when the rain comes

CWith programming suspended since March 17th due to the coronavirus pandemic, Itaú Cultural has intensified and expanded the production of content for various audiences – such as podcasts, distance learning courses and videos – on the institution’s website and social networks and on Itaú Cultural Encyclopedia of Brazilian Art and Culture.

Call for Deaf Poetry

On April 27, the institution opened the application for projects for the deaf poetry, continuing the series of releases of Art as a breath: multiple emergency notices; public notices to support art and culture producers, currently subject to acting alone and without remuneration. Before deaf poetry, the areas of performing arts, music and visual arts were contemplated. The new public notice is aimed exclusively at poets who are deaf or hard of hearing. Artists can register, until the 1st of May, through the link.

The poetry entered must be finished and be an individual creation of the participating artist, being accepted works previously produced or created in this collection period. It must be presented in video format in Libras, with subtitles in Portuguese or in visual vernacular, also known in Brazil as Libras 3D.

The 2,5 works selected by the Itaú Cultural Education and Relationship team will each receive a gross amount of R$ 25 as remuneration for licensing the copyright of the work. Itaú Cultural will contact the selected artists by email until the XNUMXth of May. Along with the financial remuneration, the public notice guarantees the presentation to the public of the awarded works, via a virtual platform, either through the organization's virtual programming grid or through its social networks.

The project Art as a breath: multiple emergency notices intends to cover more areas of artistic expression, counting, for that, with a new release every week.

Children's Animation Show

Between April 27th and May 27th, Itaú Cultural makes available on its website the Animation Show for Children (and all audiences). The virtual festival brings together ten titles from the national production of short films, each coming from a different state of Brazil. Are they: rain girl, from Rio de Janeiro, Travel in the Rain, from Goiás, To See Poetry, from Pará, Òrun Àiyé: the creation of the world, from Bahia, Path of the Giants, from Sao Paulo, Lipe, grandpa and the monster, from Rio Grande do Sul, On the way to school, of the Holy Spirit, My Best Friend, of Minas Gerais, Vivi Wolf and the Magic Room, from Paraná, and When does the rain come?, from Pernambuco. The films were made in the last decade and allow a glimpse not only of the different themes but also of the different animation techniques used, from the most modern to the most traditional.

virtual learning

On the 21st, the organization started registration for the EAD course on History of Art: A Possible Look at Visual Arts Production in Brazil. At first, the proposal was 70 places available, but due to the high number of registrations, Itaú Cultural ended up expanding the proposal, turning it into a series of lectures with live transmission and open to the public. The course is divided into 12 meetings, each lasting an hour and a half, held on Mondays and Tuesdays. The lectures will be broadcast at 19 pm on the institution's YouTube channel, starting on May 4th and ending on June 9th. Taught by professor and curator Marcos Moraes, the lectures offer a panoramic view of Brazilian art, from the colonial period to the present, analyzing artists, works and the context in which they are inserted.

sharing looks

In addition to the virtual initiatives to encourage artists and education, Itaú Cultural launched the Views on Covid-19, ground zero going against some projects already explored in the arte!brasileirosSuch as Diaries of a Pandemic. Its proposal is to establish an imagery dialogue with photographers around the world about the impacts, transformations and daily life during the global crisis of covid-19. Mediating this conversation is About Light blog editor Cassiano Viana. For him, “it's not about technique or the act of photographing itself. It is much more a correspondence with people from different realities and who have the look, observation and record through images as a means of expression and a way to materialize feelings in these times of isolation”. 

The first photographic report, waiting for spring, is from Zeng Jia in Beijing, China, the country where the coronavirus outbreak originated. “To be honest, I was a little scared remembering Sars in 2003. Beijing had a difficult time at the time. I was 9 years old, I remember schools were closed for almost two months. Now, as an adult, seeing that people don't have the courage to go out, even when the streets are empty and it's really necessary to wear masks all the time, I realize that the situation is as serious as 2003”, observes Zeng Jia.


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