XXIV Bienal de São Paulo: Anthropophagy and Cannibalism Histories
We are pleased to announce the symposium ‘XXIV Bienal de
São Paulo: Anthropophagy and Cannibalism Histories’, organised
by Escola São
Paulo in collaboration with Afterall and Central Saint Martins.
Conceived and organised by Lisette Lagnado, this
symposium will serve as working platform for a book by Lagnado
dedicated to the 24th Bienal de São Paulo, as part of
Histories book series. This edition of the Bienal,
which took place in 1998 and was curated by Paulo Herkenhoff, has
become an international reference in the curatorial field.
The symposium will have contributions from Fabio Cypriano, Pablo
Lafuente, Lisette Lagnado, Mirtes Marins de Oliveira, Tania Rivera
and Renato Sztutman.
‘XXIV Bienal de São Paulo: Anthropophagy and Cannibalism
Saturday 13 April 10:30-18:00
Escola São Paulo
room 1 | 6 hours
Rua Augusta, 2074
This event is organised by Escola São Paulo in
collaboration with Afterall and Central Saint Martins, and
is part of the Exhibition Histories research and
publication project, developed by Afterall in association with the
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna; the Center for Curatorial Studies,
Bard College; and Van Abbemuseum. Exhibition
Historiesare distributed by Koenig
Image: Raul Loureiro and Rodrigo Cerviño Lopez, poster for
the XXIV Bienal de São Paulo, 1998, detail.
Paulo Herkenhoff will discuss his curatorial project for the
XXIV Bienal de São Paulo (1998). Herkenhoff used the cultural
concept of 'antropofagia' (cannibalism) as the basis for an
international exhibition that is today considered as a landmark in
the history of biennials.
This event is part of Afterall's research and publication
project Exhibition Histories, which focuses on exhibitions
of contemporary art from the past fifty years that have changed the
way art is seen and made.
Talk introduced by Mark Nash, Head of Department of Curating
Contemporary Art, RCA. Chaired by Teresa Gleadowe, Series Editor,
Exhibition Histories, Afterall.
A collaboration between Afterall, the RCA and TrAIN.
As Vilém Flusser put it in 1969, the Bienal de São Paulo is a
stubborn fact.1 Its recurrence since the first edition in 1951
lends it a semblance of perpetuity, and it is now a cultural event
that might be described in terms of 'always'...
The second book in Afterall’s Exhibition Histories series focuses on the third edition of the Bienal de La Habana, which took place in 1989, and interrogates the ways in which this exhibition extended the global territory of contemporary art and redefined the biennial model.