BIENALSUR is the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of South America. The first edition, which took place in 2016 and 2017 and whose exhibition space was the territory of South America and other associated countries, focused on the artistic and intellectual creative process. The second edition kicks off with new activities and an open call ending on June 30th, 2018, and will be held until the end of 2019.
Through contemporary art, the first edition of BIENALSUR simultaneously connected over 32 cities in 16 countries and gathered over 350 artists and curators from the five continents.
The exhibitions took place in different museums, cultural centres, iconic buildings and sites of the public space. Conceived on the basis of a global network of institutional collaboration that erases distances and borders, and upholds singularity in diversity, BIENALSUR proposed a vast territory built upon the perspective of a "Global South".
With its own cartography, a specific territory and itinerary, BIENALSUR reaches out to an expanded South America on a virtually planetary scale gathering artists and curators from the five continents. With MUNTREF (Museo de la Inmigración and Centro de Arte Contemporáneo of the UNFTREF) in the city of Buenos Aires as its Km 0 marker, the first edition went as far as Km 18,370 in Tokyo, Japan.
BIENALSUR is organized by the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) of the Argentine Republic. Its Rector, Aníbal Jozami, is the General Director and Diana Wechsler, the Artistic and Academic Director.
Over 95% of the works of the first Biennial were selected after a careful screening process that included two international open free topic calls. These open calls invited artists and curators to conceive specific original projects. More than 2,500 proposals from 78 countries were submitted.
The professionals in charge of this project are especially dedicated to managing public spaces for formation and development, predominantly in the area of art and culture. BIENALSUR is organized by the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) of the Argentine Republic. Its Rector, Aníbal Jozami, is the General Director and Diana Wechsler, the Artistic and Academic Director.
The members of the International Curatorial Council of BIENALSUR are (in alphabetical order): Florencia Battiti (Argentina); Lionel Bovier (Switzerland); Tadeu Chiarelli (Brazil); Estrella De Diego (Spain); Albertine de Galbert (France); Néstor García Canclini (Argentina / Mexico); Andrés Duprat (Argentina); Ticio Escobar (Paraguay); Fernando Farina (Argentina); Abdellah Karroum (Morocco / United Arab Emirates); Fábio Magalhães (Brazil); Jeanine Meerapfel (Germany); Hans Ulrich Obrist (Switzerland / United Kingdom); Rodrigo Quĳano (Peru); Ivonne Pini (Colombia); Liliana Piñeiro (Argentina); and Marie-Cécile Zinsou (Benin).
Aníbal Jozami is a sociologist specialized in international relations, a businessman and an art collector. He is the Rector of the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero and the Director of the museums of the same university. In 1993, Jozami founded the Foro del Sur Foundation, a nongovernmental organization whose mission is to gather political, business and academic leaders to formulate state policies for South America. In 2015 the culture ministers of the South American countries appointed him to organize, promote and direct the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of South America, BIENALSUR.
Diana Wechsler is an Argentine curator with a Ph.D. in Art History and CONICET researcher. She directs the "Dr. Norberto Griffa" Institute for Research of Art and Culture and the Master’s Degree in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies of the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero. She is the Deputy Director of the museums of the same university. She is a Chair Professor of Argentine Art at the UBA. She has received fellowships and subsidies such as the Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Getty Foundation and the awards for Curatorial Studies and Art Essays from the International Association of Art Critics and for Scientific Production from the Argentine Senate.
Coordination of Institutional Relations
International Curatorial Council
Florencia Battiti (ARG)
Lionel Bovier (CHE)
Tadeu Chiarelli (BRA)
Estrella De Diego (ESP)
Albertine de Galbert (FRA)
Néstor García Canclini (ARG / MEX)
Andrés Duprat (ARG)
Ticio Escobar (PRY)
Fernando Farina (ARG)
Abdellah Karroum (MAR / ARE)
Fábio Magalhães (BRA)
Jeanine Meerapfel (DEU)
Hans Ulrich Obrist (CHE / GBR)
Rodrigo Quijano (ARG)
Ivonne Pini (COL)
Liliana Piñeiro (ARG)
Marie-Cécile Zinzou (BEN)