The 33rd Bienal of São Paulo, Brazil officially opened to the public on September 7th, 2018 and AFRIKAJUMP was right in the thick of Ibirapuera Park- home to the massive Bienal building, for all the action- okay, most of it.
Ibirapuera park is famed for being the most visited park in South America.
photo credit- trekearth.com
TIPS- #Surely bring your cameras to capture the greenery, art and of course, birds.
#Wear running shoes.
#Try the restaurants in the park.
For an entire week Afrikajump had a blast in Sampa (nickname for SP) getting up-close and sometimes personal with artists and their work, and once we did party. Responsibly.
According to its organizers, the 32nd edition of the global event which exhibits some of the most interesting artworks from around the world- over 600 of them this year, traveled to 13 venues (2 of them abroad), reaching at least 650,000 people.
This year, the foundation hand-selected Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro to curate, and then seven other artists were invited to do likewise, namely Mamma Andersson, Antonio Ballester Moreno, Sofia Borges, Waltercio Caldas, Alejandro Cesarco, Claudia Fontes, and Wura-Natasha Ogunji.
Ogunji, a visual artist of Nigerian and American heritage and her group of selected artists and collaborators brought rays of light, diversity and womanity to the event. Her curated work entitled Sempre, nunca [Always, never], involves selected artists like Lhola Amira- South Africa, Mame-Diarra Niang- Ivory Coast/Senegal, Nicole Vlado- US/Puerto Rico, Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze- Nigeria, and Youmna Chlala- Lebanon/US.
According to Wura,“Their creative investigations range from the intimate (body, memory, gesture) to the epic (history, country, cosmos),”
She added that the six artists are presenting new artworks that explore space and place in relation to the body, to history and to architecture, and that their work was developed in a dialogue among artists, their individual projects and practices inter-cross ideas and questions about courage, freedom and experimentation, key aspects of the artistic process.
‘The sea and it’s raining. I missed you so much’ 2018. By Wura Ogunji on display at the Bienal.
Nicole Vlado’s ‘Here’ (I gaze at stars to heal wounds) 2018. On display at the Bienal.
Wura besides expressing through drawings, videos and public performances often explores the presence of women in public spaces in collaboration with other women, and this was seen also on Sunday September 9th , where dozens of Brazilian and African women donned black attires and eventually transformed into gorgeous dresses made of richly colored African prints in a performance ‘Dias de ser livre’ or in English, ‘Days of being free’. It was presented by 20 women and with the participation of the public.
We appreciated most of the art and expressions at the event, and are happy to say our top pick for 2018’s Bienal is undoubtedly Wura Ogunji with her African queens.
Their works network and connect to create a melting point of healing, reflection, serenity and strong hope. Days of being free was a hit, drawing in the public to that all familiar situation of struggles which give way to victories, ease and peace.
And to further cream our desserts, check out the women’s musical compilation playlist for their project. It made us fiercer fans.
Artworks can now be seen at the Bienal building in Ibirapuera park until early December, consult with Bienal site to know more.
Photos from Days of being free. Credits/ Fabiola Antunes, Wura Ogunji, Ana Lu Sanches.