Fine Art Visiting Tutor Marisol Malatesta has been selected to participate at the 10 Mercosul Biennial in Brazil. The exhibition takes place from the 23rd of October until the 6th of December in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
The 10th Mercosul Biennial curatorial project is titled Messages From a New America and focuses only on the art of Latin America, reigniting the initial mission expressed by Frederico Moraes, curator of the 1st Biennial, to “re-write the history of Latin American art from a non-Eurocentric perspective.” More than 20 years later, the Biennial has deeply reevaluated its political perspective by reconsidering the role it plays in the context of hundreds of Biennials existing today around the world. In order to make a more significant contribution to the field of exhibitions, especially those concerning the art of Latin America and including, but not limited to, its reception and legibility, the 10th exhibition brings to the forefront an extensive group of works representing the immense artistic contribution of the entire region.
With this innovative approach, the 10th Biennial exhibition includes more than 800 works of art that span from the early 18th century to the contemporary, carefully chosen by the curators to avoid the traditional model of Biennials that tends to prioritise national representation and new commissions over specific artworks.
In addition to realigning some canonical works and adjusting their historical context, the exhibition seeks to point to a number of “blind spots” in art history that have been neglected by historiography, criticism and the many curatorial endeavors related to Latin American art. The 10th Biennial also reconsiders critical perspectives on the history of exhibitions of the artistic production of Latin America, as well as a reevaluation of traditional curatorial models of large-scale exhibitions.
Chief Curator Mr. Fidelis said: “This Biennial goes against the grain by employing a radically different model for large-scale exhibitions. It also makes a political gesture by bringing together historical and contemporary works that would never have been considered affiliated by any means, challenging notions of canonicity, cultural hierarchy and historical priority. It will be a unique opportunity to see works that have never been together or connected by any means. It’s a one-time-only opportunity to see these works side by side in one single exhibition; they will probably never meet each other again due to the challenges of cultural diplomacy, conservation issues and logistics. This Biennial is the result of a collaboration of hundreds of museums, collectors, gallerists, individuals and other institutions that generously lent works to make an exhibition that otherwise would not have been possible.”