Both biennales are ending on the 18th of November and both include artists from all over the world, representative of the international art market systems that allow some artists to rise to a level of global visibility and exclude others. In the 2007 Merco Sul Biennial work by British born artist Francis Alys can be found. Francis Alys’s work that focuses on urban voyeurism can be found in acclaimed institutions around the world, including the largest British contemporary art institution Tate Modern. Aris Marcopoulos is another artist whose work focuses on urban procedures, but from a very different angle: his photographs show skateboard and snowboard culture, the graffiti and the youth that accompanies these notions. The Netherlands born Greek photographer portrays the links that are created by events such as these ones that connect different sides of the world and create dialogues that facilitate creation.
Globalization produces connections and benefits that can be easily disputed depending on which viewpoint you assume. But the instigation of dialogue that it allows through creative processes is one of the aspects that trigger the production of contemporary art. So even if you have no connection with the art world, being part of these international dialogues that are established through the Biennials that take place around the world, make one realize the fact that distances and time are becoming increasingly compressed in the contemporary world.