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abstract curatorial proposal for the xii international architecture biennale of sĂŁo paulo

The collapse of Wilton Paes de Almeida building, during the night of May 1st 2018, in the Center of SĂŁo Paulo, made explicit a number of violences. The debris revealed an oppressive and unequal social structure, that invisibilizes subjects, individuals and bodies and wide opens the power of the market. We live in a city marked by disputes and tensions between those who act to maintain the status quo and voices that contest it. The combustion is imminent. It is from this paradigm that our curatorial argument for the XII Architecture Biennale of SĂŁo Paulo is based. From the ruins of the present, the existences that have been buried, the veiled vestiges in built spaces and the different versions and actions that question places and ideas in the cities that the proposed thematic areas emerge: Matter, Memory and Subversion. By articulating the programme around these three themes, we seek to create a space of encounter and reflection through narratives that challenge the structures of class, race and gender present in Architecture and Urbanism. Therefore, instead of _ what?

instead of

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During the night of May 1st 2018, more than two tons of steel, concrete and

The curation proposes a critique of the status quo of architecture and

glass inflamed and collapsed at Largo Paissandu, in the Center of São Paulo,

urbanism out of the wreckage of the present, from existences that have been

lying with it ashes and wreckage that buried people, stories and history

buried, unnoticed traces of built spaces and from different versions and


altogether. The building was projected in the 1960’s to be a business tower,

actions that question spaces in a city. We understand that the main challenge

but lost its inaugural use throughout time, becoming State owned and, more

of the discipline and professional practice is to find and strengthen different

recently, being used as housing for people to whom the city is denied. The

ways to act upon power structures that uphold its classist and colonizer side

collapse clarified the violence that those who try to make their ways through

and that have been organizing the possibilities of professional agency. In this

the city are subordinated to, in a political context in which the forces that

regard, the goal of this proposal is that the XII BIA present itself as a meeting

sustain an unequal and oppressive society are diffused, condemning different

space and a space of reflection that offers to the public paths through

devices that intended to create or support more just and democratic spaces.

narratives that report material and symbolic conflicts in a built space,

It also left a void – physical and symbolic – that can be taken as an

articulating different experiences and representations that contest class, race

opportunity to reflect upon present events from a radically critical and

and gender structures that are present in architecture and urbanism. For this

reflexive perspective, since different tensions are in combustion between

purpose, the programme of XII BIA will be articulated between three thematic

those who act for the maintenance of a society that is unfair and that

areas: Matter, Memory and Subversion.

oppresses voices who challenge it. This collapse is understood here as a milestone that orients our theme for the XII International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo (XII BIA).

1 The Wilton Paes de Almeida building was projected by the architect Roger Zmekol.


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implementation, such as the simplified sewerage systems from the Centre for

This area will provide reflections on the processes of transformation that

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involve the construction and deconstruction of the physical space, the trajectories and transience of matter. Among the issues that will be addressed here are the solutions found in self-construction, labour relations at the construction site, urban land issues and conflicts related to ‘quilombolas’ and indigenous land. Some examples of works and subjects to be presented in this thematic area are:

memory This area will encompass the dispute over the symbolic dimension of space, relating narratives that expose invisibilized and silenced stories, techniques

Debate on the political, social and environmental implications of implosions and demolitions, and the political feature of technical reports;

and knowledges. We will address themes that rescue different versions of history, places of memory and knowledges of groups that have been historically relegated to the margins of cities’ decision making, planning and construction processes. The program articulated to this are will propose paths

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Screening of the documentary Limpam com fogo, by Conrado Ferrato, Rafael

such as;

Crespo, César Vieira, which deals with the relationship between fires in favelas and real estate speculation in the city of São Paulo;

Circle talks about other references and urban models, such as described in the

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book Campo e cidade na África antiga by the Mozambican Sandro Bruschi; Presentation of fires such as the Wilton Paes de Almeida building in São Paulo


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and the Greenfell Tower in London, in dialogue with representatives of

Exhibition of academic works such as the research Arquitetura tradicional de

housing movements, occupiers, professionals involved in urban policy and

Ouro Preto: preciosa por ser negra [Traditional architecture of Ouro Preto:

legal and technical assistance groups;

precious for being black], by Rodrigo Nogueira e Flora Passos;

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Display of cartographies as ¿A quién pertenece la tierra?, of Argentine collective Iconoclacistas, which reveals the work of peasant women and land-related conflicts; Show reports on the conditions of Indian women

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Walks though the city as the organized by collectives such as História da

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Disputa: Disputa da História and ZUMBIIDO which rescue perspectives and narratives that restore notions rooted in the historiography of the city;

workers in construction, such as material produced by the International Labor

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Organization (ILO);

Intervention with cultural collectives that focus on the urban imaginary with

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graffiti, video mapping, sound system, such as Grupo OPNI, Imargem, Coletivo Exhibition of initiatives that develop projects for sustainable infrastructure

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Coletores and Paulestinos.

