THE BIENNIAL OF THE SOUTH IN PANAMA "Summoning Worlds"
An international project that intends to link up with the cultural agenda of this country, with the intention of stimulating cultural development and promoting new trends of the visual arts. This first edition of the Biennial aims to bring together different points of view regarding artistic production: of its authors, of the institutions and of different audiences.
The Biennial will be a vital action field of for the recognition, fostering and encouragement of artistic creativity and for the promotion new trends of the visual arts in the cultural and urban environment of this Central American region, transforming in a certain manner the city's landscape and its scenarios, actually involving the spectators in a constant dialogue and interaction with these structural practices.
Paintings, drawings, performances, sculptures and installations are some of the art manifestations that may be viewed during the First Biennial of the South in Panama, 2013, "Summoning Worlds".
This artistic event will be held from April 15th to May 30th in several areas of the city: the Casco Antiguo (Old City), at the Ciudad del Saber (City of Knowledge), on the coastal strip, among others, mentions the gallery owner Luz Botero, of Luz Botero Fine Art, organizer of the event in conjunction with the Mayor of Panama, and with the support of the National Institute of Culture.
She points out that the activity linked to the celebration of the Fifth Centennial of the Discovery of the Mar del Sur (South Sea), will have over 250 local and foreign participating artists.
Jose Manuel Noceda, Clara Astiasarán, Llilian Llanes Godoy and Nelson Herrera Ysla were the curators of the Havana Biennial, Cuba, and they will also be the curators of this event. We are considering staging in Panama all the different art disciplines, all the trends, from the most traditional to the most innovative, quoted Noceda.
This will be done in order to make it a diverse and plural Biennial, both in regards to the participating generations, as well as the art manifestations and disciplines that will be involved, explains the curator.
Meanwhile, Herrera Ysla noted that Biennials always have an extraordinary social component, as there are many people who remain indifferent to art, "that never cross the door of a museum out of fear or prejudice", and thanks to this type of activities, outdoors, they manage to lose that fear.