Upon recommendation by the jury, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has commissioned Swiss-Brazilian artist Guerreiro do Divino Amor to take over the Swiss Pavilion for the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. His monumental project "Super Superior Civilizations" explores the imageries of political mythologies and their usage.
"Super Superior Civilizations" poses a critical view of the visual language presented in national political myths, and explores their cultural charge, their hierarchization, and their use. In his compelling approach, Guerreiro do Divino Amor ties together different narratives with virtuosity, irony, and humor.Through these layers of connectivity, he effectively carves out the diverse entanglements of our globalized existence that have been impacted by aspects such as postcolonial distortion.
With his work at the Swiss Pavilion, Guerreiro do Divino Amor writes another chapter in his monumental saga «Superfictional World Atlas», which he has been working on since 2005. He chose Andrea Bellini, who currently oversees the Center d'Art Contemporain and the Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement in Geneva, to curate the project's gestation. In the summer of 2022, Andrea Bellini curated Guerreiro do Divino Amor's exhibition «Superfictional Sanctuaries» at the Center d'Art Contemporain.
The exhibition "Super Superior Civilizations" is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Center d'Art Contemporain in Geneva. A special thanks goes to the Embassy of Foreign Artists and the Istituto Svizzero di Roma.
Read more about the artist and the Swiss Pavilion jury here.
Image: Guerreiro do Divino Amor © Diego Paulino