Different global perspectives in the experimentation of art in the v seminar of artebrasileiros
Different global perspectives in the experimentation of art in the v seminar of artebrasileiros

Contemporary art has always established links with other areas, just remember Beuys and the ecological issue, in the 1970s, for example, or even the therapeutic practices developed by Lygia Clark, in the same period.

In recent years, however, this approach has indeed created very close relationships, as with the research agency Forensic Architecture, based at the University of London, which is one of the candidates for the Turner Prize, organized by Tate this year.

The group has developed pioneering methods for space investigations of both public and corporate violations around the world. In Brazil, artist and curator Paulo Tavares was part of the British agency, but since last year he has created the Autonomous Agency, a platform dedicated to research and spatial intervention.

The fifth edition of the international seminar ARTE!Brasileiros has as its theme ART BEYOND ART to map works, projects, institutions and even exhibitions that work in a borderline field between art and non-art. Tavares will be one of the second table participants of the afternoon, touching on the advocacy dimension of architecture/visual cultures in the Latin American context. He is currently also co-curator of the Chicago Architecture Biennale, which takes place in 2019.

At the same table, the curator of 33a Bienal de São Paulo, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, to present his proposal; the director of the Museum of Antioquia, Nydia Gutierrez, who developed a fierce defense of the Museum's programming during years of struggle between the FARC and the government, and Anneliek Sijbrandij, founder of the project The Verbier Art Summit, in Switzerland, created to annually bring together artists and academics and make critical reflections on the political and social responsibility of the art world.



The seminar will open with the exhibition of the work “Again/Noch einmal” (Again), by the German Mario Pfeifer, commissioned by the 10th Berlin Biennale, currently on display in Germany. The video uses strategies similar to those developed by Forensic Architecture when reenacting a case of extreme violence and prejudice against immigrants that took place in Germany two years ago, recreating a popular jury that analyzes the case. Pfeifer comes to São Paulo and will talk about his work at the beginning of the seminar.

In the first panel of the morning, they will debate Geopolitics and Art the sociologist and director of Universidad 3 de Febrero in Buenos Aires and director of BIENALSUR, Aníbal Jozami; the assistant director of the Reina Sofia Museum, João Fernandes; the Chilean artist Voluspa Jarpa and the art historian, artistic director of BIENALSUR and director of the cultural area of ​​UNTREF, Diana Weschler.

On display in Palermo, Italy, the 12th edition of Manifesta, the European traveling biennial (read the article on page xx), takes place at the invitation of the city's mayor, Leoluca Orlando, who has been marking his current administration by supporting art as form of social transformation. Palermo is now, in 2018, the cultural capital of Italy. “A decade ago, I'm sure it wouldn't have been possible to organize a cultural event the size of Manifesta here in Palermo. Violence and the mafia would not tolerate it”, said Orlando at the opening of the exhibition two months ago. In his fifth non-consecutive term in the city, he is one of those responsible for the transformation of the capital of Sicily. Unable to attend the Seminar in person, he sends an exclusive statement that will be shown during the Geopolitics and Art panel.

To close the Seminar, curators and Chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation present the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award to JAMAC (Jardim Miriam Arte Clube) and to the artist responsible for its creation and management, Mônica Nador.

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