The 32nd Sao Paulo Biennial Announces Diverse List of Artists

One artist is creating an edible garden.

Bárbara Wagner Estás vendo coisas [You Are Seeing Things] (2016) Photo: Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca

Bárbara Wagner, You Are Seeing Things (2016). Courtesy of Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca.

The 32nd São Paulo Biennial has announced 81 participating artists and collectives, including Francis Alÿs, Rachel Rose, Barbara Wagner, and Ursula Biemann.

Many of the artists are working in the iconic Brazilian city on projects addressing issues that concern the people living there. Works by artists currently being developed through local residencies include Carla Filipe, who is working with the Botanical Institute to create a garden of edible and spontaneous plants; another project by Iza Tarasewicz explores the history of the Polish musical rhythm known as Mazurka in Brazil.

Gabriel Abrantes (Untitled) 2016 Photo: still from a 16mm film by Gabriel Abrantes

Gabriel Abrantes, film still from (Untitled) 2016. Courtesy of Gabriel Abrantes.

“We are seeking to understand diversity, to look at the unknown and question what we assume to be known,” said Jochen Volz who is co-curating the biennial together with Gabi Ngcobo, Júlia Rebouças, Lars Bang Larsen, and Sofía Olascoaga. “We view the different knowledges of our world as complementary rather than exclusionary.”

Ebony G. Patterson Brella Krew (Fambily Series) (2013) Photo: Ebony G. Patterson / Monique Meloche Gallery

Ebony G. Patterson, Brella Krew (Fambily Series) (2013). Courtesy of Ebony G. Patterson / Monique Meloche Gallery.

“The proximity of the curators with the Fundação Bienal team, as well as the expansion of the institution’s partnerships, make the 32nd Biennial an especially fertile edition,” said foundation president Luís Terepins in a statement. “So far, we are counting on the commitment of 48 partners, including companies, governmental agencies and cultural institutions,” along with “international organizations that support the arts,” he added.

Luiz Roque White Year (2013) Photo: Luiz Roque

Luiz Roque, White Year (2013). Courtesy of Luiz Roque.

The participating artist list is as follows:


Koo Jeong A

Gabriel Abrantes

Maria Thereza Alves

Francis Alÿs

Jonathas de Andrade

Sonia Andrade


Rosa Barba

Alicia Barney

Jorge Menna Barreto

Kathy Barry

Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares

Jordan Belson

Cecilia Bengolea and Jeremy Deller

José Bento

Dineo Seshee Bopape


Vivian Caccuri

Mariana Castillo Deball

Antonio Malta Campos

Lourdes Castro

Carolina Caycedo


Wlademir Dias Pino


Ruth Ewan

Em’kal Eyongakpa


Öyvind Fahlström

Alia Farid

Priscila Fernandes

Naufus Ramírez Figueroa

Carla Filipe

Bené Fonteles


Víctor Grippo


Anawana Haloba

Lyle Ashton Harris

Michal Helfman

Leon Hirszman

Pierre Huyghe


Susan Jacobs

Maryam Jafri

Charlotte Johannesson


Grada Kilomba

Frans Krajcberg

Donna Kukama

Sandra Kranich


Cristiano Lenhardt

Michael Linares

Pia Lindman

José Antonio Suárez Londoño

Rikke Luther


Wilma Martins

Misheck Masamvu

Park McArthur

Ana Mazzei

Carlos Motta

Felipe Mujica

Till Mycha

Lais Myrrha


Eduardo Navarro

Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas


Oficina de imaginação política


Henrik Olesen


Ebony G. Patterson

Dalton Paula

Heather Phillipson

Rita Ponce de León



Pilar Quinteros

Luiz Roque


Rachel Rose

Tracey Rose


Xabier Salaberria

Gilvan Samico

Helen Sebidi

Katia Sepúlveda

Hito Steyerl


Rayyane Tabet

Iza Tarasewicz

Luke Willis Thompson

Güneş Terkol


Vídeo nas Aldeias

Erika Verzutti


Bárbara Wagner

The 32nd São Paulo Biennial takes place from September 10 – December 11, 2016.

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