BIENALSUR 2019, the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of South America, organized by the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) is preparing to close its second edition, held from May to November, in which it shows once again the transforming power of art and culture, with an unprecedented display which included simultaneously, exhibitions by 600 artists from five continents, in one hundred venues in 43 cities of twenty countries.
From May to November, 33,000,000 people attended and took part in the different exhibitions, actions, performances, meetings and activations promoted by the biennial. 18,370 kilometers of a simultaneous artistic journey that had its starting point in Ushuaia, as a symbolic way of positioning itself "south of the south", expanding towards several provinces of Argentina. In Latin America, it toured Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil, Uruguay and Mexico; in Europe it was present in cities such as Paris, Toulouse, Rome, Crans-Montana and Palma de Mallorca; the headquarters of the African continent was in the city of Cotonou, in Benin. Finally, in Asia, the cities of Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia, and Tokyo, Japan.
With an unprecedented format and model, which focuses on the importance of cultural diversity and respect for singularities, the biennial functions as a global network of institutional and academic associative collaboration, which erases distances and borders, and which extends to the entire world, with the premise of bringing the public closer to the most diverse artistic manifestations.
BIENALSUR conceives culture as a vehicle for integration between countries, and therefore contributes through its programming to inclusion, coexistence and respect for diversity among peoples, as well as to multiply the voices, through a multicultural, polyphonic and horizontal network.
By proposing a new, horizontal, democratic dynamic, BIENALSUR disrupts the traditional rules of the art system and invites - in an open international call with a free theme - artists and curators from all over the world to present their projects. It is from there that the thematic axes of each biennial arise; the encounter becomes the catalyst for contemporary debates, such as "Migrations, transits and borders", one of the recurrent themes in the work of the participating artists, who display their art pieces from dissimilar gazes and poetics.
The impressive video of the American Bill Viola about life and death, in San Juan; the captivating Pistoletto circuit in the city of Buenos Aires that installed the utopia of art as a resource to modify society; the exchange of millenary knowledge between Japanese artists and the community of Quilmes, in Tucumán; Martha Rosler's powerful and prolonged feminism; art as a generator of a sense of belonging, no matter where we are, in the encounter of borders in “Together Apart”; or the imaginary and fantastic stories unfolded by Argentine and Arab artists in Ryiad gave shape to a most diverse programming.
The public has also witnessed works by David Lynch (United States), Reza Aramesh (Iran), Christian Boltanski (France), Cildo Meireles, Rosângela Rennó (Brazil), Teresa Margolles, Betsabeé Romero (Mexico), Edith Dekyndt (Germany), Makoto Azuma, Katsuhiko Hibino (Japan), Voluspa Jarpa (Chile), Pablo Reinoso, Eduardo Basualdo, Marie Orensanz, Leandro Erlich, Guillermo Kuitca and Eduardo Stupía (Argentina), among many other artists.