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Curitiba Biennial 2011

Curitiba Biennial 2011 / © Foto: Haupt and Binder, Universes in Universe

Curitiba, Brazil

18 September - 20 November 2011

General curators:
Alfons Hug, Ticio Escobar

Adriana Almada, Paz Guevara

Guest curators:
Artur Freitas, Simone Landal, Eliane Prolik, Alberto Saraiva

72 participants

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Beyond the Crisis

Already two years ago, the exhibition VentoSul - which since its start in 1993 until 2007 had been focused mainly on the art of Latin America - expanded its perspective to include art from all continents. This expansion has determined the renaming of the event into International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Curitiba.

Alfons Hug and Ticio Escobar are in charge of this 6th edition as general curators, accompanied by Adriana Almada and Paz Guevara as co-curators, and Alberto Saraiva, Artur Freitas, Eliane Prolik and Simone Landal as guest curators. The team is completed by the curators Denise Bandeira and Sonia Tramujas, who have been specially appointed for the educational project.

The general curators develop their curatorial approach under the title "Beyond the Crisis". In their curatorial text the point of departure for their reflections is the analysis of the origin of the word "crisis", which is "omnipresent as a background noise" these days, dominating every discourse.

"Art operates both inside and outside the crisis. Inside because it refers to it formally and conceptually, and outside, because it transcends the crisis and offers alternatives to society. ...

The word 'crisis' is used here in its most evocative sense, as the crucial moment in which a sudden change of paradigms requires new decisions, positions and new images. The term 'beyond' does not exactly mean 'after'; it points rather to an intermediate area, an unfolding or a third place from where one can see the crisis from the inside/outside. ...

Art faces crisis by constantly questioning its own representation systems, discussing once and again the definition of art and its institutional circuits (museums, markets, biennials, theories, etc.). From this standpoint crises are productive, because art necessarily depends on moments of conflict and tension. Precisely, art is one of the main devices with which contemporary culture can count on to put under questioning its own statements, to renew its values and codes and to prevent the collective perception from accepting a fixed concept of the social."

(Quotes from the curatorial text)


Exhibition venues

Museu Oscar Niemeyer
Rua Marechal Hermes, 999 - Centro Cívico

Museu da Gravura Cidade de Curitiba
Rua Presidente Carlos Cavalcanti, 533 - Centro

Museu da Fotografia Cidade de Curitiba
Rua Presidente Carlos Cavalcanti, 533 - Centro

Casa Andrade Muricy (CAM)
Alameda Dr. Muricy, 915 - Centro

Museu Alfredo Andersen
Rua Mateus Leme, 336 - São Francisco

Galeria Júlio Moreira
Travessa Nestor de Castro - Centro

Cineplex Batel
Rua Coronel Dulcídio, 517 - Batel

Galeria APAP
Rua Jaime Reis, 107,
Arcadas de São Francisco Sala 11 - São Francisco

Public space



Instituto Paranaense de Arte
Al. Dr. Carlos de Carvalho, 655 – Centro
80430-180 Curitiba - PR
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