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13th INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE BIENALLE OF SÃO PAULO

CROSSINGS

‘The image is needed to recover the identity, it has to become visible, because the face of one is the reflection of the other, the body of one is the reflection of the other and in each one the reflection of all bodies. Invisibility is at the root of the loss of identity.’ (Beatriz Nascimento in an excerpt from the film Ori. Free Translation).

The International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo has been held by theIABsp since 1973 and has established itself as one of the most significant events forthe debate and critical development on Brazilian architecture and territory.

For its 13th edition, that happens between May 21 and July 10, 2022, an International Co Curatorship Call was opened, which had as the winner the proposal of the Travessias (Crossings) team, formed by nine brazilian members from different areas of performance and that, together with the resident curator, Sabrina Fontenele, have been thinking about the current edition.

The Co-Curatorship Call launched as a central issue the theme of reconstruction, in the face of the intense transformations in spaces and social dynamics brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. And, to support this reflection, the following preliminary guiding axes were proposed: democracy, bodies, memory, information and ecology.

The curatorial approach suggested by the Travessias (Crossings) team understands that the COVID 19 pandemic reinforces socio-spatial inequalities that were already established in the country and in the global sphere. From this perspective, the idea of reconstruction in debate launches a reflection on the dynamics inherent in the production of spaces. It understands, therefore, that these are structures marked by fragmentation, discontinuities and simultaneities, both physical and symbolic, whose origins are rooted in the violent processes of colonization and are marked by  historical inequalities and erasures, which provoke numerous manifestations of oppression – such as racism, sexism, ableism and coloniality – in Brazil and in several territories around the world.

The extremely fragmented Brazilian territories are sewn together like a patchwork quilt and the 13th Biennale represents a possibility to cross it and to present both the sharing of possible urbanities and the opportunity for the reinterpretation of ancestral collective memories. Based on Maria Beatriz Nascimento’s concept of crossings, the curatorial team of the 13th Biennale seeks to investigate what remains of the colonial past and the diasporas, and what changes in the displacement of populations around the world. Whether on the daily commute from home to work, or on forced or spontaneous migrations between Orients and Occidents. What remains, what stays?

The crossings remain continuous, traversed by the diversity of bodies, which continually suffer vulnerabilities materialized in the structure of their life, their access to the city. Among such consequences, the attempts to erase their ways of existing become evident, also through the silencing of their narratives, making these crossings even more sensitive, since the political-social memory of these populations is selective: it tends to exalt and enable the functioning of the colonial structure to the detriment of individual and community perspectives.

These marks present in history become narratives listed in the construction of nations and, despite having colonial origins from centuries ago, they are the structural basis of these territories. They are also born as a project, an investment in what we have today as a society.

“Memory is the contents of a continent, its life, its history, its past. As if the body were the document.” (Beatriz Nascimento in an excerpt from the film Ori. Free translation)

The uprising of the voices that built and are still building the country is the call for the creation and recovery of spaces within the shared territory that can serve to listen and dialogue with these narratives.

The Travessias (Crossings) intends to stimulate critical reflections regarding the contemporary space as an unfolding of past and still ongoing events through narratives that reconstruct temporalities and collective surveys of erased memories. Has as its guiding thread the relationship between bodies and territories through the bias of their agency, their erasures and their resistance.

The possibility of making visible and intersecting spaces and narratives tends to be a tool that intertwines knowledge and feelings, extrapolating the dichotomy between scholarly and marginal, which forms a “structure of feelings” and networks of crossings that affect and teach about different forms of action, rescue and adaptation of practices, ways of life and community living.

