At its 11th edition, the Mercosul Biennial Porto Alegre brings together the works of about 70 artists and collectives, seeking to look at the economic and cultural interconnections between Africa, America and Europe through the lens of contemporary artistic production. Among the participants are Africans, such as El Anatsui, Ibrahim Mahama and Mary Evans, and Brazilians Arjan Martins and Dalton Paula. With curatorship by Alfons Hug and assistant curatorship by Paula Borghi, the exhibit’s main focus is on African and Afro-Brazilian art, while also presenting indigenous cultures.
In addition to being housed in historic buildings in the city center, there are exhibitions at the Nossa Senhora das Dores Church, in Alfândega Square and in two quilombos, the Areal da Baronesa, in Porto Alegre, and at Casa 6, in Pelotas, who will host artists Camila Soato and Jaime Lauriano for artist residencies. The Biennial can be visited free of charge until 3 June 2018.