Chief curator, Venezuelan-born Luis Pérez-Oramas, along with associated curators André Severo and Tobi Maier and curator assistant Isabella Villanueva, will curate the 30th Bienal de São Paulo (Sao Paulo Biennial) titled The Imminence of Poetics.
According to Pérez-Oramas, imminence is manifested by the fact that works of art materialize and acquire a different form every time they are presented. Poetics is the symbolic arsenal that permits the establishment of the discursive strategies, ever more present in contemporary art.
“These works illustrate the character of originality and vigor of the 30th São Paulo Biennial,” according to Heitor Martins, director-president of the São Paulo Biennial Foundation.
Some 3,000 works by 111 artists – half of them produced especially for this exhibition – make up the universe of the 30th Bienal de São Paulo. A glance at the creative process of srtists hailing from different backgrounds and generations transforms The Imminence of Poetics into a discursive apparatus in which bonds prevail: the relationships between works and artists in the exhibition and their resonance in seminars, discussions and other poetic or performatic events.
Artists taking part in the showing include many from the Americas, but also include artists from Europe, Asia, and two from Africa.
The Bienal will take place from September 7 to December 9, 2012 at the Oscar Niemeyer’s Ciccillo Matarazzo Hall in Sao Paolo’s Parque do Ibirapuera.