Exhibition "Hands: 35 years of the Afro-Brazilian Hand"

Fri20out(Oct 20)10:00sun03tue(Mar 3)18:00Exhibition "Hands: 35 years of the Afro-Brazilian Hand"Curated by Claudinei Roberto da Silva, the current exhibition brings an excerpt from the 1988 exhibition and a major update, with popular, academic, modern and contemporary artistsMuseum of Modern Art of São Paulo (MAM SP), Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral, s/nº, Vila Mariana, São Paulo – SP


From the 19nd of October, the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo and the Afro Brazil Museum Emanoel Araujo present the exhibition Hands: 35 years of the Afro-Brazilian Hand. Exhibited simultaneously in both institutions, the exhibition is curated by Claudinei Roberto da Silva – curator, artist, member of the MAM Arts Commission and guest curator at MAB Emanoel Araujo – and brings together paintings, engravings, photographs, sculptures and documents by more than 30 Brazilian artists of African descent, popular, academic, modern and/or contemporary. The exhibition celebrates and revisits the legacy of The Afro-Brazilian Hand, an exhibition held at MAM in 1988 – the centenary year of the abolition of slavery – curated by Emanoel Araujo and which marked the history of art in the country. The exhibition is sponsored by Vale Cultural Institute through the culture incentive law.

The idea for the exhibition was shared with Emanoel Araujo (1940 – 2022), artist, curator, creator and director of the Museu Afro Brasil, who was enthusiastic about carrying out the institutional partnership, but was unable to see the project come to fruition. The current exhibition is also a tribute from both institutions to their legacy.

"Hands: 35 years of the Afro-Brazilian Hand at MAM, held in partnership with the Museu Afro Brasil Emanoel Araujo, renamed in honor of its founder, it is inaugurated 35 years after the pioneering version made at MAM São Paulo. More than joining a discussion that is currently very present in institutions, the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art revisits its history, revealing its pioneering spirit in relation to the appreciation of Afro-Brazilian art that so deeply marks national identity and culture” , comments Elizabeth Machado, president of MAM.

“It was through a series of exhibitions held by Emanoel Araujo that the Afro Brasil Museum project – the name by which the institution became known, before adopting the name of its founder – began to acquire its contours, before it even officially existed. And it can be said that it is found in the historic exhibition The Afro-Brazilian Hand (1988), as well as in the homonymous publication, also organized by Araujo, the genes of the Museum he created, both from a conceptual point of view and from the constitution of its collections”, he states Sandra Salles, executive director of the Afro Brasil Emanoel Araujo Museum.

At MAM, the exhibition will be shown in the Sala Paulo Figueiredo with works by Agnaldo Manuel dos Santos, Aline Bispo, Almandrade, André Ricardo, Arthur Timótheo da Costa, Betto Souza, Claudio Cupertino, Cosme Martins, Denis Moreira, Diogo Nógue, Edival Ramosa, Edu Silva, Emanoel Araujo, Emaye – Natalia Marques, Eneida Sanches, Estevão Roberto da Silva, Flávia Santos, Genilson Soares, Heitor dos Prazeres, João Timótheo da Costa, Jorge dos Anjos, José Adário dos Santos, Leandro Mendes, Luiz 83, Maria Lídia Magliani, Maurino de Araújo, May Agontinmé, Mestre Didi, Néia Martins, Nivaldo Carmo, Otávio Araújo, Paulo Nazareth, Peter de Brito, Rebeca Carapiá, Rommulo Vieira Conceição, Rosana Paulino, Rubem Valentim, Sérgio Adriano H, Sidney Amaral, Sonia Gomes, Taygoara Schiavinoto, Wilson Tibério and Yêdamaria.

And at MAB Emanoel Araujo, the works of Emanoel Araujo, Denis Moreira, May Agontinmé, Juliana dos Santos, Lidia Lisbôa and Renata Felinto will be exhibited at the Carolina Maria de Jesus Library, alongside documents relating to the 1988 exhibition belonging to the MAM Archive .

Claudinei Roberto explains that Hands: 35 years of the Afro-Brazilian Hand reviews the historic exhibition from 35 years ago based on now historicized productions and other contemporary achievements that, naturally, were not present in the 1988 exhibition, but which, in any case, provide evidence of the current panorama of Afro-Brazilian art.

“Epistemicide is the term created to mark the processes of erasure and silencing of the history and culture of a given group. In a social scenario historically marked by profound inequality of race, class and gender, epistemicide is also a result of structural racism that among us creates conditions for education, art and cultural institutions to neglect the symbolic productions of weakened social sectors, consequently, remain subordinate. Therefore, the current emergence and appreciation of Afro-Brazilian and Afro-diasporic art has its rhythm influenced by the advancement of the struggles for civil rights undertaken by black women and men in the country”, reflects Claudinei in the text that makes up the catalogue.

For Caue Alves, chief curator of MAM, in addition to its artistic and social relevance, Hands: 35 years of the Afro-Brazilian Hand It is fundamental for reflecting on the history of exhibitions. “Held 35 years after The Afro-Brazilian Hand, also made at MAM in São Paulo by Emanoel Araujo, it updates the debate and reopens a field of possibilities. “This narrative, which addresses the first exhibitions on Afro-Brazilian art, has The Afro-Brazilian Hand as a fundamental part of projecting future possibilities. The exhibition values ​​the symbolic production of those who have traditionally been relegated to the margins in the official narratives of the institutions that have dominated discussions about the arts in the last 150 years”, comments Cauê Alves in an essay in the catalogue.

Exposure | Hands: 35 years of the Afro-Brazilian Hand
From October 20, 2023 to March 03, 2024
Tuesday to Sunday, 10:18 am to 17:30 pm (last entry at XNUMX:XNUMX pm)
Tickets: R$30,00 full price and R$15,00 half price. On Sundays, entry is free and visitors can contribute whatever amount they want. For advance tickets, go to mam.org.br/visite


October 20 (Friday) 10:00 - March 3 (Sunday) 18:00


Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo (MAM SP)

Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral, s/nº, Vila Mariana, São Paulo – SP


Claudinei Roberto da Silva

He is a visual artist, curator and professor of Art Education at USP. He was coordinator of the Education Center at Museu Afro, co-curator of the 13th edition of the Bienal Naïfs do Brasil and curator of several exhibitions, including PretAtitude and Viver till the end o que me me! – Sidney Amaral.

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