"It's dark but I sing". In the verses of the Amazonian poet Thiago de Mello is the title of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo, which brings news in its operation in this edition. Although the official opening will only take place in September 2020, some actions will be presented at the Bienal Pavilion from February onwards. The Bienal will also have networking with more than 20 São Paulo institutions, which will promote exhibitions in their spaces.
The expansion of the institutional network had already been indicated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, general curator of the 34th Bienal, in May of this year. THE ARTE!Brasileiros, he commented that “the challenge in dealing with all these audiences is to be neither hermetic nor overly simple and, at the same time, speak directly and honestly with all of them”. The decision to create this network follows a kind of curatorial line, which aims to highlight the poetics of the idea of “relationship”. In the announcement of the edition's title, Visconti states that the choice was made because “the 34th Bienal recognizes the state of anguish of the contemporary world while emphasizing the possibility of the existence of art as a gesture of resilience, hope and communication”.
The Bienal will have inaugural solo shows by Ximena Garrido-Lecca (February), Clara Ianni (April) and Deana Lawson (July) and performances by Neo Muyanga (maze in grace), Leon Ferrari (Words Ajenas) and Hélio Oiticica (the round of death). In the individual exhibitions, the curatorship took pride in inviting “mid-career artists from different backgrounds and research”. The selected performances will accompany, respectively, each of the shows.
The individual shows are the result of international partnerships, with Ximena's being a co-production with CCA Wattis (USA), Clara's with CCA Lagos (Nigeria) and Deana's with Kunsthalle Basel (Switzerland). Muyanga's performance is a joint initiative with the Liverpool Biennial (England).
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