Affective Affinities / 33 Bienal Sao Paulo
Sep 7 – Dec 9, 2018

Alejandro Corujeira, Los ojos callados, 2018. Courtesy of the artist. Photo Francisco Fernandez Unidad Móvil

Breaking away from the single-theme model, the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo presents twelve solo projects along with seven group shows organized by invited artist-curators. Currently on through December 9, 2008, Affective Affinities will focus on the individual experience of the spectator. The title chosen by chief-curator Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro – appointed by the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo to conceive the show – refers to the novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Elective Affinities (1809) and the thesis On the Affective Nature of Form in the Work of Art (1949), by Mário Pedrosa.

 

Alejandro Corujeira, Te doy una esfera de luz dorada, 2018 crédit Leo Eloy – Estúdio Garagem – Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Ana Prata, Miss Natural I, Sarah Lucas, Rabbit, 2017 crédit Leo Eloy – Estúdio Garagem – Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Bruno Moreschi, Ação ‘Registros decodificados passado oficial’ (frame de vídeo) crédit Pedro Ivo Trasferetti

Denise Milan, Ilha Brasilis, 2018 crédit Leo Eloy – Estúdio Garagem – Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

The title is not meant as a guiding theme for the exhibition, but rather characterizes its organization based on the artistic and cultural affinities among those involved. Presence and attention are the premises of this edition of the event, in a reaction to a world of ready-made truths, in which information is fragmented and people find it hard to concentrate, leading them into alienation and passivity.

 

Mamma Andersson, Glömd, 2016, Courtesy Magnus Karlsson Gallery, Photo Per-Erik Adamsson

Vânia Mignone, Sem título (Untitled), 2017-2018 / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Aníbal López (A1-53167), El lacandón, 2006 © Leo Eloy / Estúdio Garagem / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Against this backdrop, the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo will comprise 12 individual projects selected by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro and seven collective exhibitions conceived by the artist-curators previously announced: Mamma Andersson (Luleå, Sweden, 1962), Stargazer II; Antonio Ballester Moreno (Madrid, Spain, 1977), sentido/comum (common/sense); Sofia Borges (Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, 1984), A infinita história das coisas ou o fim da tragédia do um (The Infinite Story of Things or the End of the Tragedy of One); Waltercio Caldas (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1946), Os aparecimentos (The Appearances); Alejandro Cesarco (Montevideo, Uruguay, 1975), Aos nossos pais (To Our Parents); Claudia Fontes (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1964), O pássaro lento (The Slow Bird); and Wura-Natasha Ogunji (St. Louis, USA, 1970), sempre, nunca (always, never).

 

Sofia Borges, Religare, 2016- O Monstro e a Árvore de Rafael, 2018- Tunga, Sem título, 2014 crédit Leo Eloy – Estúdio Garagem – Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Tamar Guimarães, O ensaio (The Rehearsal), 2018. Video Still. Courtesy of the artist

Mame-Diarra Niang, 11-11, 2018 c Leo Eloy / Estúdio Garagem / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Maria Laet, Abismo das superfícies I, 2018 crédit Leo Eloy Estúdio Garagem Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Daniel Bozhkov, Performance my dear highly venomous, 2018 crédit Leo Eloy- Estúdio Garagem – Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

The selection by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro features commissioned projects by eight artists (Alejandro Corujeira, Luiza Crosman, Nelson Felix, Tamar Guimarães, Maria Laet, Denise Milan, Vânia Mignone, and Bruno Moreschi), an iconic series by Siron Franco based on the 1987 radioactive accident in Goiania, and posthumous tributes to three artists: Aníbal López (Guatemala), Feliciano Centurión (Paraguay) and Lucia Nogueira (Brazil).

 

Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, Birds, 2018 © Pedro Ivo Trasferetti / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Nelson Felix, Esquizofrenia da forma e do êxtase (do projeto), 2017-2018 © Pedro Ivo Trasferetti / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Siron Franco, Segunda vítima 1987 / Terceira vítima 1987

Waltercio Caldas, Copo fotografando pedra, 2015 – Jorge Oteiza, Caja vacía, 1958 – Waltercio Caldas, Prato comum com elástico- Tubo de ferro Copo de leite, 1978 – Acús

The 33rd Bienal de São Paulo Affective Affinities seeks to create an alternative model to thematic exhibitions by favoring the artists’ gaze upon their own creative contexts. The event introduces twelve individual projects and seven group shows organized by artist-curators. Additionally, a program of meetings, lectures, performances and activations of artworks will take place in the spaces of the 33rd Bienal on a weekly schedule.

 

Affective Affinities / 33 Bienal São Paulo
September 7 – December 9, 2018 / Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion
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