The Faena Festival, which explores the different narratives and mythologies associated with America, debuted on April 8th in Buenos Aires and spread across the city in collaboration with the Semana del Arte and ArteBA, one of the largest contemporary art fairs in Latin America.
The first edition of the festival explores Buenos Aires’ influential role as a port city that has long received immigrants, refugees and travelers. ‘This Is Not America’ addresses the continent of America as a concept more than a place, a powerful idea that is greater than the waters and borders that frame it, says Zoe Lukov, curator for Faena Art.
The Festival featureed site-specific commissions, large-scale installations and stunning performances across a range of artistic genres from artists like Cecilia Bengolea, Alfredo Jaar, Isabel Lewis, Luna Paiva and Fernando Rubio, as well as film and video work from Joseph Beuys, Ana Teresa Fernández and Boris Mitić.
In the dark times in which we live, the spaces of art and culture are the last spaces of freedom. It is there where artists can breathe. When politics has failed miserably, culture is our most precious capital. Affirm it: culture = capital. Art must go out into the street and occupy every space available to try to correct the landscape of lies that overwhelm us. We have to create small cracks in the system. Thanks to Faena, first in Miami, now in my beloved Buenos Aires, A Logo for America is still alive and insists on the true meaning of the word America. We are all Americans.