Brazilian Pavillion. 20/05/2021 © Riccardo Tosetto / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Jonathas de Andrade was chosen to represent Brazil at La Biennale di Venezia

The Fundação Bienal de São Paulo announced the designation of Jacopo Crivelli Visconti as curator of Brazil’s national representation at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Crivelli Visconti was the general curator of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo – Though it’s dark, still I sing , which closed on December 5 at the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion.

To represent Brazil at the oldest biennial in the world, Crivelli Visconti selected artist Jonathas de Andrade (1982, Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil), one of the most representative Brazilian artists of his generation:

“In his works, the artist seeks the idea of an authentically popular culture, in all the possible senses and intrinsic complexity of this term. He takes the body – mainly the male body – as his guiding axis for dealing with themes such as the world of work and of the worker, along with the identity of the individual in contemporaneity, through metaphors that fluctuate between nostalgia, eroticism and political and historic criticism”.

For this edition, de Andrade is working on a brand-new installation, commissioned for this occasion, in dialogue with the theme of this year’s Venice Biennale. Curated by Cecilia Alemani, the Biennale Arte 2022 takes its title from the book The Milk of Dreams by surrealist artist Leonora Carrington (1917, United Kingdom – 2011, Mexico) in which, as Alemani’s explained, “the artist describes a magical world where life is constantly re-envisioned through the prism of the imagination, and where everyone can change, be transformed, become something and someone else. The exhibition takes us on an imaginary journey through metamorphoses of the body and definitions of humanity”.

To check out the dates for La Biennale di Venezia 2022 activities, click here.

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