“Brecha Democrática” – Programme

A series of events taking place at the Brazilian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, S.a.L.E Docks and Biblioteca di Marghera on 10-11 October 2015. Organised by Transnational Dialogues, European Alternatives, Universidade Nômade and the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo.
* Here you can read the event's conceptual background in English, Italian or Portuguese.

Saturday 10 October 2015 at Giardini della Biennale and Biblioteca di Marghera

11h00-12h30, Brazilian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale*, Giardini – visit and informal discussion led by the curator, Luiz Camillo Osorio

Transfer to Marghera (vaporetto from Giardini + bus)

16h30-19h00, Biblioteca di Marghera (Piazza del Mercato, 40/B) – Cultural Institutes and Institutions: Culture as Commons / Istituti e istituzioni culturali: Cultura come bene comune – Opening address: Gianfranco Bettin – Speakers: Luiz Camillo Osorio / Iva Čukić / Riccardo Caldura / Ma Yongfeng – Moderator: Lorenzo Marsili

Sunday 11 October 2015 at S.a.L.E. Docks (Magazzini del Sale, Dorsoduro)

14h30, Performance “The Colonial Wound Still Hurts” by Jota Mombaça

15h00-17h00, Democratic Breach Today: Brazil and Europe between crisis and rebellion – Speakers: Giuseppe Cocco / Raul Sanchez / Marta Canino / Fabio Mengali / Lorenzo Marsili

17h30-19h00, The Aesthetic of Politics and the Politics of Aesthetic – Speakers: Luiz Camillo Osorio / Barbara Szaniecki / Valeria Mancinelli / Massimo Mazzone / MP5 | with a presentation of videos and images on Brazilian demonstrations and artivism

19h00-20h30, Marginal Notes: Where the next rupture will be – Speakers: Silvia Dal Dosso / Luigi Galimberti / Jota Mombaça / Marco Baravalle


Times and speakers may be subject to modification. Please, check this page regularly for an up-to-date programme of the event. All events are free to attend and open to all. Registration is not required. Discussions and presentations will be in English and Italian.

*The visit to the Brazilian Pavilion requires a valid entry ticket to the Venice Biennale, which unfortunately we are not able to provide. We apologise for that.



Gianfranco Bettin is a sociologist and head of the municipality of Marghera

Luiz Camillo Osorio is curator of the Brazilian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale

Iva Čukić is an activist and researcher

Riccardo Caldura is an art critic and curator

Ma Yongfeng is a Beijing-based artist and curator

Jota Mombaça is a performance artist and researcher

Giuseppe Cocco is a political scientist

Raul Sanchez is an activist and researcher

Marta Canino is an activist

Fabio Mengali is an activist

Lorenzo Marsili is director of European Alternatives

Barbara Szaniecki is a designer and researcher

Valeria Mancinelli is a researcher and cultural manager

Massimo Mazzone is a sculptor and member of Escuela Moderna/Ateneo Libertario

MP5 is a visual artist

Silvia Dal Dosso is a video-maker

Luigi Galimberti is coordinator of Transnational Dialogues

Marco Baravalle is an activist and cultural manager