The São Paulo Bienal attempts the unknown
Contemporary Art | With a title articulated around vanishing points - « How... things that don’t exist » - the 31st Sao Paulo Biennale opens an intergenerational dialogue between artists on the fleeting present moment, seeing itself as the start of a long process of activism aiming to change values.
The Sao Paulo Biennale is a collective effort conceived by a team of 5 curators, lead by Charles Esche (London), Galit Eilat (Israel), Nuria Enguita Mayo (Spain), Pablo Lafuente (London) and Oren Sagiv (Israel) for the exhibition design, concentrating 81 artists from 34 countries in a single venue - the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion. With around fifteen artists from Western Europe and the United States, the accent is on other zones of influence like Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia. More than a voyage, the exhibition design feels like a call to greater awareness, the fleeting present of a mutating society in continual movement. It explores the transformative space that allows for simple representations of thought to acquire consistency, become the product of an objective reality, to exist. Militancy and activism are the connecting thread. Gone are purely esthetic concerns, the artist’s work is inseparable from the larger questions that are radically transforming global civilization : war, politics, sexuality, ecology, urbanization and social conflicts. The selected works also reflect the role of the artist in the process of formulating new thoughts and actions. Questioning the limits of our comprehension, the 31st Sao Paulo Bienal highlights our immense capacity to imagine other alternatives, worlds, and thought systems through the anticipatory power of art and artists.
Publié le 24/09/2014
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