Biennials, Triennials, and documenta and Cultural Anthropophagy Joint Launch

Biennials, Triennials, and documenta and Cultural Anthropophagy joint launch with Anthony Gardner and Pablo Lafuente

Join us for the joint launch of Biennials, Triennials, and documenta: The Exhibitions that Created Contemporary Art, by Anthony Gardner and Charles Green, and Cultural Anthropophagy: The 24th Bienal de São Paulo 1998, co-edited by Lisette Lagnado and Pablo Lafuente at The Showroom, London.

Gardner and Lafuente will be joined by Yaiza Hernández to consider the increasing emergence of large-scale, international exhibitions against the context of neoliberal globalisation. The case studies included amongst this trajectory – such as the second Bienal de Habana (1986), the Whitney Biennial (1993) and Documenta 11 (2002) – and an analysis of the growing roles of sponsors, philanthropists and biennial directors, help illustrate the burgeoning global, political and cultural concerns that accompany art today. Placing the 24th Bienal de São Paulo (1998) within such a history, including its emphases on ‘contamination’ and ‘cannibalisation’, will provide the opportunity to test how its particular approach complicates or complements art’s shifting conditions of production, curation and display.

Biennials, Triennials, and documenta and Cultural Anthropophagy joint launch with Anthony Gardner and Pablo Lafuente

Monday 10 October, 19:00–20:30
The Showroom
63 Penfold Street
London
NW8 8PQ

An audio recording is available from The Showroom's site here.

This event is organised by Afterall in collaboration with The Showroom. Biennials, Triennials, and documenta: The Exhibitions that Created Contemporary Art is published by Wiley Blackwell, 2016. Cultural Anthropophagy: The 24th Bienal de São Paulo 1998 is published by Afterall Books in association with the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, 2015.