Two Brazilian artists participate in the 13th Cuenca Biennial

(Cuenca, Equador)

Two Brazilian artists—both PIPA Prize nominees—will participate in the 13th Cuenca Biennial: Lucia Koch, in a joint project with the art collective Al Borde, formed by four Ecuadorian architects, and Henrique Oliveira. Asides from them, other 48 artists from 27 countries participate in this year’s edition of the biennial, which starts this friday, November 25th, and runs until the beginning of February.

Architecture is, indeed, a key element to all of the three artists. Oliveira, originally a painter, started to get recognition with his recycled plywood installations, which have evolved from canvas-like sculptures to works that can occupy whole buildings. Koch, on the other hand, is interested in changing one’s experience of their surroundings while either affixing filters or trompe l’oeil images to windows, walls and façades.

What’s more, both artists can be seen in group exhibitions currently on view in Brazil, Oliveira in the “Marina Monumental” show at Marina da Glória, Rio de Janeiro, and Lucia Koch in “Cromofilia vs. Cromofobia”, at the Nara Roesler Gallery, São Paulo.

The main exhibition of the 13th Cuenca Biennial , “Impermanencia”, curated by Dan Cameron, is centred in the idea of an art that manages to connect with people “in the present, fleeting moment of our exchange with it, even if a week from now it has vanished without a trace”, in opposition to an understanding of art as something that should outlive generations in its quest for immortality.

13th Cuenca Biennial
From November 25th to February 2nd
Opening: Friday, November 25th, 7 p.m.
Museo Pumapungo Auditorium



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