What is BIENALSUR?

BIENALSUR is the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of the South, an extensive platform for art and culture under permanent construction.

For we believe that art triggers imagination and shapes the way we see and think about the world we live in, BIENALSUR builds a community that upholds the right to culture on the conviction that it affords visibility to other rights.

Artists, curators, and institutions from around the world come together to redouble actions, rise up to contemporary challenges and envision possible futures. Thus, BIENALSUR integrates and simultaneously attempts to connect audiences, artists, and spaces from the five continents. We seek to establish a collaborative global network that contributes to bridging gaps and erasing both real and symbolic borders, and asserts uniqueness in diversity—the local in the global.

BIENALSUR includes works and projects selected as a result of open international calls. We have also selected some key artists to help reinforce one of the central purposes of our project: to include diverse actors and expand audiences by proposing to think through images and aesthetic experiences. We are committed to building new bridges of dialogue through art and culture, turning every art space into a place for reflection. This declaration guides the selection of art projects that contribute to opening up our perspectives in order to reflect upon and develop a contemporary humanism.

How do we work?

In 2015, with the “Global South Meetings, A Platform for Reflection on Contemporary Art and Culture,” we started this dynamic project based on dialogues, exchanges, and presentations comprising a diverse, ongoing public program that provides continuity in time to debates and projects.

Through biannual processes, the first edition took place in 2017, when we presented a plural cartography that reached venues in the five continents, thus becoming one of the identity marks of our horizontal, democratic work: 16 countries, 34 cities, more than 80 venues, and over 400 artists and curators participated in the first edition. In 2019, the map was extended to include 112 venues in 47 cities of 21 countries and incorporated proposals from over 800 artists and curators. We are currently working towards the third edition to be held in 2021, while we strive to design continuity strategies.

Exhibitions are held at different museums, cultural centers, buildings and iconic areas of the public space in different cities with the purpose of creating a global network of institutional associative collaboration that erases distances and borders, and upholds uniqueness in diversity.

Unprecedented in its methodology, BIENALSUR includes works and projects that are the result of open, free international calls with no pre-established topics. The idea of these wide-ranging calls is to invite artists and curators to conceive specific and unpublished proposals to follow their own pursuits without specific tropes that might influence them. As a result of these vast calls, to which 5,500 proposals from one-hundred and eight countries were submitted in 2020, central conceptual axes arise for each edition, in addition to the selection of projects that make up the design of the exhibitions and actions. The criterion for selecting the projects is the quality of each submission, both in conceptual and aesthetic terms.

With its own cartography, and a specific territory and itinerary, BIENALSUR opens up to an expanded South on a virtually planetary scale that brings together artists and curators from the five continents. The map has its 0 KM at the MUNTREF (Immigration Museum and Center of Contemporary Art) in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and from there it expands in all directions, redesigning paths, dialogues, and interactions from off-center perspectives.

Who are in charge of this project?

Those who are in charge of this project are professionals dedicated to the management of public spaces for training and development, specialized in the area of art and culture. BIENALSUR is organized by UNTREF (Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero) –an Argentine public university, BIENALSUR has its rector Aníbal Jozami as General Director and Diana Wechsler as Artistic-Academic Director. They are accompanied by the International Curatorial Council, a team of curators, and a small team of producers.

ANÍBAL JOZAMI

/ GENERAL DIRECTOR OF BIENALSUR

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, endorsed the BIENALSUR project because of the interest for the region and its global projection. He was distinguished for the French Republic with the Chevalier of the Ordre of the arts and the Ordre al Merit.

DIANA WECHSLER

/ ARTISTIC AND ACADEMIC DIRECTOR OF BIENALSUR

Diana Wechsler has a doctorate in Art History, is a CONICET (National Council for Scientific and Technical Research) researcher and a curator. She is the Director of the "Dr. Norberto Griffa" Institute for Research in Art and Culture and the Master's Degree in Curatorial Studies at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero. She is the Artistic Director of the museums of this university and Professor of Argentinean Art at the UBA (University of Buenos Aires). She has obtained scholarships and grants such as the Getty Foundation Postdoctoral Scholarship and the awards for Art Essays and Curatorships from the International Association of Art Critics and Scientific Production of the Argentine Senate. She was distinguished by the French Republic with the honorary title of Chevalier des Palmes Academiques.

