Cultural Anthropophagy: The 24th Bienal de São Paulo 1998

With a main essay by Lisette Lagnado, additional texts by Paulo Herkenhoff, Andrea Fraser, Renato Sztutman, Mirtes Marins de Oliveira, Carmen Mörsch and Catrin Seefranz, an afterword by Pablo Lafuente and interviews with participating artists including Andrea Fraser and Dias & Riedweg.

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. In the sixth book in Afterall’s Exhibition Histories series, the 24th Bienal is presented in detail, with critical reappraisal and extensive photographic documentation of this important exhibition. The main essay by Lisette Lagnado provides extensive critical analysis and historical context, with additional texts by Renato Sztutman, on the history of anthropophagy, Mirtes Marins de Oliveira, on the Bienal’s critical reception, Carmen Mörsch and Catrin Seefranz on its educational commitments, and an afterword by Pablo Lafuente providing further valuable insights. Also included are interviews with participating artists including Dias & Riedweg, Oswald de Andrade’s original ‘Manifesto
 antropófago’ and a previously unpublished script by Andrea Fraser.

The Exhibition Histories books focus on exhibitions of contemporary art from the past fifty years that have changed the way art is seen and made. Each title in the series addresses a different theme in the history of exhibition making, with specific reference to a particular show or cluster of shows. Each book includes newly commissioned essays and interviews, key texts from the time (such as reviews) and comprehensive visual documentation.

Published by Afterall Books in association with the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, 2015. Distributed by Koenig Books, and ARTBOOK | D.A.P.

ISBN 978-1-84638-149-5 – Afterall Books – £14.95
ISBN 978-3-86335-554-8 – Koenig Books – €16.80

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