Titled “Affective Affinities“, the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo aims to promote the individual experience of the visitor with the works instead of a pre-determined curatorial narrative. The title does not serve as a thematic straightjacket for the exhibition, but characterises a way of understanding the exhibition based on associations, and on artistic and cultural affinities among the artists involved. As in Mário Pedrosa’s writings, the proposal is to investigate the ways in which art creates an environment that fosters relations and communication, moving from the artist to the object and to the observer.
Presence, attention and the environment are premises that guide the curatorship of this edition, in reaction to a world of ready-made truths, where the fragmentation of information and inability to focus attention can lead to alienation and passivity.
Against this backdrop, the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo features 12 individual projects selected by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro and seven collective exhibitions conceived by the artist-curators previously announced: Mamma Andersson (Lulea, Sweden, 1962); Antonio Ballester Moreno (Madrid, Spain, 1977); Sofia Borges (Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, 1984) Waltercio Caldas (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1946), Alejandro Cesarco (Montevideo, Uruguay, 1975); Claudia Fontes (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1964); and Wura-Natasha Ogunji (St.Louis, USA, 1970).
The selection of Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro includes commissioned projects by eight artists (Alejandro Corujeira, Luiza Crosman, Nelson Feliz, Tamar Guimares, Maria Laet, Denise Milan, Vania Mignone and Bruno Moreschi), an iconic series by Siron Franco based on the 1987 radioactive accident in Goiana, and posthumous tributes to three artists: Anibal Lopez (Guatemala), Feliciano Centurion (Paraguay) and Lucia Nogueira (Brazil).
- Rampa do Pavilhão Bienal © Pedro Ivo Trasferetti / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo