The thirty fourth São Paulo Bienal (4 September – 5 Dec 2021) was a 91-artist-strong cross-media exhibition, which delved into political narratives via 4 themes. The principle web site for the presentation was the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion in Parque do Ibirapuera, its Oscar Nieymeyer-designed residence since 1957.
The thirty fourth São Paulo Bienal: ‘Although it is darkish, nonetheless I sing’
This December, a curated exhibition of labor by fourteen artists from the exhibition ‘Although It is darkish, nonetheless I sing’ has moved from its tour of South America to Europe for the finale in its ten-part travelling exhibition, held at Les Forges, a part of artwork hub Luma Arles (opens in new tab) in France.
Break up right into a sequence of thematic strands, the present explored the statements ‘The Portraits of Frederick Douglass’, ‘The Loss of life Watch by Hélio Oiticica’, ‘The Bell of Ouro Preto’ and ‘Tikmū’ūn Songs’. The themes, chosen by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, common curator of the thirty fourth Bienal and his curatorial workforce, purpose to shine new gentle on the artworks, referring to pivotal moments in historical past and considering our collective futures.
The exhibition explores how Immaterial objects maintain narratives with compelling histories, and prompts conversations on post-colonial points, environmental issues and Indigenous cosmologies. The present is posed as a journey via time and house, with its opening coinciding with a weekend of talks titled ‘Realities of Science Fiction II’, which delve into speculative fiction as a mode of resistance, alongside Afrofuturism.
The chosen artists hail from seven international locations and comprise Victor Anicet, Zózimo Bulbul, Seba Calfuqueo, Manthia Diawara, Jaider Esbell, Noa Eshkol, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Carmela Gross, Sueli Maxakali, Gala Porras-Kim, Alice Shintani, Amie Siegel, Regina Silveira, and Daiara Tukano.
‘Although it’s darkish, nonetheless I sing: Works from the thirty fourth Bienal de São Paulo’ in LUMA Arles shall be on view from 16 December 2022, to five March 2023.
LUMA Arles, Parc des Ateliers, Les Forges, 35 avenue Victor Hugo, 13200 Arles; luma.org (opens in new tab)