© Luisa C. Zucchi (2017)

© Inês Bonduki, da série Linha Vermelha (2017)

© Pedro Céu. São José dos Campos (2020)

© Tuca Vieira. Paraisópolis

© Luisa C. Zucchi (2017)

© Nelson Kon. Estação de tratamento de água da Indústria de papéis Ahlstrom Munksjo em Caieiras/ SP (2019)

© Tuca Vieira. Paulista

13th INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE BIENALLE OF SÃO PAULO

CROSSINGS

‘The image is needed to recover the identity, it has to become visible, because the face of one is the reflection of the other, the body of one is the reflection of the other and in each one the reflection of all bodies. Invisibility is at the root of the loss of identity.’ (Beatriz Nascimento in an excerpt from the film Ori. Free Translation).

The International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo has been held by theIABsp since 1973 and has established itself as one of the most significant events forthe debate and critical development on Brazilian architecture and territory.

For its 13th edition, that happens between May 21 and July 10, 2022, an International Co Curatorship Call was opened, which had as the winner the proposal of the Travessias (Crossings) team, formed by nine brazilian members from different areas of performance and that, together with the resident curator, Sabrina Fontenele, have been thinking about the current edition.

The Co-Curatorship Call launched as a central issue the theme of reconstruction, in the face of the intense transformations in spaces and social dynamics brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. And, to support this reflection, the following preliminary guiding axes were proposed: democracy, bodies, memory, information and ecology.

The curatorial approach suggested by the Travessias (Crossings) team understands that the COVID 19 pandemic reinforces socio-spatial inequalities that were already established in the country and in the global sphere. From this perspective, the idea of reconstruction in debate launches a reflection on the dynamics inherent in the production of spaces. It understands, therefore, that these are structures marked by fragmentation, discontinuities and simultaneities, both physical and symbolic, whose origins are rooted in the violent processes of colonization and are marked by  historical inequalities and erasures, which provoke numerous manifestations of oppression – such as racism, sexism, ableism and coloniality – in Brazil and in several territories around the world.

The extremely fragmented Brazilian territories are sewn together like a patchwork quilt and the 13th Biennale represents a possibility to cross it and to present both the sharing of possible urbanities and the opportunity for the reinterpretation of ancestral collective memories. Based on Maria Beatriz Nascimento’s concept of crossings, the curatorial team of the 13th Biennale seeks to investigate what remains of the colonial past and the diasporas, and what changes in the displacement of populations around the world. Whether on the daily commute from home to work, or on forced or spontaneous migrations between Orients and Occidents. What remains, what stays?

The crossings remain continuous, traversed by the diversity of bodies, which continually suffer vulnerabilities materialized in the structure of their life, their access to the city. Among such consequences, the attempts to erase their ways of existing become evident, also through the silencing of their narratives, making these crossings even more sensitive, since the political-social memory of these populations is selective: it tends to exalt and enable the functioning of the colonial structure to the detriment of individual and community perspectives.

These marks present in history become narratives listed in the construction of nations and, despite having colonial origins from centuries ago, they are the structural basis of these territories. They are also born as a project, an investment in what we have today as a society.

“Memory is the contents of a continent, its life, its history, its past. As if the body were the document.” (Beatriz Nascimento in an excerpt from the film Ori. Free translation)

The uprising of the voices that built and are still building the country is the call for the creation and recovery of spaces within the shared territory that can serve to listen and dialogue with these narratives.

The Travessias (Crossings) intends to stimulate critical reflections regarding the contemporary space as an unfolding of past and still ongoing events through narratives that reconstruct temporalities and collective surveys of erased memories. Has as its guiding thread the relationship between bodies and territories through the bias of their agency, their erasures and their resistance.

The possibility of making visible and intersecting spaces and narratives tends to be a tool that intertwines knowledge and feelings, extrapolating the dichotomy between scholarly and marginal, which forms a “structure of feelings” and networks of crossings that affect and teach about different forms of action, rescue and adaptation of practices, ways of life and community living.

© Luisa C. Zucchi (2017)

© Pedro Céu. São José dos Campos (2020)

© Tuca Vieira. Paraisópolis

© Luisa C. Zucchi (2017)

© Nelson Kon. Estação de tratamento de água da Indústria de papéis Ahlstrom Munksjo em Caieiras/ SP (2019)

© Tuca Vieira. Paulista