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29th São Paulo Biennial

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29th São Paulo Biennial, 2010. Poster .

'There is always a cup of sea to sail in': The 29th Sao Paulo Biennial

David Goldblatt, Kendell Geers and Moshekwa Langa at Bienal de Sao Paulo

The 29th Bienal de São Paulo is anchored in the notion that it is impossible to separate art from politics. Such impossibility is expressed in the fact that art is capable of blocking the sensorial coordinates through which we understand and inhabit the world by bringing into it themes and attitudes that did not previously fit in. The title chosen for the 29th Bienal de São Paulo, 'There is always a cup of sea to sail in' - a quotation borrowed from the Brazilian poet Jorge de Lima’s major work Invenção de Orfeu (1952) – epitomizes what the Bienal seeks to achieve: to assert that the utopian dimension of art is contained within itself, not without it or beyond it. It is in the 'cup of sea' – the near infinite where artists produce their work – that the power lies to move forward.

The exhibition is organised according to six issues relating to political thought and action through art. Unfolding within a poetic and integrated curatorial space, these six 'terrains' are as follows: 'The skin of the invisible'; 'Said, unsaid, forbidden'; 'I am the street'; 'Remembrance and oblivion'; 'Far away, right here'; and 'The other, the same'.

25 September - 12 December

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