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The 24th Bienal de São Paolo, 1998

The 1998 Bienal de São Paulo remade art history from a Brazilian perspective, and presented a new model for exhibition-making in the era of post-colonial globalisation. The show employed the Brazilian notion of anthropophagy as both concept and method, encouraging ‘contamination’ and ‘cannibalisation’ of the canon, alongside an expanded understanding of its pedagogic function for the integration of art, culture and political history.

On the first floor of Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, as part of ‘Arte Contemporânea Brasileira: Um e/entre Outro/s” (‘Brazilian Contemporary Art: One and/among Other/s’), the works shown here is a sculpture by Edgard de Souza, Sem título (Dois corpos) (Untitled (Two Bodies), 1997) and two performers for a performance by Laura Lima’s Sem título (Untitled, 1997–98) in front.

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