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An untitled installation of the work of Arthur Bispo do Rosário, Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, 2012.

the 30th São Paulo Bienal

An untitled installation of the work of Arthur Bispo do Rosário, Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, 2012.

“LANGUAGE IS ALWAYS A STATE OF EXHIBITION.” The line perfectly encapsulates one of the dominant aesthetic strategies on view in the Thirtieth São Paulo Bienal. Taken from Alejandro Cesarco’s video Methodology, 2011, one of the most thoughtful among the three thousand works exhibited, it is part of a conversation that revolves around the fundamental absences—of the self from language, of language from the other—often structuring narrative, time, and social relationships. In this sense, it responds to the core motif conceived for the biennial. With his call for “The Imminence of Poetics,” chief curator Luis Pérez-Oramas evokes a time of becoming, as well as an understanding of communication that accounts for both what remains unsaid and that which may be said in the future. As a result, language itself—understood as both writing and speech—is predominantly on

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