‘The Phantom of Liberty’: Bienal de Coimbra receives 39 artists

(Coimbra, Portugal)

Bienal de Coimbra, scheduled from April 6th to June 30th, 2024, will receive 39 artists, curated by Ángel Calvo Ulloa and Marta Mestre, including Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro, Aline Motta, Davi Pontes + Wallace Ferreira, and Paulo Nazareth.

The theme THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY is inspired by the 1974 film of the same name by Spanish surrealist Luis Buñuel, evoking the idea that ‘freedom is a ghost, a kind of inescapable and spectral presence’ and, on the other hand, ‘points to an incomplete process, disbelief in a truth that was considered assured. It is more of a promise than a real existence’, as the curators say.

Drawing on the work of artists from Angola, Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Mozambique, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and the USA, this edition of the Biennale coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, a crucial event in the history of Portugal which resulted in the country’s transition to democracy and contributed to the end of the Portuguese Colonial War. This edition also celebrates the spirit of Surrealism, as 2024 marks 100 years since the publication of André Breton’s Manifesto of Surrealism.

Participating artists
Adam Pendleton
Adriano Correia de Oliveira + Rosalía de Castro
Aline Motta + Ricardo Aleixo
Andrea Büttner
Bárbara Fonte
Berio Molina
Carla Filipe
Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro
Cildo Meireles
Clara Menéres
Daniel Barroca
Davi Pontes + Wallace Ferreira
Diego Bianchi
Filipe Feijão
Ilídio Candja Candja
Jeremy Deller
João Marçal
Luís Cília
Maria Velho da Costa
Mauro Cerqueira
NEG – Nova Escultura Galega
Patricia Gómez  + María Jesús González + Paula Siebra
Paulo Nazareth
Pedro G. Romero
Priscila Fernandes
Regina Silveira
Robert Filliou
Rosemarie Trockel
Sandra Poulson
Susanne S. D. Themlitz
Teresa Lanceta
Túlia Saldanha
Yinka Esi Graves

Anozero’24 – Bienal de Coimbra
6 April to 30 June 2024
Press preview: Friday 5 April 2024
Official opening: 6 April 2024
Curators: Ángel Calvo Ulloa and Marta Mestre

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