11th Berlin Biennale: Curated by María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado and Agustín Pérez Rubio
Seven of Pacita Abad's large 'Masks and Spirits' trapunto paintings are included in the 11th Berlin Biennale's Gropius Bau, opening on September 4, 2020.
The 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art is curated by María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, and Agustín Pérez Rubio. The members of this intergenerational, female identified team of South American curators envision the forthcoming edition of the Berlin Biennale as a series of lived experiences that evolve as a process. The program includes exhibitions, performances, artist residencies, lectures, presentations, and workshops. In Fall 2020, the upcoming edition of the Berlin Biennale will bring forth all experiences at four venues.
Statement by the Curators:
“We began by asking how to celebrate the complicated beauty of life as the world burns around us. Baring ourselves through the stories that carry us, asking what can be, what is being mobilized today. For the epilogue, these lived experiences merge, cumulate, and fall out with one another; sometimes even leaving each other behind like abandoned buildings. This nearing moment is not only about old skeletons dear to us, but more importantly about listening to the songs of the living bodies that make up our cities. It is about grasping how these moving bodies inhabit and transform the places people call home—not the precarious shelters and walls built to defend the inadmissible present, but those exchanges and support structures of shared fragility that sustain people. How do we care for those worlds that separate us and at the same time bring us together, preparing us for new collisions, for turbulences yet to come? Up against the dismantling anxieties and crises brought on by fear and hate, the violence that surrounds us, that we are part of. Solidarities of vulnerabilities in struggle push forward multiple unrehearsed uprisings of beautiful rage.”
(María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, Agustín Pérez Rubio)
MASKS AND SPIRITSAFRICAN MEPHISTO, 1981Acrylic, rick rack ribbons, tie dyed cloth, painted cloth on stitched and padded canvas106 x 71 in
269 x 180
MASKS AND SPIRITSBACONGO VIII, 1990Acrylic, cowrie shells, plastic buttons, mirrors stitched on silk screened, padded canvas102 x 59 in
259 x 150 cm
Masks and SpiritsAfrican mask (Kongo), 1990Acrylic, colored beads, shells, handwoven yarn, padded cloth, painted canvas stitched on cloth104 x 69 in
264 x 175 cm
Masks and SpiritsOceania mask (Dancing demon), 1983Acrylic, cowrie shells stitched on padded canvas106 x 70 in
269 x 179 cm
Masks and SpiritsKaunga, 1983Acrylic, oil, cowrie shells, buttons stitched on padded canvas86 x 67 in
218 x 170 cm
Masks and SpiritsHopi Mask, 1990Acrylic, yarn, sequins stitched on padded canvas100 x 68 in
254 x 173 cm
Masks and SpiritsMarcos and his cronies, 1985Acrylic, oil, textile collage, mirrors, shells, buttons, glass beads, gold thread and padded cloth on stitched and padded cloth197 x 115 in
500 x 293 cm
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