Artistic and Academic Direction
Coordination of Institutional
International Advisory Council
Florencia Battiti (ARG)
Lionel Bovier (CHE)
Tadeu Chiarelli (BRA)
Estrella De Diego (ESP)
Albertine de Galbert (FRA)
Néstor García Canclini (ARG/MEX)
Andrés Duprat (ARG)
Ticio Escobar (PRY)
Fernando Farina (ARG)
Abdellah Karroum (MAR/ARE)
Jeanine Meerapfel (DEU)
Hans Ulrich Obrist (CHE/GBR)
Rodrigo Quijano (PER)
Ivonne Pini (ARG)
Liliana Piñeiro (ARG)
Marie-Cécil Zinsou (BEN)
BIENALSUR is the first International Biennial of Contemporary Art of South America. With the South American territory as its exhibition space, it has been taking place since 2016. Focused on the artistic and intellectual creative process, the first edition of BIENALSUR concentrated its exhibitions between September and December 2017.
Through contemporary art, BIENALSUR simultaneously has connected over 32 cities from 16 countries and gathered more than 350 artists and curators from the 5 continents. The exhibitions are held in different museums, cultural centers and iconic buildings and areas of the public space.
Conceived on the basis of a global network of institutional collaboration that erases distances and borders and upholds singularity in diversity, BIENALSUR proposes a vast territory built upon the perspective of a "Global South".
Over 95% of the works of this first edition of the Biennial were selected after a careful process that included two international open calls. These free open calls invited artists and curators to conceive specific original projects. More than 2,500 proposals from 78 countries were submitted. The calls revealed the recurrent presence of projects in active conversation with each other both inside and outside the world of art.
The professionals responsible for this project are specialists in the management of public spaces for training and development with focus on art and culture.
Organized by the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) of the Argentine Republic, BIENALSUR has UNTREF Rector Aníbal Jozami as its General Director and Diana Wechsler as its Artistic and Academic Director.
Listed below in alphabetical order are the members of the International Advisory Council: Florencia Battiti (Argentina), Lionel Bovier (Switzerland), Tadeu Chiarelli (Brazil), Estrella De Diego (Spain), Albertine de Galbert (France), Néstor García Canclini (Argentina / Mexico), Andrés Duprat (Argentina), Ticio Escobar (Paraguay), Fernando Farina (Argentina), Abdellah Karroum (Morocco/ United Arab Emirates), Fábio Magalhães (Brazil), Jeanine Meerapfel (Germany), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Switzerland/ United Kingdom), Rodrigo Quijano (Peru), Ivonne Pini (Colombia), Liliana Piñeiro (Argentina) and Marie-Cécil Zinsou (Benin).
Aníbal Jozami is a sociologist specialized in International Relations, a businessman and an art collector. He is the Rector of the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero and the Director of the museums of the same university. In 1993, Jozami founded the Foro del Sur Foundation, a nongovernmental organization whose mission is to gather political, business and academic leaders to formulate state policies for South America. In 2015 the culture ministers of the South American countries appointed him to organize, promote and direct the first International Biennial of Contemporary Art of South America, BIENALSUR. BIENALSUR.
Diana Wechsler is an Argentine researcher and curator. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History and she is a CONICET researcher. She directs the “Dr. Norberto Griffa” Institute for Research of Art and Culture and the Master’s Degree in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies of the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero. She is the Deputy Director of the museums of the same university. She is a Chair Professor of Argentine Art at the UBA and has published books and articles on her speciality and curated exhibitions in institutions of Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Germany, Mexico, etc. She has received awards for Curatorial Studies and Art Essays from AICA and for Scientific Production from the Argentine Senate.