|Objectives and Curatorial Project|
Thematic and Conceptual Emphasis
The general curator Federico Morais proposes to commence with this Biennial the urgent task of rewriting the history of art from a Latin American perspective and thereby to oppose the dominant Euro-American vision. This objective is established not only through diverse exhibits but also through an intense interchange of experiences and projects.
Morais begins with the premise that Latin American art contains three principal currents: the constructive, the political and the fantastic. The first two are handled in this Biennial. The third, according to Morais, plays a role principally in Mexico, Colombia and in Andean areas whereas constructive art is particularly prominent in the Cono Sul region and is therefore very significant in Brazil.
The Biennial is conceptualized in four sections:
Comprehensive exhibit of Constructive Art: Constructive Universalism; Concretos - Invencionistas, Madistas and Kinetic artists from Argentina; Brazilian Concrete and Neo-Concrete artists; group Espacio y Forma; Kinetic artists from Venezuela.
Latin American Design
Morais writes that everyday life in Latin America is penetrated with socio-economic problems and with the political. For this reason it is natural that art and politics go hand in hand. The artworks show references to social and political reality and are presented within groups and artistic initiatives that have a social commitment.
The image of Latin America, maps, artistic accounts of travels and expeditions.
Latin American Art in Brazilian Collections
A panorama emphasizing the principal artists, tendencies, movements and groups.
The Last Five Years
Works created by emerging artists between 1995 and 1997.
Homage to a Latin American Artist and Theoretician
For this first Biennial: Alejandro Xul Solar (1887 - 1963), Argentina.
2. Interventions in the City
Sculptures in Public Places
Works in the urban spaces of Porto Alegre completed with materials given by local industries.
Works in parks, uncultivated landscapes, disactivated factories, abandoned buildings, facades, the port, etc. Employing diverse techniques and mediums of expression. Also special works on the Internet.
The Imaginary of the City
Appropriations and recreations. Artists explore the imaginary object of the city in areas of deprivation and within the formal economy: work groups, furniture, decorative objects, clothing, flags, etc.
3. Seminars and Courses
See International Seminars
4. Didactic Activities
Special programs for children, scholars, and the general public. Workshops with art students and emerging artists. Courses for docent training and the extension of courses and exhibits into other spaces within the state of Rio Grande do Sul.