Bienal de São Paulo Announces Artist List for its 34th Edition

Monday, May 31, 2021
Bienal de São Paulo Announces Artist List for its 34th Edition

The Fundação Bienal de São Paulo has announced the complete list of artists participating in the 34th Bienal – Faz Escuro mas eu canto [Though it’s dark, still I sing], consisting of 91 names (including two duos and one artist collective) from 39 countries.

The Fundação Bienal de São Paulo has announced the complete list of artists participating in the 34th Bienal – Faz Escuro mas eu canto [Though it’s dark, still I sing], consisting of 91 names (including two duos and one artist collective) from 39 countries.

Thematically, the 34th Bienal emphasizes the poetics of “relation” as a curatorial tool and principle for uniting the city’s cultural institutions. This edition, begun in February 2020, has been unfolding in space and in time with both physical and online programming, and will culminate in the group show that will occupy the entire Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion starting in September 2021, concomitantly with dozens of solo shows at partner institutions in the city of São Paulo.

Among this edition’s participating artists, there are representatives from all continents. There is a balanced distribution between women and men, with participation from artists who identify as non-binary. This edition will also have the largest representation of indigenous artists, with 9 participants from original peoples of different parts of the globe. Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, the 34th Bienal’s chief curator, comments on the process of constructing the list of invited artists: “Since its conception, and with an even greater sense of urgency after the developments in recent months, the 34th Bienal seeks to establish bridges between artworks and artists that reflect multiple cosmovisions, cultures and historical moments. The process of putting all of these voices into relation and resonance was intense and stimulating, in keeping with one of the concepts of Édouard Glissant which greatly inspired us along this path: that we are always talking and writing in the presence of all the world’s languages.”

The artists are:

 Abel Rodríguez
Adrián Balseca
Alfredo Jaar
Alice Shintani
Amie Siegel
Ana Adamović
Andrea Fraser
Antonio Dias
Arjan Martins
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz
Belkis Ayon
Carmela Gross
Carolina Maria de Jesus
Christoforos Savva
Clara Ianni
Claude Cahun
Daiara Tukano
Daniel de Paula
Darcy Lange
Deana Lawson
E. B. Itso
Edurne Rubio
Eleonora Fabião
Eleonore Koch
Eric Baudelaire
Frida Orupabo
Gala Porras-Kim
Giorgio Griffa
Giorgio Morandi
Guan Xiao
Gustavo Caboco
Hanni Kamaly
Haris Epaminonda
Hélio Oiticica
Hsu Che-Yu
Jacqueline Nova
Jaider Esbell
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Joan Jonas
José Antonio Vega Macotela
Jota Mombaça
Jungjin Lee
Juraci Dórea
Kelly Sinnapah Mary
Koki Tanaka
Lasar Segall
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Lee “Scratch” Perry
León Ferrari
Lothar Baumgarten
Luisa Cunha
Lydia Ourahmane
Lygia Pape
Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela
Manthia Diawara
Marinella Senatore
Marissa Lee & David Reuter
Mauro Restiffe
Melvin Moti
Mette Edvardsen
Musa Michelle Mattiuzzi
Nalini Malani
Naomi Rincón Gallardo
Neo Muyanga
Noa Eshkol
Olivia Plender
Oscar Tuazon
Paulo Kapela
Paulo Nazareth
Philipp Fleischmann
Pia Arke
Pierre Verger
Regina Silveira
Roger Bernart
Sebastián Calfuqueo Aliste
Silke Otto-Knapp
Sueli Maxacali
Sung Tieu
Tamara Henderson
Tony Cokes
Trajal Harrell
Uýra Sodoma
Victor Anicet
Ximena Garrido-Lecca
Yuyachkani
Yuko Mohri
Zina Saro-Wiwa

Beyond the opening of the main exhibition of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo, the year 2021 is also an important date for marking the 70th anniversary of the 1st Bienal de São Paulo (1951).

“Throughout the last 70 years, the various editions of the Bienal de São Paulo have adapted to the times, and it is precisely its ability to change, coupled with its opening to the new, which has allowed the show to conserve its artistic and cultural relevance. The 34th Bienal de São Paulo in some way symbolizes this: faced with challenging times, we have found ways to remain faithful to the proposal of this edition without, however, being bound to ideas and projects that have lost their pertinence in the new global context. Last year, we intensified our digital programming and discovered new ways to connect with the public, which we plan to continue in the next editions.

The launching of the digital catalog tenteio is, without a doubt, one of the initiatives that were not foreseen in the initial plans, but which is in total consonance with them, while also expanding their reach,” says José Olympio da Veiga Pereira, president of the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo.

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