Yes, it’s been a while since we updated you on some of the various biennale/biennials going on around the globe. If this upsets you – we’re sorry – it just that is takes a lot of time to be as fabulous and globe trotting as we are. We know you understand.
You only have another week to get your asses down to Chile to see ‘La Bienal del Fin del Mundo’. This Biennial, being a member of The international Biennial Association (IBA to us in the know), is an “important cultural event – with significant artistic, touristic, social, and regional as well as international repercussions. Born without limitations or boundaries, in the Southern Cone of America, sponsored by the Latin American Parliament St. Paul – with the aim of generating new and interdisciplinary opportunities for reflection on the problems of contemporaneity – within the framework of Culture and Education”.
In other words, they show art deep in the South of South America. The South Pole to be precise.The first edition of the End of the World Biennial was presented in 2007 in Ushuaia, capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego Province.
This got our attention because Biennial Project member Eric has been to this out-of-reach little city. His main activity there, besides looking at penguins, was mailing a letter at the post office on a dock so as to get the postmark ‘Ushuaia, del Fin del Mundo “.
This impressed the nurses at Eric’s father’s nursing home. However, Eric’s Dad – Mr. Hess – didn’t give a shit about this impressive postmark.
This year they up and moved the fourth edition of this Biennial to two Chilean cities, Valparaiso and Punta Arenas, as the Biennial enters a binational cooperation with Chile. Eric and Anna haven’t been to either of these places but would be open to travel. Chilean Men are hot!! (Eric says this. Anna swears by Argentinian men. As does Biennial Project world traveler Sonia Domkarova.)
(Above left – an Argentinian man, above right a Chilean man. You decide.)
This year 150 artists from 35 countries took a part in the Fin del Mundo Bienal. Among the participating artists include Argentines Liliana Porter, John Doffo and Andrés Denegri; Guatemalan Regina Galindo, Japanese Toshihiko Kato; American Joan Jonas; Israeli Karen Cytter and Italians Matteo and Marinella Senatore Basilé (Italy is the guest of honor). Go to bienaldelfindelmundo.org to read more about this or email questions, comments, suggestions and spam to[email protected].
Probably the most talked about upcoming Biennial taking place in the art world right now is the upcoming ArtVenice Biennale 3 (not to be confused with The Venice Biennale 56, another Biennale that happens to be taking place at the same time as ArtVenice Biennale 3). The greatest thing about this particular Biennale is that you can still tale a part in it!! We – The Bienniale Project – are sponsoring it, so you know it is ultra cool and post-hip. ArtVenice Biennale 3 is an online juried competition as well as a large screen digital presentation being held at a beautiful large gallery space in Venice, Italy during the Opening Week of The Venice Biennale 56, (that other Biennale we just mentioned). For information on how to enter and on the theme of Biennale in a Biennale (Biennale in un Biennale) go to http://biennialroadshow.com/?page_id=284 Don’t miss your chance at fame and fortune by forgetting to enter ArtVenice Biennale 3. It’s your chance to stir the conversation and direction of post contemporary art or ‘Post Art’. Don’t live with regret. Just enter this minute.
Finally, on the topic of off-beat Biennales we’d like to give a shout out to The Dharavi Biennale that is taking place February 15-March 7, 2015. Though this might not be the most prestigous art event of the decade we like it because we feel the art here, as well as the other activities, make more of a powerful local impact. It is not the type of art event which features world-class artists, collectors and curators nibbling on hor’derves and drinking wine spriters talking in ‘art speak’. Nope, because Dharavi is located in one of the worst slums of Mumbai India.
Nope, because Dharavi is located in one of the worst slums of Mumbai India. Dharavi Biennale is a three year art + health + recycling festival with a series of several stand alone workshops called Artboxes. All the Artboxes will come together in the Alley Galli Biennale. The overarching theme is recycling: artworks will use recycled materials and will address the health effects of recycled behaviors. The Dharavi Biennale wants to give emerging local artists the opportunity to consolidate their conceptual, practical and leadership skills, bring in new participants, engage more deeply with health issues, and emphasize sustainability. Besides the Artboxes, many different events will be scheduled – such as puppets shows, cooking demonstrations, mural painting, music, plays, and films (including one film called Indefensible Space which is a participatory film on toilets in regards to women’s safety issues). There is even a Hindi version of The Vagina Monologues. Their slogan is Free and Easy which basically sums up our outlook and perhaps our sex lives. (Eric’s, not Anna’s. Anna has no sex life. She has taken a vow of chastity until she loses 30 lbs.) For more information (on thie Dharavi Biennale) go to: