Informe de Resultados – Componente Educativo BIACI


Para la Fundación Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Cartagena de Indias fue esencial trabajar en la formación de públicos ofreciendo herramientas pedagógicas que acercaran a los espectadores al arte contemporáneo y les permita aprovechar y disfrutar de la Bienal. Para lograr este objetivo en el 2013 y 2014 se llevaron a cabo conferencias, talleres, visitas guiadas y charlas con el fin de contribuir al desarrollo de procesos creativos en la formación de jóvenes, maestros y artistas locales en torno al arte.

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The First International Biennial of Contemporary Art is not just another biennial. In addition to the BIACI goal of establishing a foundation for the exhibition and promotion of international contemporary art, the Biennial was started with the express purpose of serving as a pedagogical tool for the people and particularly the youth of Cartagena and all of Colombia.

Support the Foundation!


Come pick up a guidebook of the first International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias at any one of the spaces in the list below to learn more about each of the participating artists and their projects. The official Biennial tote bags are also available to take home. KALAS, perhaps the only artwork you can walk out with under your arm, is a reimagined inversion of the publication CARAS, the Colombian lifestyle magazine which is known for its focus on luxury, elegance and high society.

Film Program


BIACI invites you to attend the conference Re-Imagining the Image by film program curator, Paul Willemsen, on Tuesday March 11th 2014 at the Alianza Francesa at 5:00PM. Followed there will be a screening of the film: How Not to be seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File by Hito Steyerl at 7:00 PM.

This week in BIACI


BIACI invites you to join us this week for a variety of diverse events including conferences, film screenings, and performance.
Wednesday March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Ciudad Móvil, Getsemaní please join us for the screening of the video art series Nueva Ficción, which explore how narratives are created.

BIACI Film Festival


The first International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias welcomes you to enjoy the BIACI Film Program. Including international films from various countries around the world, the film program aims to create space within Contemporary Art and in the city of Cartagena for the appreciation of the seventh art.

Say It Loud Multi-media Interactive Installation by Satch Hoyt Plaza del Pozo, Getsemaní


The general public, Biennial visitors and residents of Cartagena, are invited to activate Satch Hoyt’s interactive installation Say It Loud this Sunday March 2, 2014 at 5 p.m. We will transform the Plaza del Pozo in Getsemaní by activating Hoyt’s installation and utilizing it to create a communal gathering where we are free to declare, demand, sing, laugh and express ourselves freely.

Radio Amazonas, produced by François Bucher in collaboration with BIACI


Beginning on February 26, 2014 be sure to tune in to Radio Amazonas, a new multimedia project by the artist François Bucher, produced in collaboration with the First International Biennial of Contemporary Art ofCartagena de Indias. Invited by Artistic Director, Berta Sichel, and using the strong tradition of radio in Colombia as a starting point for the creation of a new biennial-commissioned artwork, François Bucher recorded nine radio transmissions in the Amazon jungle in the border region between Colombia and Brazil. All nine chapters of Radio Amazonas can be accessed on our homepage

The Impact of the First International Biennial of Contemporary Art is felt throughout the city of Cartagena.


We are only a few weeks into the first edition of the BIACI, and already the impact of the biennial is reverberating throughout the city. 120 works of art by international artists can be found throughout the city’s museums, colonial houses, fortifications and public spaces, and access to all exhibitions in addition to the performance, film, and conference program are free and open to the public.

Compañía Periferia BIACI

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This Saturday, February 22 at 7 p.m., the first International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias is pleased to present the latest work from contemporary dance company Compañía Periferia, Insubordinación: Más allá de la piedra.
ate: Saturday February 22, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Calle del Pedregal en Getsemaní
Free entrance

Africa is represented in BIACI with the work of Emeka Ogboh

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As soon as he stepped in Cartagena de Indias, the Nigerian artist, asked directions to get to San Basilio de Palenque, the first freed town in America. Palenque was named an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since its habitants still preserve the traditions and customs of their African ancestors. Ogboh is interested in visiting the town to hear and record the “sound” of his people with the intention, of perhaps, producing a piece about Palenque.

Richard Garet: From darkness into the sublime and magnificent

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To enter the Museo Histórico Palacio de la Inquisición and listen to the poems of Mario Benedetti is a unique contrast created by Richard Garet, an Uruguayan artist participating in the First International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Cartagena de Indias, with his piece, The Liberation of the Senses. In the middle of the torture elements and the obscure symbolism that surrounds the Palacio de la Inquisición, he manages to purify the space. Garet is a multidisciplinary artist that has been working with sound for over twenty-five years. Sound art or Sonic art expanded as a form of art in the 90’s, when Garet just moved to New York, where he has exhibited his works at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

María Nepomuceno, A Burst of Color!


The art compositions of Maria Nepomuceno, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, combine string, straw, ceramic pieces, found objects and beads, all together representing her strong connection to the artisan traditions of Latin America. For the First International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Cartagena de Indias, Nepomuceno has created an installation with different terracotta flowerpots, textiles, and local handcrafts. Her piece is titled: E a vida vence! and it’s installed in an abandoned parking lot in the colorful neighborhood of Getsemaní.

Oscar Murillo: A young promise in the art world


Everybody wanted to meet Oscar Murillo and talk to him, but he only gave a few interviews. Oscar does not want to speak about his recent acclaimed works of art that were sold at Christie’s and other well-known auction houses for very high prices and all the boom it created. He prefers to concentrate on his work rather than in his success. Even though he is only 28, Murillo has a desirable curriculum: he graduated from the Royal College of Art; his works have been acquired and promoted by Charles Saatchi, considered a great benefactor of contemporary art and one of the most important art collectors in the United Kingdom; while he has managed to consolidate his artistic career in a very short period of time.