THE 27TH BIENNIAL OF SÃO PAULO
07 October–17 December 2006
How To Live Together
The Norwegian artist Lars Ramberg (b. 1964 in Oslo) will participate in the upcoming 27th Biennial of São Paulo exhibition How to Live Together. This edition of the biennial is the first in which the selection of all artists will be made by the international curatorial team of Chief Curator Lisette Lagnado together with Cristina Freire, Rosa Martinez, Adriano Pedrosa, and José Roca, replacing the traditional model of national representation. Ramberg has been selected by the co-curator José Roca as one of the artists to participate in this group exhibition.
Since the mid-nineties, Ramberg has produced projects that rely on various strategies of intervention to underscore the profound social and political implications obscured by the official contexts of public information and communication. In pursuing his investigations, Ramberg incorporates source materials that reveal propagandistic tendencies associated with nearly every register of social experience. His controversial monument Liberté, realized at the National Museum of Art in Oslo in 2005, was the subject of much public debate. Using the French gift of the Statue of Liberty to the United States as a historical point of departure, Ramberg offered single occupancy, mechanized public toilets (a gift from the French manufacturer JCDecaux) as a contemporary monument to ideas of individual freedom, personal hygiene, and national identity. Ramberg's Palast des ZWEIFELS (Palace of Doubt) from 2005 contributed to public debate in Berlin regarding the proposed demolition of the former East German parliament buidling. Situating itself ambiguously in the polemics of the site's history and fate, his huge sign of letters placed atop the building's façade–spelling out the word "doubt" in German–became a poignant symbol reflecting the identity politics of recent German history.
Lars Ramberg lives and works in Berlin. His work has been the subject of many solo and group exhibitions at venues such as the National Museum of Art in Oslo, the Bergen Kunsthall, the Hamburger Bahnhof and Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, and the Kunsthalle Dresden, among many others. In addition to the 27th Biennial of São Paulo, Ramberg will also participate in an upcoming group exhibition at the Tamayo Art Museum in Mexico City.
27a Bienal de São Paulo
For the first time in the history of the Biennial of São Paulo (founded 1951), this edition is grounded in a borderless conception, which does away with the so-called national representations. The 27th Biennial of São Paulo is situated at the intersection of two lines of thought: the sense of "construction", which lies at the basis of neoconcrete experimentation, and a "farewell to aestheticism" – processes that guided the experimentation of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (Rio de Janeiro, 1937?1980). In the exhibition, these two lines are translated into "Constructive Projects" and "Programs for Life". The title of the Biennial exhibition, How to Live Together, is inspired by the lectures and seminars given by Roland Barthes at the Collège de France, as a reflection on the construction of a common space, and cooperative practices. Would the creative potential be able to build freedom? How to really engage in exchanges between art and society?