São Paulo Biennial Title Announced

Hélio Menezes, Grada Kilomba, Diane Lima and Manuel Borja-Villel. Photo: © Levi Fanan. Courtesy Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

The four curators of the 35th Bienal de São Paulo, which will open in September next year, have announced a title. Working under the banner coreografias do impossível (choreographies of the impossible) – with a voguish allergy to title case – the collective of Diane Lima, Grada Kilomba, Hélio Menezes and Manuel Borja-Villel say they are ‘interested in the rhythms, tools, strategies, and technologies, as well as in all symbolic, economic and juridical procedures that extra-disciplinary knowledges are able to promote’.

Their introductory curatorial text continues: ‘As a curatorial proposal, choreographies of the impossible enunciates a space of experimentation – open to the dances of the unimaginable – that embodies movements capable of transforming what is apparently non-existent into existent. This idea of a choreography is based on the enigmatic nature of the artistic fact and, thus, on everything that is neither worn out nor evident, but rather on what can be named as secret, mystery or as the infinite itself. These are resilient elements, and therefore elements of rupture, of an attempt at freedom, consequently.’

Lima is an independent curator; Kilomba, an artist and writer; Hélio Menezes is an anthropologist and curator; and Manuel Borja-Villel is director of the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. 

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