Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art Home


Document first page thumbnail
  • ICAA Record ID
    Piel a piel / Roberto Guevara
    Piel a piel XII Bienal de Sao Paulo. -- Caracas, Venezuela : Instituto Nacional de Cultura y Belas Artes - INCIBA, 1973
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    Guevara, Roberto. "Piel a piel." In Piel a piel XII Bienal de Sao Paulo. Caracas, Venezuela : Instituto Nacional de Cultura y Belas Artes - INCIBA, 1973

Venezuelan critic Roberto Guevara comments on the underlying concept of the Venezuelan representation at the XII São Paulo Biennial in 1973; it consisted of a collective work by Margot Römer, Ana María Mazzei, William Stone, Rolando Dorrego, and Germán Socorro. In the text, Guevara analyzes the principles of visual and tactile perception that underlie Piel a piel [Skin to Skin], while also briefly describing each of the six environments that comprise the [work]. Each of these presents a different stimulus [soft, bright, hot, rough, etc.) that generates a particular sensation in the viewer and that creates an awareness of their own processes of perception.


In 1973, Venezuela participated in the XII São Paulo Biennial with a collective work by Margot Römer (b. 1938), Ana María Mazzei (b. 1946), María Zabala (1945–1987), William Stone (1945–2004), Rolando Dorrego (1943–­1986), and Germán Socorro. The approach in Piel a piel consisted of six environments—five lateral and one in the center— that explored different sensations on the skin produced by various stimuli. This text that presents the Venezuelan entry is by critic Roberto Guevara, who sees the work as a new way to explore connections to reality through the body. Likewise, the author’s descriptions constitute a fortuitous “reconstruction” of the ephemeral space that was meant to generate experiences. It is important to note the prominence of this collective at the beginning of the 1970s within the unconventional art scene in Venezuela, producing such works as El autobús [The Bus] (1971) and Las sensaciones perdidas del hombre [Lost Sensations of Man] (1972). These experimental works coincided with the rise of action art and Venezuelan artists’s search for new methods. The inclusion of Piel a piel in the XII São Paulo Biennial signified a place for alternative spaces and discourses within official art.

Rigel Garcia
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Roberto Guevara, 1973
CINAP. Centro de Informacion Nacional de Artes Plásticas. Galería de Arte Nacional, Plaza Los Museos, Los Caobos, Caracas.