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Bienal de Sao Paulo announces preliminary artist list for its 32nd year
Rita Ponce de León, With Your  Own Hands, variable dimensions. Fabric, papier maché, ink on wood drawings, 2 video  projections, paper and metal. Photo: Courtesy: 80M2 Livia Benavides and the artist. Photo: Pere Pratdesaba.


SAO PAULO.- Titled Incerteza viva [Live Uncertainty], the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo means to reflect on the current conditions of life and the strategies offered by contemporary art to harbor or inhabit uncertainty. The exhibition will be held from September 10 to December 12, 2016 at the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, featuring approximately 90 artists and collectives, 54 of which are announced below.

“Art feeds off uncertainty, chance, improvisation, speculation and, at the same time, it attempts to count the uncountable and measure the immeasurable. It makes room for error, for doubt and risk - even for ghosts and the most profound misgivings within all of us, but without evading or manipulating them,” says curator Jochen Volz. Co-curators Gabi Ngcobo (South Africa), Júlia Rebouças (Brazil), Lars Bang Larsen (Denmark) and Sofía Olascoaga (Mexico) round out the curatorial team.

The exhibition sets out to trace cosmological thinking, ambient and collective intel- ligence, and systemic and natural ecologies. “In order for us to objectively confront the big questions of our time, such as global warming and its impact on our habitat, the extinction of species and the loss of biological and cultural diversity, econom- ic and political instability, injustice in the distribution of the earth's natural resources and global migration, among others, perhaps it's necessary to detach uncertainty from fear.” Volz proceeds.

Seeking to actively participate in the continuous and collective construction of the Ibirapuera Park as a public space, the exhibition sees itself as an extension of the garden inside the pavilion. Conversely, numerous artistic projects will be commissioned for the park. The firm Álvaro Razuk Arquitetura has been invited to develop the exhibit's architectural project and exhibition displays.

On this occasion, we are announcing a preliminary list of artists, including some historic names who have special significance in the present, representing a conceptual and methodological core for the exhibition as a whole and for the proposed themes. Still, most of the artists were born from the 1970s on, an intentionally young selection. This initial list stands out for including a vast diversity of languages and, at the same time, some of the most articulate voices in relation to the main themes of the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo. So far 54 artists have been confirmed but the curatorial research goes on, aiming for a Bienal with approximately 90 artists.

Alia Farid | Anawana Haloba | Bárbara Wagner | Bené Fonteles | Carla Filipe | Carolina Caycedo | Cecilia Bengolea | Charlotte Johannesson | Cristiano Lenhardt | Dineo Seshee Bopape | Ebony G. Patterson | Eduardo Navarro | Em’kal Eyongakpa | Erika Verzutti | Felipe Mujica | Francis Alÿs | Gabriel Abrantes | Gilvan Samico | Güneş Terkol | Heather Phillipson | Helen Sebidi | Henrik Olesen | Hito Steyerl | Iza Tarasewicz | Jorge Mena Barreto | José Antonio Suárez Londoño | José Bento | Kathy Barry | Koo Jeong A | Lais Myrrha | Lourdes Castro | Luke Willis Thompson | Mariana Castillo Deball | Michal Helfman | Misheck Masamvu | Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas | OPAVIVARÁ! | Öyvind Fahlström | Park McArthur | Pia Lindman | Pierre Huyghe | Pilar Quinteros | Priscila Fernandes | Rachel Rose | Rikke Luther | Rita Ponce de León | Ruth Ewan | Sandra Kranich | Ursula Biemann | Victor Grippo | Vídeo nas Aldeias | Vivian Caccuri | Wilma Martins | William Pope L.






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