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14. Naïfs Biennale von Brasilien 2018

18. August - 25. November 2018

Sesc Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brasilien
Kontakt / Karte

Kuratoren: Ricardo Resende, Armando Queiroz, Juliana Okuda Campaneli

Titel: Daquilo que escapa [Das, was entweicht]

200 Arbeiten von 121 naiven Künstlern aus 21 Staaten Brasiliens

Von August bis Dezember 2018 zeigt Sesc Piracicaba die 14. Naïfs Biennale von Brasilien. Schon seit mehr als 30 Jahren spielt die Biennale eine herausragende Rolle in der brasilianischen Kunstszene als ein strategischer Ort für Kunst populärer Herkunft, wenn auch am Rande des hegemonialen Kunstbetriebs. Das kuratoriale Konzept für die aktuelle Edition ist sich der vielfältigen Realität des Landes bewusst und hat eine inklusive Perspektive auf dieses künstlerische Schaffen, das in ganz Brasilien sehr lebendig ist, entwickelt. In der Absicht, Wege und Möglichkeiten aufzuzeigen, statt einfach nur einen thematischen Rahmen abzustecken, haben die Kuratoren der diesjährigen Biennale den Titel Daquilo que escapa [Das, was entweicht] gegeben.

Held in the state’s interior, in one of the oldest units of Sesc São Paulo, the event, which has now become a biennial, began in 1986 as part of a larger project at that time called Cenas da Cultura Caipira [Scenes of Country Culture]. The first edition, under the name Mostra Nacional de Arte Ingênua e Primitiva [National Show of Naïve and Primitive Art], shed light on the theme of naïve art – its concepts, history and developments – thus allowing for the construction of a platform for public debate and legitimization of this production. It was in 1992 that the show became a biennially held event, gaining size over time. Since then, in its most diverse realizations, the exhibition and its programmatic activities have instated a condition of tensioning, with artists staking a claim for recognition before the elitist social construction of art.

The 14th Biennial’s curatorship consists of Ricardo Resende, currently curator of the Museu Bispo do Rosário Arte Contemporânea, in Rio de Janeiro, and of Fundação Marcos Amaro, in Itu (SP); Armando Queiroz, a researcher and artist from the state of Pará; and Juliana Okuda Campaneli, a researcher and technical assistant of the Visual Arts and Technology Management of Sesc São Paulo.

This edition of the event issued an open invitation for submissions and received 1,164 artworks entered by 583 artists. From these, 155 artworks were selected, representing a wide range of supports, techniques and themes. By a strategic decision of the curatorship, the exhibition also features works by 14 invited artists who are influential and recognized in their communities, thereby rounding off the curatorial program.

With a total of more than 200 artworks produced by 121 artists – 107 selected and 14 invited artists – coming from 21 Brazilian states, the curators proposed an exhibition whose organization relied on the concrete approach of visiting the artist’s homes and work environments, thus allowing for a deeper knowledge of their contexts and daily lives. This collective construction was a fundamental tool for the definition of the show.

The curatorship decided on a more open exhibition format which can at times be escaped from, underscoring a diversity of themes and motivations The wide spectrum of artistic aims includes a noteworthy critical view of social issues, political engagement and resistance, a transgressive and insubordinate character, diverse relations with the sacred and the religious, affective approaches to the fauna, flora and the imperious reality, and a world of intercrossed daydreams reflecting a broad gamut of subjective drives.

In a general sense, opening space for symbolic constructions still considered as “other,” and allowing them to be manifested with the same apparatuses of a still elitist and Eurocentric structure is perhaps the greatest democratic triumph of this cultural action founded by Sesc. As aptly pointed out by Danilo Santos de Miranda, the institution’s director, the exhibition is compelling proof of Brazil’s being a “heterogeneous country, full of contradictions, with intense social contrasts, seeking the affirmation of its roots and the valorization of its distinct voices, colors and cultural manifestations.” It is to this partially invisible country, therefore, that the exhibition seeks to lend visibility and a voice.

Sesc Piracicaba
Rua Ipiranga, 155
Centro Piracicaba
CEP: 13400-480, Brasilien
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