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Switzerland at Biennale 2024

Guerreiro do Divino Amor
by Alain Chivilò

© Alain Chivilò

The Swiss Pavilion, for the 60th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale – La Biennale di Venezia, has commissioned Swiss-Brazilian artist Guerreiro do Divino Amor to partdecipate as winner of a selection of five colleagues. His monumental project Super Superior Civilizations explores the imageries of political mythologies and their usage.
As indicated the artist about his name: “Guerreiro (which translates as “warrior”) is my last name. Divino Amor (“divine love”) was a joke that came about when I was a teenager and my father was dating an evangelical pastor. She wanted to get me into the church, and it was sort of a provocation, I wanted to set up a heavy metal band to perform in the church. It never happened, but I really liked the name, “Warrior of Divine Love”. Then it acquired many more meanings linked to my work and life, and today it has come to represent my mission in life, in a way”.
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.

60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
20 April – 24 November 2024
Pavilion of Switzerland
Super Superior Civilizations

by Alain Chivilò