According to The Times the Sao Paolo Biennale is dedicatee to: ‘the Gaza conflict, Brazilian narcos, US racism, abortion in Latinamerica, the crisis of late capitalism, transsexualism, wars, sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, drugs, cyberspying, etc’. According to the organisers the exhibition is dedicated ‘to discuss the world we live in through art’. As we can see, those are social and political topics that seem to be the source of artistic value for the majority of the pieces presented at the 31st edition of this Biennial and which will be on until December 7th.
The three questions we should ask ourselves are whether art should aim at discussing the world like that, whether that discussion is actually happen and in which conditions this discussion occurs. I am saying this because in recent art fairs, many works without aesthetic value have been presented which raise the issue of the boundary between topicality and work of art? From this point of view, it does not come as a surprise that the approach to debate this issues is not artistic but from the point of view of the media. It is as if form is not relevant anymore but the topic that infuse the concept which, paradoxically, is becoming less and less of a concept and more like a rhetorical vehicle of displacement. In my opinion that kind of art is frivolous and can only be functional to a view of the world that aims at trivialising issues in order to neutralise them. Has contemporary art become the realm of irresponsible awareness? J A T
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