Pooling voices sensitive to contemporary impasses, drawn from different fields, fronts, and backgrounds, the Seminars explore such themes as the invention of a new political imagination, the particularities of time that have emerged since the advent of virtual life, a de-colonial approach to current feminisms, and the reverberation of the symbolic production of indigenous peoples and social movements.
A central axis on which the Public Programs are plotted at the 21st Biennial, the meetings are designed to generate opportunities to produce previously unheard-of forms of thinking the future, both around and beyond the works on display, and with room for discussion and dissension.
The Seminars are held at the Theater (lower ground) and Auditorium (6th floor), in two stages, spanning three consecutive evenings apiece. The first takes place between October 15 and 17, and the second, November 12 and 15. In the interests of more thorough access, all sessions will have simultaneous translation in sign language.
The addresses prepared by the speakers were edited for publication under the title Leituras [Readings], which, along with the catalogue of works and artists, completes the 21st Biennial's editorial platform.
LUCY LIPPARD — Author, activist, and curator, she researches activisms in art, feminism, archeology, and land use. Her published works include Undermining: A Wild Ride through Land Use, Politics and Art in the Changing West (2014) and Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America (1990). Holder of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she lives in New Mexico, USA.
MIGUEL A. LÓPEZ — Writer, researcher, and curator, he investigates feminist collaborative dynamics and re-articulations of art and culture. Co-director of the TEOR/éTica art space in San José, Costa Rica, he has curated various exhibitions, including The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War (REDCAT, Los Angeles, and Perez Art Museum, Miami, 2017–2018), and the Deus é bicha section of the 31st Bienal de São Paulo (2014).