Federal Ministry of Culture, Rio Grande do Sul State Department of Culture, Tourism, Sport & Leisure and Santander present:
6ª Mercosur Biennial
The 6th Mercosur Biennial, which took place from September to November 2007, marks a new stage in the history of the Mercosur Biennials. This edition opted for a curatorial model which intensified the internationalization of the exhibition and applied a careful educational program throughout its entire organization.
The 6th Mercosur Biennial, which took place from September to November 2007, marks a new stage in the history of the Mercosur Biennials. This edition opted for a curatorial model which intensified the internationalization of the exhibition and applied a careful educational program throughout its entire organization. One of the administration´s main challenges was to expand the event´s community contributions beyond the art exhibitions. Under the chief curatorship of Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, the curatorial project was devised based on the educational propositions developed by the education curator, Luis Camnitzer, who believes that the spectator should be seen as a creative person and not just as a passive receptor of information. An innovative reconfiguration of the Mercosur Biennial education program was therefore established, which has been seen as a contribution to the debate about art education in Brazil and should become a global reference point in events with the same format. The adoptions of metaphor based on the famous story by Guimarães Rosa, entitle “The Third Shore of the River” permeated the work of all areas involved in the organization. The Third Shore symbolizes changing perspectives, the possibility of creating a third way of perceiving reality. Consisting of six exhibitions, the event occupied three exhibition spaces: MARGS Q Museu de Artes do Rio Grande do Sul, Santander Cultural and the Quayside Warehouses. The 6th Mercosur Biennial curatorial project involved 350 works by 67 artists from 23 countries in the following exhibitions: - Monographic exhibitions by three major figures representing different periods in Latin American art history: Oyvind Fahlström, Francisco Matto and Jorge Macchi. - Conversations: artists from Mercosur countries inviting other artists based on artistic affinity. An exhibition which explores cultural geography through the specific relationships between works of art. - Free Zone: a series of projects selected by a team of international curators, based solely on criteria of quality, relevance and contemporaneity. - Three Frontiers: artists from different countries were taken to the triple border region between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, to reflect upon the complexity of international relations between the Mercosur countries. The experience became the basis for creating work especially for the Biennial - The Education Program: Education Program activities started in April 2007, with the organization of the first Art Education Symposium and the start of distribution of the Educational Material to libraries and teachers in the Rio Grande do Sul public and private education network. This material was the basis for a series of actions involving teachers from state schools and the private sector. A mediator-training course was also organized, together with open public lectures with artists and curators before the exhibitions opened, the International Art Education Symposium, free transport for state-school students and charitable organizations and the Dialogs project Q which involved the local art community. The 6th Biennial was visited by more than 500,000 people during the 79 days that it was open to the public. More than 160,000 students from 172 cities were booked for guided visits. The Education Program organized 55 teacher-training meetings in 42 cities in Rio Grande do Sul and four cities in Santa Catarina in 2007, training 7570 teachers and educators from 348 municipalities. In December of the same year, the Mercosur Biennial Foundation organized the exhibition entitled A Biennial for All ! stories and contributions, which used videos, texts, photographs and diagrams to demonstrate the results achieved by the 6th Mercosur Biennial. The exhibition took place in Santander Cultural and was visited by 9724 people during the two weeks that it was open. The 6th Mercosur Biennial also began a Social Responsibility Report, the publication of which is a way of presenting accounts to the community, promoting transparency of management actions, sharing information about the investments made and the contributions the project brings to the communities it serves. The report also presents a description of the Mercosur Biennial Foundation activities and its commitment to the sustainability of the Mercosur Biennial project.
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Curador-geral Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro Programa Educativo Luis Camnitzer Mostras Monográficas Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro Mostra Conversas Alejandro Cesarco Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro Mostra Zona Franca Moacir dos Anjos Inés Katzenstein Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro Luis Pérez-Oramas Mostra Três Fronteiras Ticio Escobar Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro
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