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Friday May 31, 2013

Latin America at Venice’s 55th Biennale

Latin America at Venice’s 55th Biennale

Photo: Mexico at the Biennale of Venice

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The 55th edition of the Biennale of Venice is ready to open an international audience this week and Latin America will be well represented as National participants.

The Venice Biennale is considered one of the most prestigious 
cultural institutions in the world.  Since its creation in 1895 it has 
been promoting national cultures, emerging artists, 
and identifying global artistic trends.

The exhibition will be open from June 1 to November 24 and take 
place at various venues in Venice.

The following Latin American countries are represented this year, 
amongst 88 country participants, with each country choosing artists 
to represent the cultural and artistic image of the country abroad:  

Argentina:  “Eva – Argentina. A Contemporary Metaphor”
The first Latin American country to take part in the Biennale starting in 1901, this time with an exhibit honoring its former first lady.

Brazil – “Inside/Outside”
Anchoring the Brazil Pavilioin exhibition are the artists Hélio Fervenza and Odires Mlászho, who were invited to produce work especially for the show.

Chile – “Venezia, Venezia”
An installation by Alfredo Jaar, the exhibition is a call to examine how today’s culture, composed of increasingly complex global networks, can be adequately represented on a world stage.

Costa Rica – “Democracy & Dreams”
Priscilla Monge, Esteban Piedra, Rafael Ottón Solís and Cinthya Soto will display their exhibition Democracy & Dreams in the national pavilion
for the Central American country.

Cuba – “La Perversion de lo Clasico”
Featuring 13 artists and collaborations, the Cuban Pavilion for the 55th Biennale, “La Perversión de lo clásico: Anarquía de los relatos/The Perversion of Classics: 
The Anarchy of Narrations,” will be curated by Jorge Fernández Torres and Giacomo Zaza.

Mexico – “Cordiox”
The exhibition is a complex machine by Ariel Guzik that describes its environment through sound, spreading a tonal, subtle and expansive crystalline cadence,
thus creating a unique listening experience.

Paraguay – “The Encyclopedic Palace of Paraguay” – (first time participants)
Paraguay will participating for the time at this year’s Biennale, Osvaldo González Real, an art critic and professor at the Institute of Fine Arts of Paraguay,
will curate the collection.

Uruguay – “Time” by Wifredo Diaz Valdez
The National Commission of Visual Arts has selected Wifredo Díaz Valdéz as the artist who will represent Uruguay.  He is known for his creations of
unusual wooden sculptures out of imaginatively deconstructed everyday objects.

Venezuela – “El Arte Urbano” by Artist Collective
“El Arte Urbano. Una estetica de la Subversion” (Urban Art. The Aesthetics of Subversion) is the main theme of this year Venezuela participation
that aims to imbue the 55th biennial with rebellious spirit.