Curated by Christine Macel, the 17' Venice Biennale will be held between May 13th and Nov. 26th, with the theme "Viva Arte Viva". The exhibit will display work from 85 artists and this year will differ from its usual theme oriented exhibit to focus on each artist's work. It is "a Biennale designed with the artists, by the artist, and for the artists."
Among the selected artists, five Brazilians are representing the country: Ernesto Neto, his second show at the Venice Biennale, Paulo Bruscky, Ayrson Heráclito, Erika Verzutti, and Cinthia Marcelle. Cinthia's work was selected by Jochen Volz to fully occupy the Brazilian Pavilion. Such an honor happened for the last time in 2011, when Artur Barrio had the Portuguese Pavilion dedicated to this art.
Learn more about some of the artists:
Born in Recife, Pernambuco state, Paulo Bruscky started working with drawings and paintings. In the 1970's Brusky was recognized as one of the renovators of Recife's contemporary art scene with his work with Postal-Art, and photographic and video art pieces.
His performance will open the Biennale. The artist will arrive in Italy with 26 crates and 30 helpers in worker outfits. In their way to the Biennale, they will "parade" through the cities channels in two gondolas. His work will be assembled in the exhibits entrance and it portrays the message "Arte se embala como quiser". (playing with the different meaning of the verb "embalar", which can mean "to rock" - as in a boat - or to "to pack").
His book PoesivaViva caught Ms. Macel's interest and influenced the 57th Biennale theme.
Bienalle Arte 2017 - Paulo Bruscky: https://goo.gl/Yz6nfZ
More about Paulo Brusky (in Portuguese):
A professor of Fine Arts at the Recôncavo da Bahia Federal University, Ayrson Heráclito developed his work around photography, performance and installations. The artist frequently portrays elements of the Afro-Brazilian culture using unusual materials such as popcorn, sugar and seeds. Ayrson Heráclito sees art as healing.
A follower of the Candomblé religion for 20 years, Ayrson states that Brazil needs to "exorcise the ghosts of its colonial society" that have been haunting the country for so long.
In his work at the Bienal, the piece Sacudimentos was created partially in Bahia and partially in Senegal. It remits to rituals performed by followers of African religions.
More about Ayrson Heráclito (in Portuguese)
Bienalle Arte - Ayrson Heráclito: https://goo.gl/xMkTME
More about the Venice Biennale here.
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