Bienal de São Paulo Announces Preliminary Artist List for its 32nd Year

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Bienal de São Paulo Announces Preliminary Artist List for its 32nd Year

Titled Incerteza viva [Live Uncertainty], the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo means to reflect on the current conditions of life and the strategies offered by contemporary art to harbor or inhabit uncertainty. The exhibition will be held from September 10 to December 12, 2016 at the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, featuring approximately 90 artists and collectives, 54 of which are announced here.

Bienal de São Paulo Announces Preliminary Artist List for its 32nd Year

Titled Incerteza viva [Live Uncertainty], the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo means to reflect on the current conditions of life and the strategies offered by contemporary art to harbor or inhabit uncertainty. The exhibition will be held from September 10 to December 12, 2016 at the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, featuring approximately 90 artists and collectives, 54 of which are announced here.

“Art feeds off uncertainty, chance, improvisation, speculation and, at the same time, it attempts to count the uncountable and measure the immeasurable. It makes room for error, for doubt and risk - even for ghosts and the most profound misgivings within all of us, but without evading or manipulating them,” says curator Jochen Volz. Co-curators Gabi Ngcobo (South Africa), Júlia Rebouças (Brazil), Lars Bang Larsen (Denmark) and Sofía Olascoaga (Mexico) round out the curatorial team.

The exhibition sets out to trace cosmological thinking, ambient and collective intelligence, and systemic and natural ecologies. “In order for us to objectively confront the big questions of our time, such as global warming and its impact on our habitat, the extinction of species and the loss of biological and cultural diversity, economic and political instability, injustice in the distribution of the earth's natural resources and global migration, among others, perhaps it's necessary to detach uncertainty from fear.” Volz proceeds.

Artista/artist: Felipe Mujica. Bio: 1974, Santiago, Chile. Vive/lives: Nova York, EUA [New York, USA]. Título do trabalho/work title: Untitled (para Cuenca), 2014 [Sem título (para Cuenca)/ Untitled (for Cuenca)]. Dimensões: 8 painéis, 280 x 148 cm cada [dimensions: 8 panels, 280 x 148 cm each]. Material ou técnica: tecido e fio [material or technique: fabric and thread]. Cortesia: artista [courtesy: artist]. Foto/photo: Felipe Mujica

Seeking to actively participate in the continuous and collective construction of the Ibirapuera Park as a public space, the exhibition sees itself as an extension of the garden inside the pavilion. Conversely, numerous artistic projects will be commissioned for the park. The firm Álvaro Razuk Arquitetura has been invited to develop the exhibit's architectural project and exhibition displays.

STUDY DAYS
As part of the research for the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo and inaugurating its public activities, four Study Days will be held between March and May of 2016, combining visits to cultural institutions and initiatives, local communities, ecological reserves, artists' studios, and research centers with four conferences open to the public conducted by invited lecturers and professionals at the different locales where they are to take place:

Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, one of the richest and most fragile biomes in the world, a land of depleted soil, of monoculture, of species vanished and knowledge forgotten, to discuss extinction and preservation, abundance and drought; Santiago, Chile, focusing on cosmologies and the enmeshed relationships between art and science, myth and history from a present-day perspective; Accra, Ghana, a point of return for many slaves from Brazil, a locale of bonds and renewals, projections and collective dreams, and the Peruvian Amazon, where the objective is to work with education, connections between the human race and nature and to address questions about what is natural and original.

Artista/artist: Francis Alÿs? Bio: 1959, Antuérpia, Bélgica [Antwerp, Belgium]. Vive/lives: Cidade do México, México [Mexico City, Mexico]. Título do trabalho/work title: Children's Game #7 - Hoop and Stick (Bamiyan, Afghanistan), 2010. [Brincadeira infantil #7 – Rolando aro (Bamiyan, Afeganistão)]. Duração/duration: 5'22''. Material ou técnica: vídeo [material or technique: video]. Foto/photo: Ajmal Maiwandi

To mark the cycle, a seminar will be held at the Bienal building in São Paulo in June, interlacing the themes and proposals developed during these collaborative investigations. Registers of the Study Days and the seminar in São Paulo will be published on the Bienal website and in a specific publication.

