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Tomorrow, December 16, the traveling exhibitions program of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo – Though it’s dark, still I sing reaches its final destination: the city of Arles, France.

Amie Siegels. Photography: Everton Ballardin

For the first time in France, the traveling exhibitions program of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo – Though it’s dark, still I sing arrives for its last show in the city of Arles, in the Provence region, on an exhibitions jointly made with LUMA Arles, a cutting-edge institution that counts on six buildings for the making of exhibitions, including the iconic tower designed by architect Frank Gehry. The show at LUMA Arles starts December 16, 2022 and runs through March 5th, 2023. The entrance is free. The exhibition is jointly produced and organised by LUMA Arles and Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, with the support of Fondation ENGIE.

This is also the first time the curatorship of the traveling exhibition is shared by both of the institutions – result of a collaboration between the general curator of the 34th Bienal, Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, and Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, director of exhbitions and program at LUMA Arles.

The exhibition is organized around the statements A Ronda da Morte by Hélio OiticicaThe bell from Ouro PretoThe portraits of Frederick Douglass and Tikmũ’ũn Songs.

Under this premise, a performance by the artist Seba Calfuqueo happens on the opening of the exhibition, December 16 2022, from 5 pm to 5:15 pm (local time), and on the next day, December 17, at 3 pm, and the artists Alice Shintani, Carmela Gross and Regina Silveira participate on a discussion mediated by the curators Jacopo Crivelli Visconti and Vassilis Oikonomopoulos on December 17, 2022, from 10:30 am to 12 pm, both at LUMA Arles. The entrance is free and reservations are made on the institution’s website.

The show features works by fourteen artists from seven different countries, mostly Brazilians: Alice Shintani (Brazil), Amie Siegel (United States), Carmela Gross (Brazil), Daiara Tukano (Brazil), Gala Porras-Kim (Colombia), Jaider Esbell (Brazil), Manthia Diawara (Mali), Naomi Rincón Gallardo (United States), Noa Eshkol (Palestine/Israel), Regina Silveira (Brazil), Seba Calfuqueo (Chile), Sueli Maxakali (Brazil), Victor Anicet (Martinique) and Zózimo Bulbul (Brazil).

The opening of the exhibition will coincide with the symposium Realities of Science Fiction II, presented simultaneously at LUMA Arles from December 16 to 18, 2022, which will present the contemporary perspectives on notions of science-fictional imaginaries, the traces they leave and the ways in which they can transform reality.

For more information, please visit 34th Bienal de São Paulo.

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