This Wednesday the IV Biennial of the South was inaugurated. Pueblos en Resistencia, in Caracas, which, for the first time, motivated by the global pandemic, is carried out in a virtual format.
The event, which has the participation of 125 artists, 52 Venezuelan artists from 12 national entities, and 25 friendly countries from four continents, is dedicated to the people in resistance of Colombia and can be enjoyed until November 28.
The main cultural festival of the plastic arts that Venezuela organizes is part of the activities to celebrate the Bicentennial of the Battle of Carabobo, says a press release from the Ministry of Popular Power for Culture.
The international artists participating are from Cuba, Barbados, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, the Philippines, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Algeria, Egypt, Togo , Tunisia, Cyprus and Germany.
Since 2015 the South Biennial. Pueblos en Resistencia has been conceived as a space for protesters where creative work becomes the echo of individual and collective voices, which through their artistic work have openly committed to social justice, equality, equity and solidarity with the peoples subjected to domination, dispossession and extermination.
The inaugural activity was held in the spaces of the Alejandro Otero Museum in La Rinconada, but the public interested in visiting it can do so through the portal www.bienaldelsur.gob.ve.
Present at the event were the Minister of Popular Power for Culture, Ernesto Villegas; the Vice Minister of Image and Space Arts, Mary Pemjean; the Vice Minister of Audiovisual Culture, Sergio Arria; the executive director of the Institute of Image and Space Arts (Iarte), as well as various personalities related to the world of plastic arts in the country.
The Colombian plastic artist Omar Alonso García manifested himself on the spot through a voice note.
The first to comment was the Venezuelan plastic artist Natalia Rondón who highlighted the value of this exhibition carried out in the harsh circumstances of Covid 19, since the pandemic, in addition to having left millions of victims in the world, has reduced the number of activities and participations of this type in Latin America, she commented.
Resaltó que la Bienal del Sur «desde el 2015 ha tenido una perseverancia y constancia que ha mantenido su tendencia. Esta es una de las más importantes porque reúne a creadores visuales de todos medios» y destacó la inclusión de la plataforma tecnológica pues “de esta manera aumenta la cantidad de participantes a escala mundial con el uso de esta herramienta cibernética, que permite conectar a diversas culturas del mundo desde sus lugares de origen”.
"Art never dies"
Óscar Sotillo, after highlighting the broad participation of 125 artists among Venezuelans and 25 other nations, highlighted those who have been connected throughout the world by technology, which represents the IV Biennial of the South. Pueblos en Resistencia is a great meeting of the visual arts being the main one in Venezuela.
«La Bienal del Sur viene poco a poco llenando espacios tan similares como otras bienales en el mundo. En Venezuela se están dando pasos adelante y hasta desconocidos como lo es el criptoarte, en base a las criptomonedas, que sin dudas es algo novedoso», refirió Sotillo.
The director of Iartes stressed how the dialogue has grown due to the pandemic that led to using the internet in another way to reduce time on the streets and avoid contagion of Covid-19 and which in turn served to strengthen the communications of artists for this Biennial.
He stressed that “art has always been resurrected in the greatest difficulties and has faced the greatest calamities. Art never dies ”. He said that art expresses the human spirit and artists at this unknown moment are giving their answer.
For his part, the Colombian artist Omar Alonso García, in his audio explained that from his country art is taken into account as a social manifestation and that it has become one of the most important languages to make visible the various facts that have transcended in the last three months when the Colombian people have resisted the government's neoliberal policies.
El ministro Villegas se mostró admirado por este esfuerzo realizado al instalarse la IV Bienal debido a las circunstancias actuales. “Estoy seguro de que en cada obra presente en esta actividad hay grandes esfuerzos de cada autor que busca abrazar la perfección y despertar los más profundos sentimientos», afirmó.
He hopes that this Biennial will be the winner of a gold medal, in the style of a world record, similar to what was achieved by the Venezuelan jumper Yulimar Rojas, who achieved a world record last Sunday at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
He hopes that there will be participation of children from different corners of Caracas learning to make the works with all these specialists present at the Biennial and that it will be the center of the great debates on art in Venezuela and in the world.
He also remembered those artists who have lost the battle to the virus in the world but who left their works to the next generations of culture lovers.
Five discursive lines
In this edition of the Bienal del Sur. Peoples in Resistance the artists expressed their works through five discursive lines: Dialogue of transformation, Dialogue of the body, Dialogue of identity, Dialogues of the Earth and Dialogues of Quarantine.
Dialogue of transformation refers to the need to combat and denounce from art, the historical forces that seek to reduce human existence to a mere mechanism devoid of spirituality, poetry and beauty.
Dialogue of the body expresses the corporal space turned into the field of politics, of the mechanisms of domination and also of the most radical liberating exercises
Dialogue of identity refers to the collective memory and to all the symbols and signs with which the peoples that inhabit the planet identify and that keep cultural diversity alive.
Dialogues of the Earth make reference to the biological diversity of the planet and how from the arts an aesthetic and sensorial framework is evidenced that, throughout history, establishes the spiritual references of the peoples and is transformed in a deep sense of human life .
Quarantine Dialogues is a dialogue included in this fourth edition that refers to the pandemic, as a phenomenon that has altered the course of natural and social life on the entire planet. In this regard, art has been expressed in many ways, noting that humanity has reassigned value to old forgotten practices that coexist with technological innovations to continue a different path for the human race.
The IV Biennial of the South. Towns in Resistance will also have:
- Conversations with participating artists, forums, lectures, symposia.
- Theoretical practical workshops: online, semi-face-to-face and face-to-face.
- Invitation to the communities related to Venezuelan art and from different countries that present proposals for activities to be developed within the framework of the IV Biennial
- Digital publication of articles that collect the experiences, experiences and reflections in the framework of the IV Biennial of the South.
- Publication of visual essays of the Biennial.
Finally, the event was enlivened by the Venezuelan singer-songwriter José Alejandro Delgado.