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Exhibition of do Cais do Valongo history, past that was brought to the surface

space though orality, exposing urban social conflicts and dissident

during the urban renovation for the Olympics named ‘Porto Maravilha’, in Rio


de Janeiro;

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Exhibition of art works such as Sacudimentos, by Ayrson Heraclitus, who performs in enslavement memory places in Bahia, Brazil and Dakar, Senegal; Debates about the memory in dispute around cases such as the anonymous

Conversations about the experiences of women in urban peripheries, from

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films such as htBaronesa, tp:/ ims.com.br/filme/baronesa/ by Juliana Antunes – a documentary that started from a research project on the Belo Horizonte’s peripheral neighbourhoods with

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female names – and http: Bixa //bit.Travesty ly/2KZgk3r by Claudia Pricilla and Kiko Goifman, about the life of the transwoman singer Linn da Quebrada;

visual interventions that took place in Monumento às Bandeiras and Pátio do Colégio, in the city of São Paulo, places that are symbols of the colonial history and also of the genocide and ‘epistemicídio’ 2 of the native people from the land in which the city was funded.

Encounters that relate bodies, architecture, city and subversion, inviting

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skaters, dance and performance collectives such a MEXA and coletividade

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Workshops with representatives of pedagogical projects which proposes the

subversion This area will relate actions that subvert the form, the use and the discourses of the built environment, and pedagogical practices within the architecture and urbanism field that oppose themselves to the discipline status quo and frame other possible projects.

decolonization of knowledge in architecture and urbanism, such as the

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Palestinian collective DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency); Exhibition of projects that maps the black presence in the architecture and

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urban planning field such as Arquitetas Negras and Arqui_África: Arquitetura

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From this area, the programme will articulate: Conversations and workshops about the political nature of architecture and Dialogues among groups active in the cities, such as cultural occupation in

urbanism education and practice relating students’ action, research initiatives

the peripheries and street parties which works autonomously and resist to

and projects within universities such as those developed by research labs and

silencing actions and political persecution;

groups as LabCidade (FAU (FAU-USP), LabJUTA (UFABC), Lugar Comum

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(FAU-UFBA) and Indisciplinar (EA -UFMG); Slam workshops and performance, poetry battles that subvert the use of 2 Term that refers to the destruction of knowledge and cultures not assimilated by western white culture.

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Meetings with architects and urban planners who propose a different

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perspective for the practice, such as Faranak Mirafta, Leoni Sandercock and

place in an open and inviting format for the exchange and participation of

other representatives of educational institutions that discuss the concept of

different people, considering the diversity of experiences and bodies that

Global South.

inhabit the city. These encounters will take place as circle conversations after film screenings, readings, music and discussions by people involved in the

The curatorial team intend to compose the programming from research,

process. For the activities that will happen outside the exhibition space, the

partnerships, invitations and open calls. It will prioritize pieces that would

curatorial team understands the XII BIA as an opportunity to strengthen

bring perspectives from the peripheries of the Global South – as a way to

actions and collective spaces in different territories of SĂŁo Paulo. Other parts

strengthen networks between countries of Latin America, Africa, Middle East

of the programme, when it comes to workshops and circle conversations, for

and Asia. Its guideline is to be a channel to amplify voices of people who live

example, can happen in autonomous cultural spaces in the city, having as a

realities of exclusion and oppression in cities.

principle to respect their dynamics and interests, the territorial specificities of each one of them.









cartographies and other spatial representations that relate in a broadly term

In this way, the curation intends to engage critically with the political

the themes described in the programme. For some pieces that might not have

dimension of the production of space, starting from the concerns that emerge

a possible format to be exhibited, or that are commissioned, the team will

from the recent events and with the intention of contributing to different

develop the content with the researchers and collectives. The curatorial team

versions, bodies and subjectivities that contest places in the cities. It proposes

proposes that the exhibition space of the XII BIA is a three-month occupation

a wide debate, involving not only architects and urban planning, but also

of an empty location in the city, in an accessible space and well articulated to

other people who participate in the material and symbolic construction of

the public transportation system. In addition to hosting the show, this space

space. It wants to stimulate the international character of the event and at the

will be the meeting point of the event, disseminating, transmitting and

same time ensure that it connects a wider audience in the city of SĂŁo Paulo

recording the actions of the programme that will happen throughout the city.

