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26. Biennale Sao Paulo Sao Paulo  •  Brazil [BR] 24 Sep  • 18 Dec | 2004

This year’s São Paulo Biennial, just as the previous edition, is held under the artistic direction of Alfons Hug. Whereas in 2002 he created a theme of mega-cities and the influence of urban energy currents on art, Hug declared the 26th biennial to be « Free Territory », an « extraterritorial zone where artists erect their utopian settlements. » In his curatorial statement (from which all quotations have been taken), Alfons Hug expresses scepticism regarding the « multiplicity of documentary strategies that has been observed even at major international exhibitions over the last few years. » Such « scientific analysis, reportage and discursive treatises on reality » contribute to a « flagrant underestimation of the possibilities of aesthetic processes. » He therefore makes a plea for art which « reveals those inner layers of the world that remain hidden to the superficial gaze of politics and sociology. » Regarding his concept of a « Free Territory, » Hug writes: « Artists create a power-free zone, a world that runs contrary to the existing one: a land of emptiness, of silence and respite, where the frenzy that surrounds us is brought to a standstill for a moment. But it is also a land of enigmas, where the flood of images surging in on us from the breeding grounds of kitsch are encrypted. By breaking through the barriers of the material world, the artist becomes a smuggler of images between cultures. »

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Artists : Pablo Siquier, Joyce Hinterding & David Haines, Leo Schatzl, Cristine Felten &Véronique Massinger, Roberto Valcarcel, Ivens Machado, Albena Kazakova, David Rokeby, Patrick Hamilton, Qu Yan, Jaime Avila, Zlatko Kopljar, Esterio Segura, Lars Mathisen, Pablo Cardoso, Jukka Korkeila, Melik Ohanian, Thomas Demand, Mike Nelson, Harris Kondosphyris, Peter Szarka, Stephen Loughman, Dennis McNulty, desperate optimists (Christine Molloy/Joe Lawlor), Doron Rabina, Francesco Vezzoli, Shin Miyazaki, Gints Gabrans, Mindaugas & Gintautas Lukosaitis, Miguel Calderón, Jennifer Tee, Remember New Zealand (group project), Ingrid Book & Carina Hedén, Juan Britos, Carlos Runcie-Tanaka, Piotr Uklanski, Rui Chafes & Vera Mantero, José Morales, POROLON (Sergey Shekhovtsov), Ho Tzu Nyen, Three of a Nice Pair – Ivan Csudai, Stanislav Divis, Laco Teren, OH Sang-ghil, Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Jonas Dahlberg, Frédéric Moser & Philippe Schwinger, Victor Marushchenko, Abdullah Alsaadi, Martin Sastre, Juan Calzadilla, Karim Aïnouz & Marcelo Gomes , Massimo Bartolini , David Batchelor, Rachel Berwick , Tiago Bortolozzo, Fernando Bryce , Edward Burtynsky, Cabelo, Geysell Capetillo , Chelpa Ferro, Chen Shaofeng , Paulo Climachauska, Walmor Correa , Ângela Detanico & Rafael Lain , Mark Dion , Heri Dono , Leandro Erlich, Inka Essenhigh , João Paulo Feliciano, Lívia Flores , Carlos Garaicoa , Simryn Gill , Henrik Håkansson , Naoya Hatakeyama , Juan Fernando Herrán , Sergej Jensen , Eduardo Kac , Toba Khedoori , Vera Lutter , Jorge Macchi , Maxim Malhado, Fabiano Marques, Milton Marques, Julie Mehretu, Aernout Mik, Muntean/Rosenblum, Victor Mutale, Moataz Nasr, Neistat Brothers, Albert Oehlen, Ieda de Oliveira, Catherine Opie, Rosana Palazyan, Jorge Pardo, Bruno Peinado, Pavel Pepperstein, Jorge Queiróz, Hans Hamid Rasmussen, Rassim, Neo Rauch, Navin Rawanchaikul, Caio Reisewitz, Lois Renner, Matthew Ritchie, René Francisco Rodríguez, Julian Rosefeldt, Song Dong, Tom Sachs, Wilhelm Sasnal, Thomas Scheibitz, Santiago Sierra, Alec Soth, Simon Starling, Su-Mei Tse, Eulalia Valldosera, Pablo Vargas-Lugo, Laura Vinci, Yin Xiuzhen, Xu Bing, Veronika Zapletalová, Krzysztof Zielinski, Cornelius Augustt Azzaglo, Mama Casset, Jean Depara, Samuel Fosso, Zwelethu Mthetwa, Otobong Nkanga, Eileen Perrier, Abderramane Sakaly, Paulo Bruscky, Cai Guo Qiang, Eugenio Dittborn, Huang Yong Ping, Beatriz Milhazes, Thomas Struth, Luc Tuymans.

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