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The 57th Venice Biennale “Viva Arte Viva” welcomes Latin American artists

Posted on March - 21 - 2017

Biennale. Photo Courtesy of: Universe in Universe

This year in the month of May the biggest art exhibition will take place on its 57th. edition in the historical city of Venice. Thousands of eager spectators will flock the historical city to presence the work of international artists. As the past Biennale, “All the World’s Futures” guided by curator Okwui Enwezor was aimed at evaluating the global landscape with a critical and outlook, this edition titled “Viva Arte Viva” and curated by Christine Macel will have a more humanistic approach. The exhibition will explore the dimensions of art as the most valuable of human production and on the work and process of artists in the hopes to engage more directly and intimately with the spectators.

The Biennale released the list of participating artists, which includes 120 international artists of whom 103 are joining for the first time. The list ranges from “rediscovered” artists to very young newcomers like Filipino artists Katherine Nuñez (1991) and Issay Rodriguez (1992). Among them, 13 hail from Latin America including established and famed artists like Ernesto Neto, Gabriel Orozco, Liliana Porter and the great and late Nicolás García Uriburu. This year is a special occasion since Guatemalan-born artists, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa graces the ranks with his prolific and critical production.

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa. Photo Courtesy of: The Independent

The list includes:

Paulo Bruscky, Brazil 1949, lives and works in Recife.

Martín Cordiano, Argentina 1975, lives and works in London

Sebastían Días Morales, Argentina 1975, lives and works in Amsterdam

Nicolás García Uriburu, Argentina 1937 – 2016

Cynthia Gutiérrez, México 1978, lives and works in Guadalajara

Ayrson Heráclito, Brazil 1968, lives and works in Salvador

Ernesto Neto, Brazil 1964, lives and works in Rio de Janeiro

Gabriel Orozco, Mexico 1962, lives and works in Tokyo

Liliana Porter, Argentina 1941, lives and works in New York

Enríque Ramírez, Chile 1978, lives and works in Paris and Santiago

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Guatemala 1978, lives and works in Berlin

Zilia Sánchez, Cuba 1926, lives and works in San Juan

Erika Verzutti, Brazil 1971, lives and works in São Paulo

The Biennale is posting short videos of each artist that portray in an intimate manner their creative process or how they see their personal work. We find Sebastian Diaz Morales’s presentations stunning and enthralling. (Youtube video). Be sure to follow the progress of the Bienal and the works of every artist. In Scoop Art can’t wait until the curtain is unveiled.

By: Gabriela Martínez de la Hoz

Sebastian Diaz Morales. Photo Courtesy of: carlier/gebauer