and Brazil. For this purpose, the curatorial team will seek to weave relations

The monitoring and educational, on the other hand, will be central to propose

using the architecture and urbanism ability to articulate different ways of

possibilities of readings and different pathways through the exhibition

knowledge, circuits and scales.

building the relationship between the works and the public. The intention is that the conformation of the exhibition space of the XII BIA reinforces prerogatives mentioned and provide different narratives, beyond those outlined previously by the curatorship. We understand that the cycle of lectures and debates of the XII BIA must take

greater interaction among digital medias. Open calls for national and international collaboration for the biennale exhibition and activities will be published in the XII BIA’s website and disseminated in social networks in three

disclosure and communication plan

languages; Portuguese, Spanish and English. The debates and ‘circle talks’ will be framed in a mind map using design facilitators, to be than published and shared in the website and social networks. For the activities with international guests, there will be simultaneous interpretation. To include people with disabilities during the encounters there will be a sign language interpreter.

The XII BIA’s communication plan will be framed on diversity, contemplating race, class and gender. The objective is to attract and to dialogue with individuals and groups that have historically been out of Biennales and of

The digital publication which will register the encounters, exchanges, actions and all the graphic pieces presented and produced during the XII BIA will be done through the event’s website.

architecture and urbanism’s discussion spaces until this moment. The strategies focus on architecture and urbanism students and young people engaged with race, class and gender debates who want to discuss the relation

communication action axes

between those issues with architecture and the city. Using a plural language

Website - Will display diverse and relevant content related to the project,

which respects the new contemporary demands, the content will be

such as the curatorial proposal, open calls, news about the XII BIA, calendar,

communicated though teasers, websites, social networks and the disclosure

maps with exhibitions and encounters venues.

will also be displayed in public circulation places, such as bus stops,

Press Office - Will channel the agenda and actions of the XIIBIA to traditional

underground stations, universities, SESC units, and among others. Territorial

and alternative media such as newspapers and magazines and journalism

communication will be a way to reach audience diversity, with disclosures in


strategic places within neighbourhoods distant from the central region of São

Content production - Content for online and offline media (digital and


printed). This item includes systematization and publication of the content

Social media is an important channel for disseminating information. More

generated in debates, such as videos, arts, folders, posters, etc.

than boosting access to the event’s website, it has the potential of engaging

Social Networks - Content production for Facebook and Instagram and live

the audience by using a simpler and more direct language. Most of the posts

streaming on the XII BIA’s digital platform.

made by the communication team will have internal content, with links that

Audiovisual Team - Will be composed of photographers, video makers and

leads the audience to access the XII BIA’s website. The objective is to create

editors to record the activities that will take place during the XII BIA.

the programme’s works and activities, text production, education and mediation.

organizational structure of the team

Communication core will be responsible for the disclosure of media, printed materials, website, documentation of the parallel activities and the main venue, and digital publication. Institutional core will be responsible for relations with national and international guests, to establish partnerships with collaborators and

This proposal was conceived collectively, between the curatorial team and

collectives and mediate institutional relations.

collaborators, people from diverse disciplines and practical experiences with architecture, urbanismo, visual arts, audiovisual, journalism, urban planning, public policies, international relations and history. The curatorial team and collaborators will work collectively and horizontally, articulating research and production among five cores: executive, project, content, communication and institutional. communication

The executive core will be responsible for the production of the exhibition and the parallel events (‘circle talks’, workshops and actions). Will coordinate the exhibition production and installation team, purchase of supplies, venues’


production, logistics, installing and dismantling of exhibition, parallel events, opening and closing production. content

The project core will be responsible for the spatialisation of the XII BIA, exhibit design, lighting, exhibition content formalization and visual identity. The content core will be responsible for research coordination,selection of



programme disclosure



research and selection of the works and activities development of education and mediation methodology inviting contributors and estabilishing partnerships expographic, editorial and communication content hiring team researching venues, pre-production and budgeting formalization of content conceptual plan final exhibition plan producion & installing

exhibition parallel events

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workflow schedule


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opening and closing

executive, project, content, communication and institutional cores

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exhibition production and installation teams (carpenters, metalworkers, lighting team, installation team, movers etc) education and mediation team, researching team, translators, editors, designers, financial suport for works, communication team, audiovisual team, security, janitors etc






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main venue parallel venues (events and external actions)

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exhibition and lighting supplies audiovisual equipments (TV displays, data projectors, screens, sound equipment) furniture (stools, chairs, tables etc)

