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SP Bienal Study Days

As part of the research preceding the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo, a series of five Study Days help guide the artistic and curatorial processes. Between March and May of 2016, artists, curators, community leaders, anthropologists, activists, scientists and researchers gathered at seminars and workshops in the cities of Santiago (Chile), Accra (Ghana), Lamas (Peru) and Cuiabá (Brazil), expanding the Bienal’s project beyond its traditional temporal and territorial borders.

On June 10 and 11, 2016, the Fundação Bienal auditorium in São Paulo will host the fifth and final of the Study Days. Connecting with the previous debates, the meeting seeks to foment critical thought in the context of the city and its public. “In addition to reflexively echoing the experiences of the Study Days, we intend here to consider the proposals that shape the Bienal and the concepts that frame it and to create a nurturing environment for dialogue and questioning,” explains curator Jochen Volz.

The event will feature three roundtables, bringing together indigenous leaders, anthropologists, artists, architects, political scientists, activists, curators and historians for a debate about ecologies of knowledge, forms of construction and the expanded practices of art and activism. In parallel, Bárbara Wagner and Vivian Caccuri, participating artists in the 32nd Bienal, will present an introduction to the study for their projects for the exhibition in the form of an intervention.

The entrance for the seminar is free of charges. Registration is required and can be made online using this LINK


Friday, June 10

7.30 pm | Cosmovisions: nature and politics
Roundtable featuring Ailton Krenak, Carolina Caycedo, Ana Laíde Barbosa and Luisa Elvira Belaunde
Moderation: Pedro Cesarino

Saturday, June 11

10 am | Intervention: Vivian Caccuri
+ Construction, space, knowledge
Roundtable featuring Alvaro Puntoni, Áurea Carolina, Joe Addo, Laís Myrrha and Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Moderation: Ligia Nobre

3 pm | Intervention: Bárbara Wagner
+ Expanded practice: art and activism
Roundtable featuring Amilcar Packer, Ben Vickers, Guilherme Boulos and Naine Terena
Moderator: André Mesquita

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