AUTHORITIES:

General Direction

Aníbal Jozami (ARG)

Artistic-academic Direction

Diana Wechsler (ARG)

Institutional Direction

Martín Kaufmann (ARG)

General Advisory

Marlise Ilhesca (BRA)

Legal Advisory

Mauricio De Nuñez (ARG)

Institutional Relations Coordination

Fabián Blanco (ARG)

Carlos Peralta (ARG)

International Curatorial Council BIENALSUR 2021

Enrique Aguerre (URY)

Manolo Borja (ESP)

Estrella de Diego (ESP)

Andrés Duprat (ARG)

Alexia Fabre (FRA)

João Fernandes (PRT)

Marta Gili (ESP)

Valeria González (ARG)

Abdellah Karroum (MAR)

Mona Khazindar (SAU)

Emma Lavigne (FRA)

Bartomeu Mari (ESP)

Jose-Carlos Mariategui (PER)

Simon Njami (CHE)

Nada Shabout (GBR)

Nayla Tamraz (LBN)

Maria Wills (COL)

Curatorial Council BIENALSUR 2021

Liliana Piñeiro (ARG)

Marina Aguerre (ARG)

Benedetta Casini (ITA)

Leandro Martínez Depietri (ARG)

Florencia Qualina (ARG)

Florencia Battiti (ARG)

Fernando Farina (ARG)

Production Team

Juana Carranza Vélez (ARG)

Emiliana Scaramella (ARG)

María Marcos Mercante (ARG)

Violeta Bohmer (ARG)

Camila Carella (ARG)

Juana Cortés (ARG)

Mariana Cecillon (ARG)

Julieta Rosell (ARG)

Audiovisual Production

UNTREF Media

Federico Consiglieri (ARG)

Santiago Camarda (ARG)

Ariel Riveiro (ARG)

Communication Coordination

Marisa Rojas (ARG)

Editorial coordination

Florencia Incarbone (ARG)

Technical coordination

Piren Benavídez Ortiz (ARG)

Web

Developing: UNTREF Media

Content management: Candela Del Valle (ARG)

Design

Estudio Rainis

Press

Claribel Terre (CUB)

Academic Committee/Academic Network:

Academia de Bellas Artes de París

Escuela Municipal de Bellas Artes de Valparaíso (CHL)

Escuela Nacional Superior Autónoma de Bellas Artes (PER)

Fundación Alvarez Penteado (BRA)

Fundación Getulio Vargas (BRA)

Instituto Universitario Sudamericano (URY)

Universidad Abdelmalek Essaâdi de Tánger (MAR)

Universidad Austral (CHL)

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (ESP)

Universidad de Chile (CHL)

Universidad de la República (URY)

Universidad de Las Américas de Puebla (MEX)

Universidad de las Artes (ECU)

Universidad de las Artes de Tokio (JPN)

Universidad de las Regiones Autónomas de la Costa Caribe Nicaragüense (NIC)

Universidad de Los Andes (COL)

Universidad de Salamanca (ESP)

Universidad de San Carlos (GTM)

Universidad de São Paulo (BRA)

Universidad Federal de Rio Grande do Sul (BRA)

Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina (BRA)

Universidad Federal de Santa Maria (BRA)

Universidad Javeriana (COL)

Universidad Mayor de San Marcos (PER)

Universidad Metropolitana de Caracas (VEN)

Universidad Nacional de Colombia (COL)

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (ARG)

Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (ARG)

Manolo Borja (ESP)

Cauê Alves (BRA)

Ferran Barenblit (ESP)

Regina Teixeira de Barros (BRA)

Stephane Aquin (CAN)

Ramón Castillo (CHL)

Estrella de Diego (ESP)

Simon Djami (CMR)

Andrés Duprat (ARG)

Ticio Escobar (PRY)

João Fernandes (PRT)

Clara Garavelli (GBR)

Marta Gili (ESP/FRA)

Fábio Magalhães (BRA)

José Carlos Mariátegui (PER)

Johannes Odenthal (DEU)

Catherine Petigas (FRA/ GBR)

Thaís Rivitti (BRA)

Agustín Pérez Rubio (ESP)

Nada Shabout (USA)

Nayla Tamraz (LBN)

Marie –Cecile Zinsou (BEN)

Liliana Piñeiro (ARG)

Marina Aguerre (ARG)

Florencia Battiti (ARG)

Benedetta Casini (ITA)

Fernando Farina (ARG)

Florencia Battiti (ARG)

Lionel Bovier (CHE)

Tadeu Chiarelli (BRA)

De Diego (ESP)

Albertine de Galbert (FRA)

Néstor García Canclini (ARG / MEX)

Andrés Duprat (ARG)

Ticio Escobar (PRY)

Fernando Farina (ARG)

Abdellah Karroum (MAR / QAT)

Fábio Magalhães (BRA)

Jeanine Meerapfel (DEU)

Hans Ulrich Obrist (CHE / GBR)

Rodrigo Quijano (PER)

Ivonne Pini (COL)

Liliana Piñeiro (ARG)

Diana Wechsler (ARG)

Marie-Cécile Zinzou (BEN)