Organized by the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) in Buenos Aires (Argentina), more specifically by its rector and art passionate (and collector) Aníbal Jozami – and the event creative director Diana Wechsler –, the first edition of the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of South America – better known as Bienalsur – is conceived on the basis of a global network of institutional collaboration that erases distances and borders, as well as upholds singularity in diversity.
Following that philosophy, it has set a precedent that may change how we think of these events. Biennales were originally created to concentrate art from all around the globe in just one city, a worldwide known place of reference where all art lovers and professionals could meet. So what’s Bienalsur done so differently? It’s just basically destroyed this concept by atomizing the exhibitions and spreading them over thirty-two cities from sixteen different countries, from Bogotá to Madrid, to Ouidah, Paris and Tokyo.
In addition to starting what may become a kind of revolution, Bienalsur aims to shine a light on the importance of South America as a creative continent, full of nuances and richness. By making the world inevitably look and focus on what’s going on there – creating what could be called ‘the big South’, since most of the cities are from there, including Lima, Santiago de Chile, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo and Quito, among others –, the team behind the biennale expects to and fights for the international recognition it deserves.