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  • 31st São Paulo Bienal: “How to Talk About Things that Don't Exist”

    Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion

    September 6–December 7, 2014

    Curated by Charles Esche

    The curatorial work for this year’s São Paulo Bienal started amid a wave of protests that have taken over Brazil, exposing the nation’s underlying socioeconomic issues to the global media.Engaging this turmoil and his outsider status directly, curator Charles Esche, alongside his team, organized meetings with arts agents throughout the country, with the aim of incorporating their views into the biennial’s plan. Whatever thoughts emerged will now play out across some 250 works, including many collaborative projects, which promise to explore such themes as vernacular culture, social activism, and mysticism. One thing there will not be, however, is a set of token art stars—of the roughly one hundred participants, few have yet to receive major international recognition. Further, this year’s exhibition will turn away from Brazil’s renowned modernist legacy, focusing instead on the nation’s present; signaling, all told, that it is likely time for the art world to redraw its South American map.