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8th Mercosul Biennial
10 September - 15 November 2011


8th Mercosul Biennial, 2011

José Roca

José Roca

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Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul Ado Malagoli - MARGS

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Title: Essays on Geopoetics

On 9 August 2010 the Mercosul Biennial Foundation announced José Roca as the chief curator of the 8th Mercosul Biennial, set to take place in Porto Alegre from September to November 2011.

As José Roca stated, he believes that the Mercosul Biennial has from the outset had a Latin American vocation and an international profile that needs to be consolidated. "If we consider the Biennial as along-term project of cultural policy, it is logical that its positioning strategy has so far been from the outside inwards. Having achieved this international position, we have reached the right moment for intensifying the relationship with the local, particularly the Brazilian scene, of Rio Grande do Sul and Porto Alegre," states Roca.

The curatorial proposal he has devised for the 8th edition of the Biennial aims to address territoriality from geographical, political and cultural perspectives, and will include notions of locality, territory, mapping and frontier, the Mercosul as a geopolitical construct, the supranational organisations of the region and the city of Porto Alegre as a place to be discovered and activated through art. The chief curator aims to apply this concept through exhibitions and other activation strategies.

For more information, including the members of the new Mercosul Biennial Foundation Administrative Board, please see the complete >> Press release

José Roca

José Roca, Chief curator
* 1962 Barranquilla, Colombia. Lives in Bogotá, Colombia.
See the >> biography

Curatorial team:

Pablo Helguera

Pablo Helguera, educational curator
* 1971 Mexico City, Mexico. Lives in New York, USA. Visual artist and educator. See also:
- Pablo Helguera, UiU index of artists
- http://pablohelguera.net

Cauê Alves

Cauê Alves, adjunct curator
* 1977 São Paulo, Brazil; lives there. Curator; professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de São Paulo.

Paola Santoscoy

Paola Santoscoy, adjunct curator
* 1974 Mexico City, Mexico; lives there. She curated the central exhibition of the Biennial of the Americas in Denver, USA: The Nature of Things.

Alexia Tala

Alexia Tala, adjunct curator
* 1966 Santiago de Chile. Lives in Chile. Works in Chile and as visiting professor in several art institutions in Great Britain.

Fernanda Albuquerque

Fernanda Albuquerque, curatorial assistant
* 1978 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lives in São Paulo and Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Aracy Amaral, guest curator

The Brazilian curator and historian Aracy Amaral has joined the team as guest curator. She will organise the exhibition Morada ao Sul (Living in the South), a critical view of the landscape of southern Brazil with exhibits from local collections and works by contemporary artists. Venue: MARGS, Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art.

Universes in Universe has worked together with José Roca since 1998. Projects featured in UiU:

Columna de Arena
Art from Colombia, Latin America and elsewhere. Column by José Roca, including some other authors. Published 1998 - 2005 by Universes in Universe.

27th São Paulo Biennial, 2006
7 Oct. - 17 Dec. 2006, Brazil. Chief curator: Lisette Lagnado. Co-curators: Cristina Freire, Rosa Martínez, Adriano Pedrosa, José Roca. Guest curator: Jochen Volz. 119 artists and groups.

25 March - 30 April 2007, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Curators: Jorge Díez, José Roca. 16 participants from Latin America and Spain.

Philagrafika 2010
29 Jan. - 11 April 2010, Philadelphia, USA. First edition of this triennial, presenting print as a vital force in contemporary art. Artistic Director, Chief Curator: José Roca. 300 participants in 88 art institutions in Philadelphia.

8 March - 15 April 2010, Valparaíso, Chile. Curators: Jorge Díez, José Roca. Guest curator: Paulina Varas. Interventions in the public space by 24 artists and groups from Latin America and Spain.


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8ª Bienal do Mercosul

10 September -
15 November 2011
Opening: 9 Sept. 2011

Porto Alegre, Brazil

Chief curator:
José Roca

Educational curator:
Pablo Helguera

Adjunct curators:
Cauê Alves
Paola Santoscoy
Alexia Tala

Curatorial assistant:
Fernanda Albuquerque

Guest curator:
Aracy Amaral

>> Press release
Chief curator announced.
9 Aug. 2010

>> Official website