Jo BaerHow to (…) things that don’t exist06.09. - 07.12.2014
31st São Paulo Biennial
Jo Baer, *1929 in Seattle, Washington, USA,
lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Photo © Leo Eloy
Curated by Charles Esche, Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente and Oren Sagiv with associate curators Benjamin Seroussi and Luiza Proença
31st São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil
The title How to (…) things that don’t exist is a poetic invocation of art’s capacities and its ability to reflect and act upon life, power and belief.
The sentence has a variable formula in which the verbs constantly change, anticipating the actions that might make present in contemporary life the things that don’t exist, are not recognized, or have not yet been invented. Included are 81 projects and more than 100 participants, totalling around 250 artworks. The focus of the 31st Bienal is on contemporary conditions and how art projects can engage with and activate histories, individuals and communities today. The Biennial was shaped by a series of talks in different open meetings organized by the curatorial team across Brazil and other cities in Latin America and the world.