February 19, 2018
The 10th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil, has announced its roster of exhibiting artists. The participating artists were revealed at a press conference on July 29 by the biennial’s Chief Curator, art historian Gaudêncio Fidelis, and joined by José Antonio Fernandes Martins, an entrepreneur and art collector serving as the President of the Biennial, as well as the team of curators including Adjunct Curator Márcio Tavares (Brazil); Assistant Curators Ana Zavadil (Brazil), Fernando Davis (Argentina), Ramón Castillo Inostroza (Chile) and Raphael Fonseca (Brazil). The team also includes Educational Curator Cristián G. Gallegos (Chile). The Biennial opens on October 8, 2015 and continues through November 22, 2015.
The 10th Mercosul Biennial curatorial project is titled Messages From a New America and focuses only on the art of Latin America, reigniting the initial mission expressed by Frederico Moraes, the curator of the 1st Biennial, to “re-write the history of Latin American art from a non-Eurocentric perspective.” More than twenty years later, the Biennial has deeply reevaluated its political perspective by reconsidering the role it plays in the context of hundreds of Biennials existing today around the world.
The 10th Biennial exhibition includes more than 700 works of art that span from the early 18th century to the contemporary, carefully chosen by the curators to avoid the traditional model of Biennials that tend to prioritize regional representation and new commissions over specific artworks.
The 10th Biennial is conceived around four major conceptual fields over seven exhibitions dealing with several aspects of the art from Latin America. Those fields and exhibitions include: The Journey of Adversity (Exhibitions on this section are: The Biography of Urban Life and Modernism in Parallax); The Insurgence of the Senses (Exhibitions are: Neobaroque Anthropophagy, Olfactory: Smell in Art and Body Apparatuses); The Undeleting of the Tropics (Exhibitions are: Dust and the World of Objects and Marginália of Form) and The Journey Continues (This section is comprised by the Experimental School of Curating and the Educational Project).
The Biennial is organized by Fundação Bienal do Mercosul, a private, non-profit organization in Brazil. For a list of participating artists visit: http://www.fundacaobienal.art.br/site/noticias/1150