Colombian curator José Roca will be the Chief Curator for the 8th Mercosul Biennial to take place in 2011 in Porto Alegre, Brazil between the months of September and November. Since its inception in 1994, the Mercosul Biennial has focused on Latin American artistic production without forgetting the importance of maintaining an international scope. According to Roca, “If we understand the Biennial as a project of long-term cultural policy, it is logical that its positioning strategy so far has been from the outside in. Since we have reached this international positioning, we are at the right moment to intensify relations with local production, particularly the Brazilian one, Rio Grande do Sul and Porto Alegre.”
The curatorial proposal created by Roca aims to address territoriality from a geographic, political and cultural perspective and will comprise notions of locality, territory, mapping and boundary, Mercosul as a geopolitical construct, supranational organizations in the region, and the city of Porto Alegre as a place to be discovered and activated through art.
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