Titled Affective Affinities, the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo questions the predominant 'thematic' model in contemporary exhibitions, instead distributing the curatorial responsibilities between seven artists from different backgrounds, generations and art practices. This alternative 'operating system' aims to shed light on the way that artists articulate and understand their own creative communities.

The Bienal is comprised of seven group exhibitions, each conceived by a different artist-curator - Karin Mamma Anderson, Antonio Ballester Moreno, Sofia Borges, Waltercio Caldas, Alejandro Cesarco, Claudia Fontes and Wura-Natasha Ogunji.

Running alongside are twelve solo projects, selected by the Bienal's overall curator Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, including posthumous tributes to Aníbal López, Feliciano Centurión and Lucia Nogueira.

“I wanted to show artists that were historical, but not necessarily famous... The artists honoured are little known in Latin America, despite being exponents of their generation. Therefore, bringing them to the Bienal is a way of rescuing them from disappearing from the history of art, and showing them to new generations.”

Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, curator of Affective Affinities

The Henry Moore Foundation has assisted in funding this comprehensive solo exhibition of artist Lucia Nogueira (1950-98), who was born in Brazil but spent the second half of her life in the UK, having moved there at the age of twenty-five to visit her brother.

Despite achieving international recognition, Nogueira is still relatively unknown in her home country, and this will be the first extensive presentation of her work in Brazil.

Her sculptures and installations, which are the focus of her solo show at the 33rd Bienal, subvert the utilitarianism of objects with subtle humour, both through their unexpected association of elements and the wordplays constantly present in their titles, which create an atmosphere of strangeness and poetry.

The Henry Moore Foundation awarded £7,000 towards this exhibition.

The 33rd Bienal de São Paulo – Affective Affinities opened on 7 September and runs until 9 December 2018. For more information see www.bienal.org.br.

The work of Lucia Nogueira is currently on display at the Henry Moore Institute in Lucia Nogueira (5 October 2018 - 20 January 2019), and has previously been displayed in the group shows The Sculpture Collections (22 March - 23 September 2018) and Other Criteria: Sculpture in 20th Century Britain (26 September - 28 March 2003).

Henry Moore was awarded the International Sculpture Prize at the 2nd Bienal de São Paulo in 1953.

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