World Biennial Forum 2
How to make Biennials in Contemporary Times
São Paulo, Brazil
November 26 – 30, 2014
Venue: Auditório Ibirapuera
The Forum will run alongside the 31st Bienal de São Paulo curated by Charles Esche, Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente, Oren Sagiv, Benjamin Seroussi and Luiza Proença who will also function as the Forum’s Artistic Directors.
Fundação Bienal de São Paulo
ICCo – Instituto de Cultura Contemporânea
2014 has heralded what seems to be a reawakening of potential in international art biennials. From Istanbul to Sydney and Saint Petersburg, an exhibition form that was threatening to slide into neoliberal conformism has again become the site of conflict and controversy.
While the dilemmas of each biennial has its own origins, these developments will, in general, bring a renewed engagement with the symbolic value of biennials and the ways they can be contested in public. It is in this spirit of questioning and provoking the concept of the biennial, that the Forum has been assembled.