The 28th Bienal de Sâo Paulo: a post-mortem discussion



Aiming to offer a platform for observation and reflection upon the culture and system of biennials within the international art circuit, the 28th Bienal de Sâo Paulo (Oct-Dec 2008) proposed a different format from previous editions.
After the event, Moacir dos Anjos, Michael Asbury, Elizabeth Araújo Lima and Isobel Whitelegg will each focus on different aspects of the edition that was titled ‘In Living Contact’ and colloquially termed the ‘Empty Bienal’. In turn, they will each review and raise for open discussion its curatorial concept, critical reception, and the unplanned intervention that marked its opening to the public.


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    Dr Michael Asbury

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    I was born in Teresópolis, in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro, the son of British missionaries. After twenty years in Brazil I came to England to study engineering but fortunately to myself (and others) changed course and went on to complete an MA in The Study of Contemporary Art at Liverpool University and a PhD in the History and Theory of Art at The London Institute (now UAL).
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    Visiting Fellow - 2008-09

    Professor at the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, Elizabeth Lima is a founding member of the Art and Body in Occupational Therapy Research Group (1996-present). She is the author of Arte, Clínica e Loucura: território em mutação (São Paulo: Summus).
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