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Work from the exhibition "Entre-tejidos", El Cercado. Photo: Disclosure

In its fourth edition, the BIENALSUR23, an international contemporary art platform, confirms its initial proposal to build a global collaborative network that claims the right to culture. The current edition began at the beginning of July and runs until December 2023, and is present in more than 70 cities, in 28 countries on the five continents of the globe.

BIENALSUR was founded in 2017 by Argentines Aníbal Jozami, economist, educator and collector, and researcher and doctor in art history Diana Wechsler, rector emeritus and vice-rector of Universidad Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), respectively.

BIENALSUR23 chose and included works and projects selected in open international public notices and some key artists to help reinforce one of the central objectives of the urgency of this moment: to develop actions centered on the environment, on gender perspectives, on the construction of reports, on the international phenomenon of fake news and its impact on democracy.

In several Argentine provinces, openings followed one another, creating a diverse fabric.

In all cases, it is important to point out that this BIENALSUR is not flashy: the installations and works seem to care about communicating ideas and not impacting the public with spectacular solutions.

Regina Silveira, "Biscoito arte", 1976, in the EXTRA/ordinario collective, on display at MAR (Museo Provincial de Arte Contemporaneo). Photo: Gerson Zanini
Regina Silveira, “Biscoito arte”, 1976, in the EXTRA/ordinario collective, on display at MAR (Museo Provincial de Arte Contemporaneo). Photo: Gerson Zanini

In each city, the exhibitions occupy museums, historic houses, spaces linked to the traditions of the place. In Argentina, states, such as Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, are called provinces. On the occasion of BIENALSUR, cities in the Province of Buenos Aires, such as Mar del Plata and La Plata, the Provinces of Córdoba and Tucumán inaugurated numerous exhibitions. In Mar del Plata, it is worth highlighting the participation of Brazilian Regina Silveira in the press conference Extraordinary, on display at MAR (Museo Provincial de Arte Contemporaneo).
Exhibitions were opened at the Museo Provincial de Fotografía de Córdoba, at Palacio Dionisi, and at the Museo de Bellas Artes Emilio Caraffa. How to escape planet Earth e naturoculturto, respectively. Artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain and France address the human relationship with nature.

“Juan Reos, from Argentina, uses clouds as elements of distraction and makes them monumental and ephemeral sculptures that seem to portend something indecipherable. Yo-Yo Gonthier, French, also uses them as protagonists in a video in which a large giant cloud is moved by a group of people, in an attempt to reflect on the idea of ​​migration and return”, comments the Argentinean curator of the exhibition, Francisco Medal.

In the Province of Tucumán, in Northwest Argentina, distinguished Italian artists participate, Maria Lai (1919-2013), one of the most important artists of the second half of the XNUMXth century in Italy, as well as Antonio Della Guardia and Letizia Calori.

Works linked to women's textile work and the precariousness of work in contemporary times, which modify the subject's relationship with the world, are in interwoven, at the Museo de la Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, which presents the creations of the Randeras de El Cercado. In the Museo Móvil de la Randa (MUMORA) are the works of the Argentineans Jimena Travaglio and Ángeles Jacobi, as well as the Italian Maria Lai.

At the Museo Provincial Sculptor Juan Carlos Iramain, the exhibition The sculpture and the ruin puts into dialogue sculptural portraits and drawings by the Argentine Juan Carlos Iramain (1900-1973), from the 1930s, with the indigenous miners of the Puna, with the cement heads of the Argentine sculptor Rodrigo Díaz-Ahl portraying workers in the Buenos Aires suburban area, populations separated in time, participants, however, of the same vulnerability,

At the Virla Cultural Center, the walking gaze: videos by the Argentineans Julia Levstein, Nicolás Martella and Cintia Clara Romero, about actions produced in different geographies from the act of walking. And from the 20th of July, successive openings will be held in the city of Buenos Aires. ✱

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