Appointed by the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo as curator of the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo – Affective Affinities after his proposal of organizing the event through an alternative ‘operating system’, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro has conceived a Bienal that values the artists’ gaze on their own creative contexts and avoids a large thematic exhibition in favor of multiple curatorial experiences.
Pérez-Barreiro holds a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex (UK) and an MA in Art History and Latin American Studies from the University of Aberdeen (UK). With over 20 years experience, he was curator of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin (2002-2008), chief curator of the 6 th Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre (2007), and director of Visual Arts at The Americas Society in New York (2000-2002). He was an advisor to the Iberê Camargo Foundation and his curatorial projects in Brazil and abroad include exhibitions of Lygia Pape, Geraldo de Barros, Rivane Neuenschwander, Waltercio Caldas and Willys de Castro. He is the current director and chief curator of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.
This edition includes group shows organized by seven artist-curators: Alejandro Cesarco (Montevideo, Uruguay, 1975. Lives in New York, EUA), Antonio Ballester Moreno (Madrid, Spain, 1977. Lives in Madrid), Claudia Fontes (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1964. Lives in Brighton, England), Mamma Andersson (1962, Luleå, Sweden. Lives in Stockholm, Sweden), Sofia Borges (Ribeirão Preto, Brasil, 1984. Lives in São Paulo, Brasil), Waltercio Caldas (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 1946. Lives in Rio de Janeiro) and Wura-Natasha Ogunji (St. Louis, USA, 1970. Lives in Lagos, Nigeria).