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exhibition's internal communication (flyers, folders, banners, wall texts and pannels) external disclosure (broadcast media, website, digital publication)

staff, cocktail, show, performance
















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speakers, debaters, facilitators, architects, urbanists, artists, collectives etc

works and supplies transportation team transportation ground and aerial transportation transfers bwtween main venue and parallel venues guests’ hosting

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financial-physic schedule


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Raphael Daibert (proponent) Researcher, works in the intersection of curation, production and art practice. Graduated in International Relations at PUC-SP, he is doing his Master's in Art

team members curriculum

Praxis at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI), in the Netherlands. Founding member of Lanchonete.org, is currently Assistant Editor at ArtsEverywhere.ca. Member of the study group Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures at the University of British Columbia (Canada).

Theo Strecker (proponent)

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Architect and urbanist graduated at Escola da Cidade. Produced the final graduation paper on urban landscape, built and symbolical heritage. Is a founding-partner of Nu Arquitetura, a studio for architecture, construction management, exhibition design and event production. Is a member of the

Ingrid Felix (proponent) Audiovisual producer, studies audio and video at ETEC Jornalista Roberto Marinho. She was an assistant producer of Mukeka Filmes and RedeTV. Member of the collective Casa no Meio do Mundo, where she is responsible for the communication, video and photo editing. Currently coordinates the communication project Cultura Comunica, which was contemplated by the open call 1º Edital Cultura das Periferias da Cidade de São Paulo.

party collective Mamba Negra, in which works with scenography.

Vanessa Mendes (proponent) Master degree in urban planning from The Bartlett Development Planning Unit. Is an architect and urbanist graduated at Escola da Cidade. Currently works as an educator in workshops and projects on the political dimension of urban space production. Works with cultural and popular education along with social movements and collectives in São Paulo.

Luiza Almeida (proponent) Architect and urbanist graduated at Escola da Cidade. Has studied civil

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construction in the technical school Instituto Federal de São Paulo. Produced

Works as a Research Associate at the Centre of Urban Planning & Governance

a final graduation paper on public transportation in São Paulo. Is a

in The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, India. She is a

founding-partner of Nu Arquitetura, a studio for architecture, construction

graduate from the Development Planning Unit in University College London.

management, exhibition design and event production. Is a member of the

Her professional focus lies in contributing towards policy-making processes

party collective Mamba Negra, in which works with scenography.

that address sustainable urban development and gender mainstreaming.

Aluízio Marino

Gisele Brito

Has a Master degree in Territory Management and Planning at Universidade

Is a journalist. Was communication consultant of the urbanist Raquel Rolnik

Federal do ABC. Has a degree in Public Policy Management at Universidade de

and researcher from LabCidade - FAUUSP. Awarded the Santos Dias de Direitos

São Paulo (USP). He is a member of the research team from Laboratório

Humanos and Superação do Racismo - Afropress prizes.

Espaço Público e Direito à Cidade (LabCidade, FAU-USP). Works with social movements and collectives. He is also a social educator and a cartography

Vadão Tagliavini


Graduated in Law and in History at Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Worked with mediation in public participatory processes and as educator in

Cadu Marino

museums. For the last ten years has been working as editor for publishing

Architect and urbanist and researcher. Has a degree in Architecture and

houses. He is a skateboarder since the 1980's.

Urbanism from FAU-USP and a Master degree in Architecture and Urbanism History from the same institution. Member of the international research

Wagner Moreira

group (FAU-USP and Université Sorbonne Paris Cité - USPC): Metropolitan

Is a legal assistant of IDEAS - Assessoria Popular and works with popular

Transition and Centrality in Brazilian Cities in the First Half of the 20th century.

movements. He has a Master degree and PhD degree in Architecture and Urbanism from PPGAU/UFBA. Researcher from Grupo Lugar Comum. Teaches

Camila Boldrini

in the program Residência AU+E - Curso de Especialização em Assistência

Graduated in History at Universidade de São Paulo. Has a Master degree in

Técnica para Habitação e Direito à Cidade, in Salvador.

Language, Art, Practice and Theory from EHESS Paris and is currently attending a Master program in Environmental Anthropology from the National Museum of Natural History of Paris.

Claudio Seichi Kawakami Savaget Bachelor degree in History of Art from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Joined the curatorial committee of Novas Poéticas, focused on young artists. Was assistant curator of the exhibitions Primaverinha (2015) in Oi Futuro and Permanências e Destruições (2015-2018), a project supported by the same institution that sought to articulate architecture and urbanism, contemporary art and memory in Rio de Janeiro.

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