BIENALSUR at the Paris Peace Forum 2019


From 11 to 13 November, during the second edition of the Paris Peace Forum, BIENALSUR (the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of South America) presented its unique model of biennial, which through new dynamics contributes to integration, inclusion, coexistence and respect for diversity.

At the meeting in Paris, which brings together more than 70 heads of state, the host president, Emmanuel Macron; Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission; and the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, recalled the importance of international cooperation.

The main authorities of the biennial, Aníbal Jozami, director general of BIENALSUR and rector of the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF); and Diana Wechsler, artistic-academic director of BIENALSUR, presented the project, which has been selected by the Forum among more than 700 proposals received from 115 countries.

«We are proud that an initiative coming from a public university was the only one selected from Argentina to take part in this meeting that brings together specialists and the world media. In a moment rocked by conflicts, explosions against inequalities and the resurgence of currents that put democracies at risk, BIENALSUR offers, from a cultural standpoint, the possibility of creating geopolitical action that puts the creation of art at the service of dialogue and respect for differences», emphasized Aníbal Jozami, who was chosen to debate on "The Dialogue of the Arts" with the French Minister of Culture, Franck Riester; the Minister of Culture of the United Arab Emirates, Noura Bint Mohammed Al Kaabi; the Director of the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Marina Loshak; and Thomas Kaplan, President of the Electrum Group.

The Paris Peace Forum, held in the Grande Halle de La Villette, was born in 2018 with the intention of confronting the constant challenges posed by the planet today and acting as an incubator for concrete solutions to global governance.