Open Letter Bienal of Sao Paulo

October 23rd, 2014 § 0 comments

From: ARTE AL DIA International

Subject: Open Letter Bienal of Sao Paulo

Date: 22 October 2014 22:46:51 GMT-2

Open Letter Bienal of Sao Paulo

During the past few weeks, the world of contemporary art, especially in Latin America, has gone through a difficult tension. This is a direct result of the unfortunate and conflicting situation that clouded the opening of the 31st Bienal of Sao Paulo. Days before the inauguration, a cluster of participating artists requested for the organizers of the Bienal to remove the shield of Israel from the list of credited institutional sponsors. It is clear that the shield of Israel represents the presence of an entire nation.

The practice of art is historically inscribed in the cultural process with the highest capacity to critically review human conflict, and to generate new perspectives of approximation, while in many cases proposing alternate paths. For this reason, art has positioned itself as the modern antidote to abuses of power.

From the artists’ perspective, there can be many reasons to hold positions against the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but the petition to remove the national identity and identification of the State of Israel contributes a negative image with deplorable connotations.

There are many countries participating as artist project sponsors which could be subject to the same inquiring as a consequence of their governmental action. Likewise, many of the companies that constantly support art fairs could be ethically questioned and confronted for their actions when using the ideology planted by this group of artists in the 31st Bienal.

The suppression of the shield of Israel has symbolical implications that assimilate with the will to suppress the Israeli nation far beyond confronting it’s government. Considering the historical precedents of intolerance, and the catastrophic effects they have had in the last century, it is necessary to call for solidarity against this new attempt to symbolically erase the presence of the nation of Israel.

We who sign this letter, independent of any position we hold on the politics of the Israeli government, want to raise attention on the deplorable implication of this gesture. We want to call for responsible solidarity and for the mutual respect that artistic projects should ensue regardless of the inherit symbolism in politically critical work.


Leon Amitai – Collector, Bogotá, Colombia
Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza – Writer/ Journalist, Bogotá, Colombia
Maria José Arjona – Artist, Bogotá, Colombia
Juan Araujo – Artist, Bogotá, Colombia
Luis Aristizabal – Gallery Director, Bogotá, Colombia
Felipe Arturo – Artist, Bogotá, Colombia
Gustavo Arroniz – Gallery Director, México DF, México
Emilia Azcárate – Artist, Madrid, Spain
Lydia Azout – Artist, Bogotá, Colombia
Katha Barón – Collector, Bogotá, Colombia
Alvaro Barrios – Artist, Barranquilla, Colombia
Sonia Becce – Curatora, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Jimmy Belility – Collector, Madrid Spain
Tanya Brillemborg- Collector, Miami, USA
Estrellita Brodsky – Curatora y Collector, NY, USA
Andrés Cabrera – Cultural Journalist, Bogotá Colombia
Johanna Calle – Artist, Bogotá, Colombia
Barbarita Cardoso – Artist, Bogotá, Colombia
Claudia Cisneros – Collector, NY, USA
Natalia Castañeda – Artist, Bogotá, Colombia
Alejandro Castaño – Collector, Bogotá, Colombia
Rafael Castoriano – Collector/ Gestor de Arte, NY, USA
Jaime Cerón – Curator, Bogotá Colombia
Alberto Chehebar – Collector, NY, USA
Simon Chehebar – Collector, Bogotá, Colombia
Jacky Cohen – Lima, Perú
Sady Cohen – Collector, Madrid, Spain
Pamela Crystal – Collector, London, UK
Robin Cymbalest, Cultural Journalist, NY, USA
Marisela de la Campa – Collector, Bogotá Colombia
Perla Douer – Collector, Bogotá, Colombia
Maria Fernanda Currea – MISOL Foundation Director, Bogotá Colombia
Diego Costa Peusar – Director Arte al Día, Miami, USA
Beatriz Esguerra – Gallery Director, Bogotá, Colombia
Luis Felipe Farias – Collector, Caracas, Venezuela
Carlos Ferreira – Collector, Bogotá, Colombia
Sergio Ferreira – Collector, Bogotá, Colombia
Fanny Finkelman – Artist, Bogotá Colombia
Aida Furmanski – Collector, Bogotá, Colombia
Maria Paz Gaviria – Collector, Bogotá, Colombia
Felipe Grimberg,Art Dealer,Miami,USA
Anilú Gómez – Collector, Caracas, Venezuela
Mauricio Gómez Jaramillo – Gallery Director y Collector, Bogotá Colombia
José Darío Gutierrez – Collector, Bogotá, Colombia
Judith Houett Benamou – Writer/Curator, Paris, France.
Carlos Hurtado – Gallery Director, Bogotá, Colombia
Susy Iglicky – Artist, Caracas Venezuela
Sofia Imber – Journalist / Cultural Promotor, Caracas, Venezuela
Estaban Jaramillo – Gallery Director, Bogotá, Colombia.
Leo Katz – Collector, Bogotá, Colombia
Cota Knobloch – Collector, Miami, USA
Uriel Ladino – Artist, Bogotá, Colombia
Rafael Londoño – Collector, Barcelona, Spain
Juanita Madriñan – Cultural Promotor, Bogotá, Colombia
Kevin Mancera – Artist, Bogotá Colombia
Alejandra Matiz – Cultural Promotor, Bogotá Colombia
Adriana Meneses – Gestora Cultural,Caracas,Venezuela
Rafael Miyar – Collector, MIAMI, USA
Solita Mishaan – Collector, Bogotá, Colombia
Edwin Monsalve – Artist, Medellín, Colombia
Alex Mor, Gallery Director ,Paris Francia
Sandra Mulliez – Collector, President SAM ART Projects
Rafael Nieto L. – Collector, Bogotá, Colombia
Estaban Peña – Artist, Bogotá, Colombia
José Perez – Collector, Bogotá, Colombia
Gabriel Pérez Barreiro – Curator, NY, USA
Luis Pérez Oramas – Curator/Art Critic, NY, USA
Erika Ordosgoitti,Artist,Caracas,
Esther Perez Seinjet – Collector, Bogotá, Colombia
Sagrario Perez Soto – Collector, San Juan, Costa Rica
Vivian Pfeiffer – Cultural Promotor, Miami, USA
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros – Collector, NY, USA
Julián Posada- Cultural Critic , Bogotá, Colombia
Luis Fernando Pradilla – Gallery Director, Bogotá, Colombia
Irene Pressner – Artist, Caracas Venezuela
Juliana Restrepo – Cultural Promotor, Medellín, Colombia
Silvana Roiter – Cultural Promotor, Bogotá Colombia
María Belén Sáez de Ibarra – Curator, Bogotá, Colombia
Saul Sanchez – Artist, Bogotá, Colombia
Manuel Santaren – Collector, Boston, USA
Alberto Simhon – Coleccionista, Bogotá, Colombia
Jaime Tarazona – Artist, Bogotá, Colombia
Patricia Tavera – Artist, Bogotá Colombia
Valentina Tintori – Collector, Miami, USA
Silvia Tcherassi – Fashion Designer, Barranquilla, Colombia
Mauricio Torres – Collector, Barcelona, Spain
Jenny Vila – Gallery Director, Cali, Colombia
Alejandra Von Hartz – Gallery Director, Miami, USA

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