Sat01Jun10:00sun04August(Aug 4)18:00Exhibition "YVY MARÃEY - THE LAND WITHOUT EVIL"Exhibition covers the journey through the ancestral search of the Guarani at the Museum of Contemporary Art in NiteróiMAC Niteroi, Mirante da Boa Viagem, s/nº - Boa Viagem, Niterói - Rio de Janeiro - RJ


O Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói – MAC will host, between June 1st and August 4th, 2024, the photographic exhibition “YVY MARÃEY – THE LAND WITHOUT EVIL”. This unprecedented series delves into the ancestral roots of the Guarani people, through the lens of photographer Daniel Sul. “Yvy Marãey”, which means “search for the land without evil”, is the central theme of the exhibition, which addresses the culture and mythology of the Guarani group Mbya, based on a visual investigation focused on Aldeia Mata Verde Bonita.

The Guaranis, the largest indigenous people in Brazil and the majority among the indigenous people living in Rio de Janeiro, have traveled vast distances in search of this utopia for more than 2 thousand years. This search is a distinctive trait of its people, marked by hope and resilience. Currently, many Guarani communities in Brazil have struggled to recover small portions of their ancestral lands, facing dire social consequences due to the loss of most of their territory.

Aldeia Mata Verde Bonita, located in Maricá, is the setting and inspiration for the creation of the exhibition. Under the leadership of Cacica Jurema, daughter of D. Lidia, this community of approximately 200 residents keeps Guarani tradition and culture alive. After losing their land in the city of Niterói, the group settled in the neighborhood of São José, in the city of Maricá, with the support of the local city hall and seeking to demarcate the land they have occupied for more than 10 years.

As an initiative of the Terra Verde institute, the exhibition seeks to bring visibility and strengthening to cultural diversity and the Guarani presence in the lands of Rio de Janeiro, in response to the erasure and silencing of their culture and history.

“By choosing to give visibility to the indigenous issue through Visual Arts, we assume that people only respect, defend and protect what they know. We also start from the certainty that a photographic exhibition, with content and technical and artistic quality, showing the reality of indigenous people who inhabit the lands of Rio de Janeiro, can have a great reach, allowing a huge number of people to come to know and defending the culture, right to land and life of these people”, says Leonardo Brandão, president of Instituto Terra Verde.

The exhibition will feature, at its opening, a performance by the Guarani Choir from Aldeia Mata Verde Bonita, celebrating the tradition and contemporaneity of Brazilian indigenous music, in addition to several complementary programs that will be released over the next few months

The exhibition has the participation of the State Secretariat for Culture and Creative Economy and the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the Ministry of Culture and the Federal Government, through the Paulo Gustavo Law, in addition to the support of the Municipal Secretariat of Cultures, the Arts Foundation and Niterói City Hall.

From June 01st to August 04th
Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 18pm; Sundays and holidays, from 12pm to 16pm


June 1, 2024 10:00 - August 4, 2024 18:00(GMT-03:00)


MAC Niteroi

Mirante da Boa Viagem, s/nº - Boa Viagem, Niterói - Rio de Janeiro - RJ

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