Unlike the Eurocentrism of the Venice Biennale, the Bienal de São Paulo is open to all countries and has an alternative character, which goes beyond the contexts of the European and North American art circuit. Since its foundation, this biennale has paid special attention to countries which have never been able to participate in European biennales, establishing itself as a much more elastic show, open to multiculturalism.
One of the key aspects of the Bienal de São Paulo has been its flair for pointing out, over the last 50 years, and in an almost premonitory fashion, the often surprising trends in Latin American art. The influence of the Bienal de São Paulo, whose reach and reputation is unquestionable, has made it possible, with the participation of artists from all countries in Latin America, to draft a new imaginary collective map of the continent.
The show that the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo will present in Valencia, titled LUZ AO SUL (LIGHT IN THE SOUTH), is born of the desire to investigate, through transversal channels, the complex relationships that exist between the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America.
The exhibition thus brings together some of the most important artistic expressions launched by the Bienal de São Paulo over the last 15 years, or works by artists who thanks to the Bienal Sao Paulo Institution have achieved success and recognition.
Invited artists from the Bienal de São Paulo:
This exhibition extensively deals with the problem of indigenous and Afro minorities/majorities, hard to see in Spain. Thus, a new space is opened up for a profound discussion on non-Eurocentric aesthetics, by examining the fascinating history of the encounters between peoples and their mixed-race children, which unites Indians, blacks and whites through art. The Encounter Between Two Seas proposes a fresh way of thinking that includes a new discussion, under the light of aesthetics, of the concepts of tolerance and solidarity.
The intense traffic of slaves from Africa to America which took place from the 16th to the 19th centuries changed the face of the continent, due to the enormous workforce that developed and transformed purely European habits with others from Africa brought by different ethnic groups. All this has constructed a rich imaginary, an ancient culture that evolved as it came into contact with new traditions but which preserved its powerful roots. This wealth of knowledge is expressed in the art of an ancient culture which emerged from the darkness of the slave chamber, a culture that is still unknown to Western civilization.
Africans, as silent colonizers, allowed their ancestral roots, now planted on the American content, to continue to flow. Their ancient and contemporary art can now be seen in our city.
Within this show there is a second mini-exhibition, curated by the architect Janete Costa on popular Brazilian art, particularly unique and difficult to see in Europe, whose modernity and expressive solutions make it an expressive paradigm of contemporary art.
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