Five months prior to its opening, the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo – Incerteza Viva [Live Uncertainty] announces the complete list of 81 participants, comprised of artists and collectives.
Curated by Jochen Volz along with co-curators Gabi Ngcobo (South Africa), Júlia Rebouças (Brazil), Lars Bang Larsen (Denmark) and Sofía Olascoaga (Mexico), the exhibition will be held from September 10 to December 11, 2016, at the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, focusing on notions of ‘uncertainty’ and ‘entropy’ to reflect on the current conditions of life and the possibilities offered by contemporary art to harbor and inhabit uncertainties.
The result of an investigative process initiated in March of 2015, the final list presents a selection of participants from 33 countries characterized by a strong presence of artists born after 1970, women – who represent over half of the artists invited – and commissioned projects, produced for the context of the exhibition.
According to curator Jochen Volz, the artists in the 32nd Bienal provide strategies and speculations on how to live with uncertainty. ‘We are seeking to understand diversity, to look at the unknown and question what we assume to be known. We view the different knowledges of our world as complementary rather than exclusionary.’
Many of the works currently in development involve artistic residencies in the city of São Paulo and research travels in Brazil. To cite a few examples: Carla Filipe in partnership with the Instituto de Botânica de São Paulo [Botanical Institute of São Paulo] is developing a garden of edible plants, spontaneous plants and endangered plants; Iza Tarasewicz is studying the presence in Brazil of the Polish musical rhythm known as Mazurka; Dalton Paula visited three cities involved in the tobacco economy, and Pilar Quinteros traveled to Serra do Roncador, in Mato Grosso State, to follow the tracks of the explorer Percy Fawcett (1867-1925), who disappeared in the 1920s.
‘The proximity of the curators with the Fundação Bienal team, as well as the expansion of the institution’s partnerships, make the 32nd Bienal an especially fertile edition,’ says foundation president Luís Terepins. ‘So far, we are counting on the commitment of 48 partners, including companies, governmental agencies and cultural institutions. In addition, the Fundação Bienal has also strengthened its relationships with international organizations that support the arts. By the time the exhibition opens, we will have a considerably higher number of supporters than the recent editions of the Bienal, an asset from the foundation added to the curatorial work.’
For example, in recent months, partnerships with organizations from Chile, Ghana and Peru helped to enable the realization of the Study Days in Santiago (Chile), Acra (Ghana) and Lamas (Peru), with a strong impact on the development of the curatorial proposal. The fourth event will take place in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, from May 19th to the 22nd. An international seminar concatenating all Study Days will be held in São Paulo at the Fundação Bienal auditorium on June 10th and 11th.
Antonio Malta Campos
Cecilia Bengolea and Jeremy Deller
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Ebony G. Patterson
Jonathas de Andrade
Jorge Menna Barreto
José Antonio Suárez Londoño
Koo Jeong A
Luke Willis Thompson
Lyle Ashton Harris
Maria Thereza Alves
Mariana Castillo Deball
Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas
Oficina de imaginação política
Rita Ponce de León
(Helen Stuhr-Rommereim and Silvia Mollicchi)
Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavare
Vídeo nas Aldeias
- 32nd Bienal de São Paulo
- 32nd Bienal de São Paulo ©Design Bienal: Aninha de Carvalho, Adriano Campos and Roman Atamanczuk
- Bárbara Wagner, You Are Seeing Things, 2016. Courtesy: Solo Shows, São Paulo