Here’s the Partial Artist List for the 2018 Bienal de São Paulo [Updated]

Installation view of “Sturtevant: Vice Versa,” 2018, at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London.


The Bienal de São Paulo has revealed the partial artist list for its 2018 edition, its 33rd, which opens on September 7 and runs through December 9 at the Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo. (More artists will be announced at a later date.)

In an unconventional move, the biennial’s artistic director, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, has divided most of the exhibition into seven parts, each of them curated by a different artist who has selected his or her own theme. (The biennial as a whole is named “Affective Affinities,” and Pérez-Barreiro has also curated 12 projects himself.) “The seven artist-curators have been working with full autonomy both in regards to each other and to the general curatorship,” Pérez-Barreiro said in a statement. “The only imposed limitations are of a practical nature such as budgets and the use of physical space within the Bienal Pavilion.”

Those artists are Alejandro Cesarco, Antonio Ballester Moreno, Claudia Fontes, Mamma Andersson, Sofia Borges, Waltercio Caldas, and Wura-Natasha Ogunji. Cesarco’s show, for example, is called “Aos nossos pais” (“To Our Parents”) and focuses on repetition and the rewriting of history, while Ballester Moreno’s exhibition, “sentido/comum” (“sense/common”), is about nature and our origins. Other areas of focus include introspection, images and representation, relationships between artists across time, and speed and slowness.

The full list of artists follows below. Asterisks indicate artists commissioned to do works for the biennial.

Mamma Andersson, “Stargazer II”
Henry Darger (USA, 1892–1973)
Dick Bengtsson (Sweden, 1936–89)
Gunvor Nelson (Sweden, b. 1931)
Åke Hodell (Sweden, 1919–2000)
Russian Icons (Collection based in Stockholm)

Antonio Ballester Moreno, “sentido/comum” (“common/sense”)
Friedrich Fröbel (Germany, 1782–1852)
Andrea Büttner (Germany, b. 1972)
Mark Dion (USA, b. 1961)
Rafael Sánchez-Mateos Paniagua (Spain, b. 1979)

Sofia Borges, “A Infinita História das Coisas ou o Fim da Tragédia do um” (“The Infinite History of Things or the End of the Tragedy of One”)
Jennifer Tee (Holland, b. 1973)
Leda Catunda (Brazil, b. 1961)
Sarah Lucas (United Kingdom, b. 1962)
Tal Isaac Hadad (France, b. 1976)

Waltercio Caldas
Victor Hugo (France, 1802–85)
Jorge Oteiza (Spain, 1908–2003)
Vicente do Rego Monteiro (Brazil, 1899–1970)

Alejandro Cesarco, “Aos nossos pais” (“To Our Parents”)
Sturtevant (USA/France, 1924–2014)
Louise Lawler (USA, b. 1947)
Cameron Rowland (USA, b. 1988)

Claudia Fontes, “O pássaro lento” (“The Slow Bird”)
Roderick Hietbrink (Holland, b. 1975)
Ben Rivers (United Kingdom, b. 1972)*
Daniel Bozhkov (Bulgaria, b. 1959)*
Elba Bairon (Bolivia, b. 1947)*
Katrín Sigurdardóttir (Iceland/USA, b. 1967)*
Pablo Martín Ruiz (Argentina, b. 1964)*
Paola Sferco (Argentina, b. 1974)*
Sebastián Castagna (Argentina, b. 1965)*
Žilvinas Landzbergas (Lithuania, b. 1979)*

Wura-Natasha Ogunji, “sempre, nunca” (“always, never”)
Lhola Amira (South Africa, b. 1984)*
Mame-Diarra Niang (France, b. 1982)*
Nicole Vlado (USA, b. 1980)*
ruby onyinyechi amanze (Nigeria, b. 1982)*
Youmna Chlala (Lebanon, b. 1974)*

Projects curated by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro
Alejandro Corujeira (Argentina, b. 1961)*
Anibal Lopez (Guatemala, 1964–2014)
Bruno Moreschi (Brazil, b. 1982)*
Denise Milan (Brazil, b. 1954)*
Feliciano Centurión (Paraguay, 1962–1996)
Lucia Nogueira (Brazil, 1950–1998)
Luiza Crosman (Brazil, b. 1987)*
Maria Laet (Brazil, b. 1982)*
Nelson Felix (Brazil, b. 1954)*
Siron Franco (Brazil, b. 1947)
Tamar Guimarães (Brazil, b. 1967)*
Vânia Mignone (Brazil, b. 1967)*

Correction 4/27/18, 9:10 a.m.: This post has been updated to include artists whose names were left out of the release announcing the artist list, as well as to include previously announced artist projects being curated by Pérez-Barreiro. The post also now reflects that the list is partial—more names will be announced at a later date.

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