The Biennial of the Americas celebrates art from across the Western Hemisphere alongside other activities to generate critical creative thinking and promote action. In 2015 the event will take place in Denver, from the 14th to 19th of July, throughout different venues in the city.
The theme for the 2015 Biennial of the Americas is “Now!”, as today we stand on shifting ground, with one foot in a new geological era and one foot lingering on the structures of the past. Our relationships to people, information, nature, and technology are reinventing how we live. New movements call for new conditions of life and politics. Now holds tremendous promise and also potential peril.
The 2015 Biennial of the Americas will dive deep into our present circumstances, seeking to understand the contexts, conditions, and challenges that exist across the western hemisphere today. From this position of knowledge we will develop a platform for action toward a better-informed future.
The central exhibition “Now? Now!” of the 2015 Biennial of the Americas will create a surprising, dynamic experience, capturing the atmosphere of life in the Western Hemisphere today. The artists in the exhibition reflect the complexity of our time – its pervasive technologies, its emergent forms of creativity and social and political engagement, its ever-changing conceptions of identity, and its interdependent, shifting economies. The exhibition will raise important questions about the relationships between North, South and Central America and the Caribbean, highlighting hot-button issues and events, like recent protests in the US, political reforms in Mexico and the changing relations between the US and Cuba. Alive with images and sounds, the exhibition will be a compressed experience of our time.
In this exhibition, artists from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean respond to life in the present. Some reflect on how technology changes the way we interact such as Ryan Trecartin, Hitashya.org (Kari Altmann), and Zach Blas. A number of other artists in the exhibition reflect the current political climate in their countries such as Diego Berruecos and Marcelo Cidade. The interconnected ecology of the Americas is another recurring theme such as Chris Coleman and Laleh Mehran, and Sarah Anne Johnson. Finally, a number of artists show how now is shaped by what has come before and affects what will happen next such as Mariana Castillo Deball. Octavio Paz remarked, “the present is alternately luminous and somber.” It is at once full of potential and the site of great peril. Collectively, the artists in “Now? Now!” create a complex, and sometimes conflicted image of our time in this hemisphere. The exhibition is an opportunity to ask important questions about how we live together and the actions we can take now, individually and as an international community, toward an ever more luminous future.This exhibition is curated by Lauren A. Wright, Artistic Director and Curator, Biennial of the Americas, with Anya Pantuyeva, Curatorial Assistant, Biennial of the Americas.
The exhibition features works by:
Kim Allen (US), Kari Altmann (US), Diego Berruecos (Mexico), Zach Blas (US), Mariana Castillo Deball (Mexico/Germany), Marcelo Cidade (Brazil), Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker (Panama), Sterling Crispin (US), Debora Delmar Corp. (Mexico), Radamés “Juni” Figueroa (Puerto Rico), LaToya Ruby Frazier (US), Coco Fusco (US), Marcius Galan (Brazil), Anna Bella Geiger (Brazil), David Hartt (Canada), Karl Haendel (US), Sarah Anne Johnson (Canada), André Komatsu (Brazil), Robert Longo (US), Jorge Macchi (Argentina), Laleh Mehran and Chris Coleman (US), Adam Milner (US), Aliza Nisenbaum (Mexico/US), Fernando Ortega (Mexico), Bernardo Ortiz (Colombia), Adam Pendleton (US), Tania Pérez Córdova (Mexico), Joaquín Segura (Mexico), Skawennati (Canada), Eduardo Terrazas (Mexico), Ryan Trecartin (US)
2015 Biennial of the Americas, with Marcelo Cidade, André Komatsu and Marciu Galan
On view through 30th August
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