Ani Ganzala, Odoyá, 2022. Photo: André Pitol
Ani Ganzala, Odoyá, 2016. Photo: Cláudio Colavolpe

On display until the 2nd of April at Sesc Pompeii, the exposure A parable of progress departs from three Brazilian historical milestones – the September 1822th Bicentennial (100), the 1922th anniversary of the Modern Art Week in São Paulo (40) and the XNUMXth anniversary of the Pompeii unit – to discuss the ideals of modernity and independence in Brazil .

The show began to be conceived in the first half of 2021, by its curatorial coordinator, the critic Lisette Lagnado, in partnership with professor Mirtes Marins de Oliveira, master and doctor in Education: History, Politics and Society, by PUC-SP, which , later, left the project due to scheduling incompatibility. Initially, the focus was more restricted, seeking to reflect on “how the Week of 22 inside on contemporary issues”, explains Lisette.

In November 2021, with Lisette’s return from Germany – where she worked on the curatorial team for the 11th Berlin Biennial (2020) – to São Paulo, she was joined by two associate curators: Yudi Rafael and André Pitol. With them, the reflection expanded, encompassing the ephemeris of the Bicentennial. For Lisette, talking about modernity implies talking about coloniality. Which led the trio of curators to invite “collective agents to think about what the modern and colonization imploded, which are lives, existences in communities”, explains Lisette.

After field research, Lisette, Yudi and André put together what they call “five dialogic spaces”: the Laje Collection (from the railroad suburb of Salvador, Bahia), Aldeia Kalipety (from the city of São Paulo), Casa do Povo (also from São Paulo), Quilombo Santa Rosa dos Pretos (from Itapecuru Mirim, in Maranhão), and Savvy Contemporary – the Laboratory of form-ideas (from Berlin, Germany).

The five collective territories of The Parable of Progress aligned cultural production with a perspective of care and hospitality in relation to the surrounding communities. In the exhibition, these projects dialogue, in turn, with the proposal of a “citadel” conceived by Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992) in the architecture of Sesc Pompeia, “a space of conviviality par excellence”, emphasizes the curator.

Issues of race, gender and class are brought to the fore by the curatorial team, when confronting works by Tarsila do Amaral, Emiliano di Cavalcanti, Cândido Portinari, Vicente do Rego Monteiro, Lasar Segall and Anita Malfatti with the production of contemporary artists such as Ani Ganzala , Alice Yura, Barbara Marcel, Emilia Estrada and Márcia Falcão, among others.

arte!brasileiros visited the exhibition and talked with Lisette, Yudi Rafael and André Pitol. Check out:

Also read Maria Hirszman's review by clicking here.


The Parable of Progress
Curatorship: Lisette Lagnado; Associate curators: André Pitol and Yudi Rafael
Until April 2, 2023
Living area at Sesc Pompeia – R. Clélia, 93 – São Paulo (SP)
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 21 pm; Sundays and holidays, from 10 am to 18 pm
free visit

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