Although the pandemic does not appear to be winding down in Brazil, the Bienal de São Paulo, Latin America’s most important biennial, is plowing ahead with plans to mount its main exhibition in September. On Thursday, the biennial revealed an artist list for that show, which is being curated by a team led by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti.
The 91 artists included meditate in their work on what art can do during our challenging moment. The show is titled “Faz Escuro mas eu canto” (“Though it’s dark, still I sing”), a reference to a 1965 poem by Thiago de Mello, and was conceived prior to the onset of the pandemic.
“Throughout these months of work, surrounded by collapses of every sort, we have repeatedly asked ourselves what forms of art and ways of being in the world are possible and necessary now,” the curatorial team wrote in a statement. “As we move through dark times, what songs should we be listening to?”
The Bienal de São Paulo was originally expected to open in 2020. Its main show was delayed by the pandemic, though the biennial went through with a plan to expand its offerings, hosting a series of solo presentation in the run-up to its group exhibition. A solo exhibition of Ximena Garrido-Lecca and a performance by Neo Muyanga kicked off the biennial in 2020, and a group exhibition called “Vento” followed.
The artist list for the biennial follows below.
Abel RodríguezAdrián BalsecaAlfredo JaarAlice ShintaniAmie SiegelAna AdamovićAndrea FraserAntonio DiasArjan MartinsBeatriz Santiago MuñozBelkis AyonCarmela GrossCarolina Maria de JesusChristoforos SavvaClara IanniClaude CahunDaiara TukanoDaniel de PaulaDarcy LangeDeana LawsonE. B. ItsoEdurne RubioEleonora FabiãoEleonore KochEric BaudelaireFrida OrupaboGala Porras-KimGiorgio GriffaGiorgio MorandiGuan XiaoGustavo CabocoHanni KamalyHaris EpaminondaHélio OiticicaHsu Che-YuJacqueline NovaJaider EsbellJaune Quick-to-See SmithJoan JonasJosé Antonio Vega MacotelaJota MombaçaJungjin LeeJuraci DóreaKelly Sinnapah MaryKoki TanakaLasar SegallLawrence Abu HamdanLee “Scratch” PerryLeón FerrariLothar BaumgartenLuisa CunhaLydia OurahmaneLygia PapeMariana Caló and Francisco QueimadelaManthia DiawaraMarinella SenatoreMarissa Lee & David ReuterMauro RestiffeMelvin MotiMette EdvardsenMusa Michelle MattiuzziNalini MalaniNaomi Rincón GallardoNeo MuyangaNoa EshkolOlivia PlenderOscar TuazonPaulo KapelaPaulo NazarethPhilipp FleischmannPia ArkePierre VergerRegina SilveiraRoger BernartSebastián Calfuqueo AlisteSilke Otto-KnappSueli MaxacaliSung TieuTamara HendersonTrajal HarrellUýra SodomaVictor AnicetXimena Garrido-LeccaYuyachkaniYuko MohriZina Saro-Wiwa