THE OPEN CALL FOR BIENALSUR 2021 HAS CLOSED

2020/06/15

The more than 5,500 projects received will be evaluated in the upcoming months.
The pre-selected proposals will be announced as of August.


From February 15 th to June 15 th , 2020 the General and Artistic Direction of BIENALSUR launched the Open Call for the third edition of the International Biennial of Contemporary Art organized by the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero. Along this time, more than 5,500 artists and curators from all over the world, without any restrictions of nationality, age or background, submitted works and research projects within the scope of contemporary theories on art and culture to contribute to reflecting upon, problematizing or offering other views and approaches to a diversity of life experiences of this time. 

"When all of this began, we asked ourselves - as I believe everyone does in relation to the different activities they conduct - whether it made any sense to continue on the path towards the third edition of BIENALSUR and we soon decided that it did. And we did so not only because thousands of artists from more than 100 countries wrote to inquire about the projects already submitted and their future, but also, and essentially,

because BIENALSUR was the creation of a global event that - more than ever - is important to pursue because we are facing a world that is closing down, and not only for sanitary reasons, which could be logical, but also from a political point of view. We are facing a world that has been unable to come up with a joint strategy between various countries to fight the pandemic; one in which we are proving to be increasingly

estranged from one another; one in which it would be absurd to deny that inequalities will increase and, above all, problems will escalate in regard to cultural diversity. In many countries, forms of xenophobia, racism and contempt for the needy are being recreated. And within this framework and in relation to BIENALSUR, a project based on the promotion of the right to culture and diversity, we understood that it was more than

logical to move forward and undertake the 2021 edition in order to continue working for the democratization of art and culture so that they can reach the great majority of the people"; said Aníbal Jozami, General Director of BIENALSUR and Rector of UNTREF.

On the way to the third edition of BIENALSUR, even within the context of a pandemic and a virtually global quarantine, we received projects from the five continents, from countries such as Afghanistan, Mozambique, Australia, Germany, Bangladesh, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Lebanon, Japan, the United Kingdom and, of course, Argentina, as well as Brazil, Canada, Colombia, South Korea, Egypt, the United States,

Peru and Venezuela, among many others. Thus, we continue working to contribute from the south of the world to the creation of a cultural citizenship and to the defense of the human right of access to culture.

The Curatorial Committee is now beginning the evaluation phase of the projects. The pre-selected projects will be announced in August 2020.

We continue at BIENALSUR!