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COINCIDENCIA – Swiss & South American Cultural Exchanges

Ursula Biemann & Paulo Tavares «Forest Law»





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COINCIDENCIA is our cultural exchange programme with South America. Its aim is to strengthen networks between Swiss and South American cultural institutions and arts professionals and to set up partnerships. COINCIDENCIA thus constitutes a privileged point of access to the contemporary South American arts scene.

From 2017 to 2020, via a coordination office in Santiago (CHL) and outposts in Buenos Aires (ARG), Bogota (COL) and Sao Paulo (BRA), COINCIDENCIA will be committed to maintaining existing partnerships with local cultural organisations and players and establishing new ones. The long-term goal is to have institutions and practitioners cooperate in joint projects not only in the four countries mentioned above, but also in further regions of the South American continent.

«COINCIDENCIA – Swiss & South American Cultural Exchanges» bolsters our existing ties with South America through the funding of tours and of Swiss participation in cultural events. With the programme we extend our support to all art disciplines and formats promoted by Pro Helvetia, including dance, theatre, visual arts, music and literature, featuring in formats such as exhibitions, research trips, residencies and co-productions.

BudgetCHF 2,7 million

(Photo: Ursula Biemann & Paulo Tavares «Forest Law» (2014), multi-channel video installation; a project supported by Pro Helvetia in the context of its programme COINCIDENCIA and presented in 2017 at the 13th Bienal de Artes Mediales of Santiago de Chile)

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