Various locations, Sän Paulo, Brazil Showing from: 7 September – 9 December 2018
Generally considered one of the most important contemporary arts events in South America, the São Paulo Biennial has a history of combining unknown artists with the type of discourse that the international contemporary art world knows and loves.
Set in locations throughout the city and in a massive modernist pavilion designed by Oscar Niemeyer (the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion in Ibirapuera Park), this 33rd Biennial de São Paulo named
Affective Affinities, offers an alternative to thematic exhibitions by focusing the artists’ gaze on their own creative contexts.
It does this by featuring seven group shows organised by invited artist-curators as well as 12 individual projects selected by curator Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro. The invited artists, Mamma Andersson (Sweden), Sofia Borges (Brazil), Waltercio Caldas (Brazil), Alejandro Cesarco (Uruguay), Claudia Fontes (Argentina), Antonio Ballester Moreno (Spain) and Wura-Natasha Ogunji (USA) were given just one criteria: that they must also include examples of their own work.
The title of the Biennial is meant to reflect the show’s organisation, which draws on artistic and cultural links, as well as affinities between participating artists.
Claudia Fontes, Foreigners, 2016. Porcelain