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Fundação Bienal de São Paulo Reveals Theme and Initial Artist List For 35th edition

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Philip Rizk. Terrible Sounds, 2022. Film still. Image courtesy of the artist


Fundação Bienal de São Paulo has unveiled the theme, initial artist list and curatorial council of the upcoming 35th Bienal de São Paulo.

Entitled choreographies of the impossible, this edition brings together artistic practices from around the world that challenge the notion that freedom, justice and equality are impossible achievements while proposing alternatives to our current political, legal, economic and social reality.

The foundation has also announced a selection of practitioners who will take part in the 35th Bienal de São Paulo, consisting of 37 artists, four duos and two collectives. Names from the Middle East and Arab world include Anna Boghiguian, Nadir Bouhmouch and Soumeya Ait Ahmed, Bouchra Ouizguen, Philip Rizk and Mounira Al Solh. See the list below:

Aline Motta
Ana Pi e Taata Kwa Nkisi Mutá Imê
Anna Boghiguian
Ayrson Heráclito e Tiganá Santana
Bouchra Ouizguen
Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro
Daniel Lie
Dayanita Singh
Deborah Anzinger
Denilson Baniwa
Duane Linklater
Elda Cerrato
Elizabeth Catlett
Ellen Gallagher
Frente 3 de Fevereiro
Gabriel Gentil Tukano
Geraldine Javier
Igshaan Adams
Inaicyra Falcão
Julien Creuzet
Leilah Weinraub
Luiz de Abreu
Manuel Chavajay
Marilyn Boror Bor
Mounira Al-Solh
Nadal Walcott
Nadir Bouhmouch e Soumeya Ait Ahmed
Niño de Elche
Nontsikelelo Mutiti
Pauline Boudry e Renate Lorenz
Philip Rizk
Rolando Castellón
Rosana Paulino
Sammy Baloji
Santu Mofokeng
Sarah Maldoror
stanley brouwn
Tejal Shah
The Living and the Dead Ensemble
Torkwase Dyson
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Wifredo Lam

The complete list will include over 100 participants and will be released in the first half of 2023.

The curatorial collective of the edition consists of Diane Lima, Grada Kilomba, Hélio Menezes and Manuel Borja-Villel. A curatorial council has been appointed to complement the research of the curatorial collective and encompasses Omar Berrada, Sandra Benites, Sol Henaro and Thomas Jean Lax.

The 35th Bienal de São Paulo will take place from 6 September to 10 December.