Geography and art are important partners. Critics constantly debate the role of place in the creation of art. Is it inevitable that artists from São Paulo and Rio will have different styles and priorities any more than it is assumed that artists from New York and Los Angeles do? Do artists find an essential energy in their environment? Do artists shape their cities, and are they shaped by their cities? How can the cities of tomorrow contribute meaningfully to culture and to the well-being of artists? What makes for a culturally nourishing city? What is the greatest strength that artists can receive from their city? What can they give back?
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Jac Leirner was born and raised in São Paulo, which continues to be her center of activity. Her conceptual practice is known internationally and her work is in the collections of the Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo. She has exhibited in the Venice Biennale, the São Paulo Biennial, and Documenta. Her recent retrospective at the São Paulo Pinacoteca do Estado won the APCA prize for best exhibition of the year of 2011.
Jonathas de Andrade lives and works in Recife. His art investigates things within culture that are in danger of vanishing. He has participated in the 12th Lyon Bienale (2013), the New Museum Triennial (2012), the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011), the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010), and the 7th Mercosul Biennial (2009). He recently received a special jury prize for the Future Generation Art Prize Exhibition (2012) at the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Lucia Koch is an artist who analyzes and implements architectural space. She was born in Porto Alegre and lives and works in São Paulo. Koch has participated in the 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013), the 11th Lyon Biennial (2011), the 27th São Paulo Biennial (2006), the 2nd, 5th, and 8th editions of the Mercosul Biennial (1999, 2007, 2013), and the 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003).