Curated by Faena Art
Opening Reception: May 22, 7 pm
Faena Art Center Buenos Aires
Aimeé Painé 1169
Exhibition on view: May 23–30
12 pm – 8 pm
Open Tuesday – Sunday
Film screenings every day at 7 pm
Faena Art announces the opening of the Biennale of Moving Images (Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement or BIM) at Faena Art Center Buenos Aires on May 22nd. A selection of highlights from the biennial will be installed in non-traditional spaces in Sala Molinos and will be accompanied by a robust screening program in Sala Catedral.
Originally created for The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève under the artistic direction of Andrea Bellini in collaboration with Cecilia Alemani, Caroline Bourgeois and Elvira Dyangani Ose, the Biennale of Moving Images is a one-of-a-kind hybrid event bringing together visual artists, film directors and performers. Seeking to investigate new exhibition models and formats by building a show as a choir, the exhibit brings polyphonic voices together, offering a window into contemporaneity.
This marks the 15th edition of the Biennale of Moving Images and the first time that it will be presented in Buenos Aires. Comprising a wide array of multimedia installations, films and documentaries usually shown in cinemas, the Biennale of Moving Images is situated somewhere between a cinema festival, a constellation of solo video installations and a site for research and experimentation. Within this format, artists are invited to push the boundaries of traditional media. The biennial will offer a diverse program of special screenings and talks.
Unlike most biennials, the BIM is unique in its exclusive presentation of new works that have been commissioned and produced for the occasion with no specific curatorial theme to respond to. This “uncurated” biennial, brings the focus of the exhibition format back to the artist’s studio and practice. Ultimately, the works included seem to reveal several common themes that might be considered representative of this cultural moment and atmosphere. Figuring prominently in the exhibition are works that address: the transmutation of gender, the female figure and politics of gender; the general sense of foreboding, anxiety and apprehension in our current cultural climate worldwide; and questions of displacement, labor and the exploitation of resources.
“Our collaboration with the Biennale of Moving Images is ultimately a form of addressing presence, time, physicality and duration which reoccur as organizing principle in all that we do. We are proud partners of this ‘un-curated’ biennial that places the artist at the center of the project”, said Ximena Caminos, Artistic Director and Chair of Faena Art.
Responding to the city and context of Buenos Aires, Faena Art has invited three Buenos Aires-based artists to respond to these themes and participate in the video screening program. These artists are absorbed into the biennial model, becoming part of and extending the broader international conversation that started in Geneva.
The Biennale of Moving Images is a co-production with Faena Art, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, the Fonds d’art contemporain de la Ville de Genève (FMAC), the Fonds cantonal d’art contemporain, Genève (FCAC), and In Between Art Film