BIENALSUR CONTINUES TO BREAK DOWN BORDERS AND ACTIVATE A NEW ORDER
BIENALSUR 2021 arrives at the Francis Naranjo Foundation, in the Canary Islands, Spain with A New Order. Breaking Down Borders, an exhibition curated by Diana Wechsler, artistic director of the contemporary art biennial that celebrates its third edition in more than 23 countries, 50 cities and 124 venues in five continents. The exhibition, which can be seen until the end of September, is part of the curatorial axes Política del arte / Constelaciones fluididas (Art Politics / Fluid Constellations), in line with the exhibition Al Sur del Sur, which is on display in Malaga and Juntos Aparte, at the National Museum of Colombia in Bogota.
The forms of communication, imposed distances, new technologies, the world and its destiny, among other topics, appear in most of the works of the participating artists, from Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Italy, Argentina. and Portugal.
Among the works, the complete short film, íntegro, integro, integró, by the Argentines Gaby Messina and Ana Paula Penchaszadeh, with original music by Oscar Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla, and sound by sound artist Juan Sorrentino unveils a major program on Afro visibility in Argentina; while Louise Botkay, from Brazil, presents an experimental documentary made with Yanomani women from the Watorik community on the border between Brazil and Venezuela.
Tierra Prometida (Promised Land), by the Peruvian Alfredo Ledesma Quintana, leads to the understanding of the concept of nature as a generator and transmitter of knowledge; and Yendo (Going), by the Argentine Rodrigo Etem, marks a journey through the American territory that finds the multiple resonance of the term progress, so associated with the Eurocentric concept of moving towards a place imagined by others.
For its part, the Spanish collective Declinación Magnética, made up of curators and visual artists, presents Margen de Error (Margin of Error), which provides an interesting collective view; while the Chilean Nicolás Eduardo Cox Ascencio, in the photographic series Negación, appropriates, in different ways, the idea of the flag.
Creators such as the Italian Rebecca De Marchi, the Portuguese Mónica de Miranda, the Brazilian Maíra Flores and the Spanish Gabriela Bettini, as well as the Mexican Gabriel Garcilazo and the Brazilian Ricardo Villa return on themes that have made them known while also innovating in this international exhibition.
A New Order. Breaking Down Borders invites the public to imagine “another order” possible and at the same time opens up new places for celebration and criticism.