The city of Resistencia, founded in 1878, is known as The City of Sculptures, with over 554 (at the last count) artworks in open public places. The first urban monuments in Resistencia, the capital city of Chaco Province, in the North of the Argentine Republic were erected in 1920, and in 1998 UNESCO declared Resistencia to be part of the ‘Cultural Heritage of Humanity’. The Bienal del Chaco 2014, on the theme of Homo Novus, is an international Sculpture Biennial in Resistencia, which has become a synthesis of art commissioned and made in public, sculpture festival and urban art gallery and museum. The sculptures are created in public competition in a festival that animates the city, and the ultimate significance of the art works is the respect and pride in the sculpture as an expression of identity of the city. The exceptional importance of the sculpture within the city is the extent of community involvement, where works are not simply placed through a political and cultural authority but are debated, invited, purchased, adopted and protected by the people of Resistencia. Within the typical grid of Spanish colonial urban planning, art is visible everywhere, for everybody, as an everyday experience.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Bienal del Chaco – International Sculpture Biennial – in the city of Resistencia, Chaco, Argentine Republic, from July 12 to July 19 of 2014.
The theme for 2014 is Novo Homus (New Man).
Fifteen sculptors will be selected from international submission
Applications for International Sculpture Biennial 2014 are now open.
The deadline for all submissions is 30 November 2013
The Bienal del Chaco is notable as a long term initiative of sculptor Fabriciano Gomez, and is directed by Mimo Eidman of the Fundación Urunday.
Mimo Eidman, Escultora – Arq, Fundacion Urunday, Comité Organizador de la Bienal Internacional de Escultura 2014, Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina.
Information on the Bienal del Chaco 2012: