Montevideo Biennial

1st Montevideo Biennial

23 Nov 2012 - 30 Mar 2013

1st Montevideo Biennial
The Great South
November 24, 2012 - March 30, 2013
Chief curator: Alfons Hug Co-curators: Paz Guevara, Patricia Bentancur

The Great South

The four points of the compass are not only points of reference in a circle of 360 degrees divided into four quadrants. They also are guides on the wind rose of cultures and metaphorical constructs that are subject to ever new interpretations during the course of history.

Orientation, which literally means looking East, is an attempt to calculate the course of the sun and to determine one’s position somewhere between the four ends of the earth.

One ought, therefore, to believe that in a world marked by imbalance and disorder, the four points of the compass would at least carry the same weight. In fact, however, there have been but two main points of orientation during the past few decades: West and East.

The West: from the early days of the twentieth century on, and regarded from a hegemonic perspective, the West was the smaller half of Europe plus North America, although according to an apt remark made by Mario Vargas Llosa, South America clearly also belongs to the western hemisphere: “somos occidente”.

The West: according to this logic, it also represents a superior economic, political and cultural model – and the East its underdeveloped counter pole: with Eastern Europe now extending far into Asia, just as it did on the sable hunt of the Russian Cossacks in the 17th century.

During the Cold War, the East began just the other side of Berlin and reached as far as the Pacific – and included both Siberia and China.

The North, which basically comprises parts of both the West and the East, appeared only marginally in this equation: and then only in the form of military models, such as NATO’s North Atlantic Treaty. Only in the past few years has the North been upgraded: from the moment it became evident that the Polar regions were going to play a vital role in the climate debate.

This exhibition now explores the South and its relationship with the rest of the world. The works on show will offer different interpretations of the South depending on the respective artist's place of origin – the southern or northern hemisphere, the West or the East.


Lida Abdul
* 1973, Kabul, Afghanistan. Lives in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Javier Abreu
* 1980, Maldonado, Uruguay. Lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Gabriela Albergaria
* 1965, Vale de Cambra, Portugal. Lives in New York, USA.

Darren Almond
* 1971, Wigan, United Kingdom. Lives in London, United Kingdom.

* 1972, Montevideo, Uruguay / 1980, Montevideo, Uruguay. They live in Montevideo, Uruguay.

El Anatsui
* 1944 Anyako, Ghana. Lives in Nsukka, Nigeria.

Niles Atallah, Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña
* 1978, California, USA / 1980, Santiago, Chile / 1980 Concepción, Chile. They live in Santiago, Chile.

Bertille Bak
* 1983, Arras, France. Lives in Paris, France.

Eduardo Basualdo
* 1977 Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Olmo Blanco
* 1982, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Lives in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
*1961, Nice, France. Lives in Sète, France.

Juan Burgos
* 1963, Durazno, Uruguay. Lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Yamandú Canosa
* 1954, Montevideo, Uruguay. Lives in Barcelona, Spain.

Rolando Castellón
* 1937 Managua, Nicaragua. Lives in San José, Costa Rica.

Chen Chieh-Jen
* 1960, Taoyuan, China. Lives in Shanghai, China.

Tamara Cubas
* 1972, Rivera, Uruguay. Lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Alberto Maria D ́Agostini
* 1883, Pollone, Italy. † 1960, Turin, Italy.

Marina de Caro
* 1961, Mar del Plata, Argentina. Lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Dias & Riedweg
*1964, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / *1955, Lucerne, Switzerland. They live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mark Dion
* 1961, Massachusetts, USA. Lives in Pennsylvania, USA.

Sonia Falcone
* 1965 Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Lives in Hong Kong.

Gunda Förster
* 1967, Berlin, Germany. Lives in Berlin, Germany.

Camille Henrot
* 1978, Paris, France. Lives in Paris, France.

Christian Jankowski
* 1968, Göttingen, Germany. Lives in Berlin, Germany.

Kitty Kraus
* 1976, Heidelberg, Germany. Lives in Berlin, Germany.

Ricardo Lanzarini
* 1963, Montevideo, Uruguay. Lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Alberto Lastreto
* 1951, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Reynier Leyva Novo
* 1983, Havana, Cuba. Lives in Havana, Cuba.

Mireya Masó
* 1963, Barcelona, Spain. Lives in Barcelona, Spain.

Cecilia Mattos
* 1958, Montevideo, Uruguay. Lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Angelica Mesiti
*1976, Sydney, Australia. Lives in Sydney, Australia and Paris, France.

Galina Myznikova & Sergey Provorov (Grupo PROVMYZA)
* 1968, Gorki, USSR / 1979, Gorki, USSR. They live in Nizhni Nóvgorod, Russia.

Paulo Nazareth
* 1977, Governador Valadares, Brazil. Lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Bernardo Oyarzún
* 1963, Los Muermos, Chile. Lives in Santiago, Chile.

Guilherme Peters
* 1987, São Paulo, Brazil. Lives in São Paulo Brazil.

Navin Rawanchaikul
*1971, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Fukuoka, Japan.

Julian Rosefeldt
*1965, Munich, Germany. Lives in Berlin, Germany.

Yorgos Sapountzis
* 1976, Athens, Greece. Lives in Berlin, Germany.

Martín Sastre
* 1976 Montevideo, Uruguay. Lives in Madrid, Spain.

Jorge Satorre
* 1979, Mexico D.F., Mexico. Lives in Mexico D. F., Mexico.

Christoph Schlingensief
1960, Oberhausen, Germany. † 2010, Berlin, Germany.

Guy Tillim
* 1962, Johannesburg, South Africa. Lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

Traspuesto de un Estudio para un Retrato Común
* 2006, Montevideo, Uruguay. Lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Dani Umpi
* 1974, Tacuarembó, Uruguay. Lives in Montevideo, Uruguay

Pablo Uribe
* 1962 Montvideo, Uruguay. Lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Humberto Vélez
* 1965 Panama City, Panama. Lives in London, England and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Vivek Vilasini
* 1964, Thrissur, India. Lives in Bangalore, India.

Luca Vitone
* 1964, Genoa, Italy. Lives in Rome, Italy and Berlin, Germany.

Paulo Vivacqua
* 1971 Vitoria, Brazil. Lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Yang Xinguang
* 1980 Hunan, China. Lives in Beijing, China.

David Zink
*1973, Lima, Peru. Lives in Berlin, Germany.

Tags: Lida Abdul, Gabriela Albergaria, Darren Almond, El Anatsui, Bertille Bak, Eduardo Basualdo, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Marina De Caro, Po-i Chen, Chen Chieh-Jen, Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña, Mark Dion, Camille Henrot, Christian Jankowski, Kitty Kraus, Angelica Mesiti, Paulo Nazareth, Reynier Leyva Novo, Guilherme Peters, Navin Rawanchaikul, Días & Riedweg, Julian Rosefeldt, Yorgos Sapountzis, Martin Sastre, Jorge Satorre, Christoph Schlingensief, Guy Tillim, Luca Vitone, Paulo Vivacqua, Yang Xinguang