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31. São Paulo Biennial

The exhibition part of the Biennial contains more than 70 projects, produced by about 100 participants and totalling around 250 artworks.

The title “How to Talk about Things that Don’t Exist?” chosen by the curatorial team – Charles Esche, Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente and Oren Sagiv – is a poetic call to the promise of art, and addresses these things that don’t exist in several ways: how to talk about them, how to learn from them, how to live with them, how to struggle with them.

SAHA supported Gülsün Karamustafa, Halil Altındere, Nilbar Güreş, Burak Arıkan, Zeyno Pekünlü, Fırat Genç, İmre Azem, Yaşar Adanalı, Vasıf Kortun and Ali Taptık participating at the 31st São Paulo Biennial held between 6 September–7 December 2014.

The exhibition part of the Biennial contains more than 70 projects, produced by about 100 participants and totaling around 250 artworks. The word ‘project’ is intended to create a distance from the traditional idea of an autonomous artwork made in a studio by an artist. By using this word, we can introduce a broader range of contemporary cultural practices and include people working in other disciplines, such as educators, sociologists, architects, performers. The term also serves to encourage collaboration and trans-disciplinary ways of working amongst the Biennial participants.

Artists and Projects

Agnieszka Piksa "It’s Just the Spin of Inner Life", Alejandra Riera and UEINZZ “… – MUTE – OHPERA – ... ”, Ana Lira "Vote!", Anna Boghiguian "Cities by the River", Archivo F.X. / Pedro G. Romero "The Modern School", Armando Queiroz with Almires Martins and Marcelo Rodrigues "Ymá Nhandehetama", Arthur Scovino "House of Caboclo", Asgar Jorn "10,000 Years of Nordic Folk Art", Asier Mendizabal "Agoramaquia (The Exact Case of the Statue)", Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme "The Incidental Insurgents", Bik Van der Pol "Turning a Blind Eye", Bruno Pacheco "Meeting Point and other works", Chto Delat "The Excluded. In a moment of danger", Clara Ianni and Débora Maria da Silva "Plea", Dan Perjovschi "Wall, Work, Workshop. The São Paulo Drawing", Danica Dakić "Heaven / El Dorado / Vila Maria", Éder Oliveira "Untitled", Edward Krasiński "Spear and other works", El Hadji Sy "Marine Archaeology", Erick Beltrán "Double Goer", Etcétera… and León Ferrari "Erring from God", Gabriel Mascaro "It Is Not About Shoes", Giuseppe Campuzano "Life’s Timeline / Transvestite Museum of Peru", Graziela Kunsch "Fare Free Bus with Lilian L’Abbate Kelian Urbânia 5 Magazine", Gülsün Karamustafa "Illustrated History / The Settler", Halil Altındere "Wonderland", Hudinilson Jr. "Tension Zone", Imogen Stidworthy "Balayer – A Map of Sweeping", Ines Doujak and John Barker "Loomshuttles, Warpaths", Jakob Jakobsen and María Berríos "The Revolution Must Be a School of Unfettered Thought", Jo Baer "In the Land of the Giants and other works", Johanna Calle "Imponderables / Perimeters", Jonas Staal "Nosso Lar, Brasília", Juan Carlos Romero "Violence", Juan Downey "The Abandoned Shabono / Video Trans Americas", Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa "Dead Letter", Kasper Akhøj and Tamar Guimarães "Captain Gervásio’s Family", Lázaro Saavedra "Under Pressure", Leigh Orpaz "Breakfast", Lia Perjovschi "A Research", Mapa Teatro – Laboratorio de artistas "The Uncounted: A Triptych", Mark Lewis "Invention", Marta Neves "No-Ideas", Michael Kessus Gedalyovich "The Name Giver / The Placebo Scroll", Mujeres Creando "Space to Abort", Nahum Zenil / Ocaña / Sergio Zevallos / Yeguas del Apocalipsis (Organized by Miguel A. López) "God is Queer", Nilbar Güreş "Open Phone Booth / Black Series / TrabZONE and other works", Nurit Sharett "Counting the Stars", Otobong Nkanga "Landversation", Prabhakar Pachpute "Dark Clouds of the Future", Qiu Zhijie "Map", Romy Pocztaruk "The Last Adventure", ruangrupa "RURU", Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti and Grupo Contrafilé "Mujawara", Sheela Gowda "Those of Whom", Teatro da Vertigem "The Last Word Is the Penultimate One – 2", Teresa Lanceta "Bert Flint / Granada / Handira", Thiago Martins de Melo "Martyrdom", Tiago Borges and Yonamine "AfroUFO", Tony Chakar "One Hundred Thousand Solitudes / Of Other Worlds That Are on This One", Val del Omar "Water-Mirror of Granada / Fire in Castile", Virginia de Medeiros "Sergio and Simone", Vivian Suter "Untitled", Voluspa Jarpa "Learning Histories", Walid Raad "Letters to the Reader (1864, 1877, 1916, 1923)", Wilhelm Sasnal "Capital", Yael Bartana "Hell", Yuri Firmeza "The Fortress / Nothing Is" and Yochai Avrahami "Small World". 

About the Bienal de São Paolo

The Biennial de São Paulo was founded by the Italian-Brazilian industrialist Ciccillo Matarazzo (1898–1977). Since 1957, the Bienal de São Paulo has been held in the Ciccillo Matarazzo pavilion in the Parque do Ibirapuera. The pavilion was designed by a team led by architects Oscar Niemeyer and Hélio Uchôa, and provides an exhibition space of 30,000 m². The Biennial de São Paulo features both Brazilian and international artists, and is considered to be one of the most important art exhibits in the country and takes place in the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion for the first time after the death of Oscar Niemeyer in late 2012.