"It was necessary to come up with a biennial that was totally different, that responded to the criteria of cultural policies. In general, biennials are held in cities and are not made for their inhabitants but for the public that travels to see them. BIENALSUR is different; it is for the people and it reaches all those cities, "said Aníbal Jozami, general director of the BIENALSUR and Rector of the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), during an interview with the France 24 TV channel.
In this way, Jozami referred to the second edition of the biennial, which will be held between June and November 2019 in twenty countries, and which will bring together a wide variety of proposals from artists, ranging from the consecrated Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, to young emerging artists from different countries.
"All the biennials that exist in the world respond to the logic of cities. We at BIENALSUR have a totally different idea, which not only has to do with culture and art in general but also with an analysis of the international situation in the world, a project of cultural policies", remarked the sociologist during an interview with journalist Janira Gómez Muñoz.
BIENALSUR aims to "reach new sectors of the public, which traditionally have not been reached," pointed out Jozami with regards to the cultural meeting that took place in its first edition, in 2017, which brought together more than 300 artists from around the world, who displayed their works in 30 cities of 16 countries simultaneously, at 84 venues including museums, cultural centers and emblematic public spaces, all with free admission.
"In a world that builds walls, we build processes of integration. The fundamental value of this biennial is to bring together people of different origins, without any differentiation of nationality, race or gender; and make a biennial for everyone", he concluded.