The Ministry of Tourism, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo and Itaú present the 34th Bienal de São Paulo and announce the extention of the 34th Bienal program until the end of 2021.
This moves the 35th São Paulo Bienal to 2023.
In a press release, the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo announced:
In light of the challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic has imposed on the world, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo announces that the group exhibition of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo – Though it’s dark, still I sing will take place from September 4 to December 5 2021, at the Bienal Pavilion. Therefore, the current edition of the Bienal, which launched its public activities in February 2020, will extend until the end of next year.
The curators say, “Operating like another one of these statements, more than as a theme, the title of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo, Faz escuro mas eu canto, is a line of verse by the Amazonian poet Thiago de Mello, published in 1965. By means of this line, the 34th Bienal recognizes the urgency of the problems that challenge life in our current world, while asserting the necessity of art as a field of encounter, resistance, rupture and transformation. Ever since we found this poetic phrase, the cauldron of problems that embroil us has been thickening: from the forest fires in the Amazon that darkened the skies of São Paulo to the mournings and lockdowns brought on by the pandemic, along with the current political, social and economic crises. Throughout these months of work, surrounded by collapses of every sort, we have repeatedly asked ourselves what forms of art and ways of being in the world are possible and necessary now. As we move through dark times, what songs should we be listening to?”
By modifying this edition’s format, expanding it even further over time, the Fundação Bienal and the curatorial team recognize the profound impact of the pandemic and the health, economic, political and social crises it has intensified, while, at the same time, understanding that encounters with art and culture are fundamental to society collectively processing and expressing its grief, anxiety, fear and trauma.
The change was proposed by the Board of Directors after careful deliberation with the curators and members of the Governing Board and the International Advisory Board, and then approved by the Governing Board in a board meeting held on June 30, 2020. On the same occasion, it was also decided that the Bienal timeline would resume it’s biannual programming from 2021, meaning that exhibitions will be held in odd-numbered years, so that the 35th Bienal de São Paulo will take place in 2023 and bi-annually thereafter.
The curatorial team of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo – Though it’s dark, still I sing is composed of Jacopo Crivelli Visconti (chief curator), Paulo Miyada (adjunct curator) and Carla Zaccagnini, Francesco Stocchi and Ruth Estévez (guest curators). Together, the team has conceived the 34th Bienal as a “processual” exhibition, which aims to present and problematize works, artists and issues central to contemporary art production and contemporary society, while also reflecting on the process of the conception and realization of an event of such a scale. In line with the methodology of an exhibition which is built and strengthened in steps, the need to rethink rhythms and models is now incorporated into the curatorial process, which will be further detailed soon.
34th Bienal de São Paulo – Though it’s dark, still I sing Group exhibition
September 4 to December 5, 2021
Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, Parque Ibirapuera