Artista/artist: Mariana Castillo Deball. Bio: 1975, Cidade do México, México [Mexico City, Mexico]. Vive/lives: Berlim, Alemanha e Cidade do México, México [Berlin, Germany and Mexico City, Mexico]. Título do trabalho/work title: Nuremberg Map of Tenochtitlán - No acabarán mis flores, 2013 [Mapa Nuremberg de Tenochtitlán - Não acabarão minhas flores / Nuremberg Map of Tenochtitlán - My Flowers Will Not End]. Descrição: performance no Matadero, Madri, 2013 [description: performance at Matadero Madrid, 2013]. Dimensões/dimensions: 200 x 80 x 50 cm. Material ou técnica: 5 vestimentas  Chinelo bordadas  [material or technique: 5 embroidered Chinelo costumes]. Cortesia: a artista e Barbara Wien, Berlim [courtesy: the artist and Barbara Wien, Berlin. Foto/photo: Paco Gomez

The 32nd Bienal de São Paulo – Incerteza viva intends to explore ways of living with the unknown through such varied topics as ecology, the cosmologies of beginnings and ends, extinction, collective knowledge, evolutionary myths and living practices. Rather than being divided into sections, the exhibition will weave these themes together into a cohesive set. A work of art, more than an object or manifestation in time and space, represents a vision of the world which can offer everyone new tools and alternative strategies for a life of uncertainty.

New works will be emphasized and a variety of projects will be produced in situ, some collectively. Designs for a different society and alternative ways of existing in the world will emerge in works using a variety of media. The proximity of the production processes will result in an exhibition which is closer to the locales of creation and education.

The initial list stands out for including a vast diversity of languages and, at the same time, some of the most articulate voices in relation to the main themes of the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo. So far 54 artists have been confirmed but the curatorial research goes on, aiming for a Bienal with approximately 90 artists.

Artista/artist: Víctor Grippo. Bio: 1936, Junín, Argentina – 2002, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Título do trabalho/work title: Naturalizar al hombre, humanizar a la natureza, o Energía vegetal, 1977/2014 [Naturalizar o homem, humanizar a natureza, ou Energia vegetal / Man Naturalization, Nature Humanization, or Vegetal Energy]. Dimensões: 15 x 700 x 110 cm (base principal), dimensões totais variáveis [dimensions: 15 x 700 x 110 cm (main base), overall dimensions variable]. Material ou técnica: instalação  composta de 400kg de batata, 8 ou 10 frascos de laboratório de usos diversos, rolhas de borracha, cotonetes de algodão, tinta de desenho de diferentes cores diluída em água, toalha de mesa de linho branco, placa de bronze com texto, madeira, cavaletes e tinta branca [material or technique: installation composed of 400kg of potato, 8 or 10 kinds of lab flasks, rubber stoppers, cotton swabs, drawing ink of different colors diluted with water, white linen tablecloth, bronze plaque with text, wood, sawhorses and white paint]. Cortesia: Alexander and Bonin, Nova York [courtesy: Alexander and Bonin, New York]. Foto/photo: Oliver Santana / Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), Cidade do México [Mexico City]

Alia Farid | Anawana Haloba | Bárbara Wagner | Bené Fonteles | Carla Filipe | Carolina Caycedo | Cecilia Bengolea | Charlotte Johannesson | Cristiano Lenhardt | Dineo Seshee Bopape | Ebony G. Patterson | Eduardo Navarro | Em’kal Eyongakpa | Erika Verzutti | Felipe Mujica | Francis Alÿs | Gabriel Abrantes | Gilvan Samico | Güneş Terkol | Heather Phillipson | Helen Sebidi | Henrik Olesen | Hito Steyerl | Iza Tarasewicz | Jorge Mena Barreto | José Antonio Suárez Londoño | José Bento | Kathy Barry | Koo Jeong A | Lais Myrrha | Lourdes Castro | Luke Willis Thompson | Mariana Castillo Deball | Michal Helfman | Misheck Masamvu | Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas | OPAVIVARÁ! | Öyvind Fahlström | Park McArthur | Pia Lindman | Pierre Huyghe | Pilar Quinteros | Priscila Fernandes | Rachel Rose | Rikke Luther | Rita Ponce de León | Ruth Ewan | Sandra Kranich | Ursula Biemann | Victor Grippo | Vídeo nas Aldeias | Vivian Caccuri | Wilma Martins | William Pope L.

 

32nd Bienal de São Paulo – Incerteza viva [Live Uncertainty]

 

September 10 – December 12, 2016

 

Press Preview: September 5

 

Press, professional and guest preview: September 6-9

 

Local: Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo

 

Curator: Jochen Volz

 

Co-curators: Gabi Ngcobo, Júlia Rebouças, Lars Bang Larsen and Sofía Olascoaga

 

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