handira
Thiago Martins de Melo • Martyrdom
Tiago Borges and Yonamine • AfroUFO
Tony Chakar • One Hundred Thousand Solitudes / Of Other Worlds That Are on This One
Val del Omar • Water-Mirror of Granada / Fire in Castile
Virginia de Medeiros • Sergio and Simone
Vivian Suter • Untitled
Voluspa Jarpa • Learning Histories
Walid Raad • Letters to the Reader (1864, 1877, 1916, 1923)
Wilhelm Sasnal • Capital
Yael Bartana • Hell
Yuri Firmeza • The Fortress / Nothing Is
Yochai Avrahami • Small World

The Bienal de São Paulo Opening on 6 September 2014 (Preview: 1-5 September)


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