“Affective Affinities” offers an alternative to thematic exhibitions by focusing the artists’ gaze on their own creative contexts. The 33rd Bienal de São Paulo features 7 group shows organised by invited artist-curators as well as 12 individual projects selected by curator Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro.
The title for the 33rd edition of the Bienal de São Paulo was selected by its curator Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, director and chief curator of the Cisneros Collection, to resonate with ideas presented in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s novel Elective Affinities (1809), as well as Mário Pedrosa’s important thesis On the Affective Nature of Form in the Work of Art (1949).
‘The seven artist-curators have been working with full autonomy both in regards to each other and to the general curatorship. The only imposed limitations are of a practical nature such as budgets and the use of physical space within the Bienal Pavilion’, explains Pérez-Barreiro.
33rd Bienal de São Paulo – Affective affinities
from 7 September to 9 December 2018
Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, Ibirapuera Park
Press preview: 4 September 2018
Preview for the press, art professionals and guests: 5-6 September 2018
- © Leo Eloy/ Estúdio Garagem/ Fundação Bienal de São Paulo