Seminar: Regarding Latin America | Political and Cultural Overview

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posted on 01/20/2017
The activities are designed to elaborate on Resist, Reexist themes and concepts, and to consider this territory and its identities

The first show of Associação Cultural Videobrasil in 2017 turns to 12 video productions by Latin American artists who carry on the tradition of landscape representation in a critical light, in connection with the region’s history of territorial disputes. The public programs of exhibition Resist, Reexist will include the seminar Regarding Latin America | Political and Cultural Overview, comprising an open-to-the-public inaugural class and four registration-only meetings.

The activities are designed to elaborate on exhibition themes and concepts, and to consider this territory and its identities, which permeate so many of the artworks in Videobrasil’s collection.

The inaugural class is slated for February 18 (Saturday), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the four meetings will happen every Thursday (February 23, March 2, 9, and 16) from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Galpão VB. The four meetings cost BRL 50.00 each (in separate) and the full seminar price is BRL 180.00. The exhibition wrap-up on March 18 at Galpão VB will feature a panel with Gabriel Bogossian, curator of the exhibition, the Argentinian artist and researcher Jorge La Ferla, and the curator Juliana Gontijo.


Regarding Latin America | Political and Cultural Overview

Feb 18 (Sat), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Lecture – Open to the Public

with Breno Bringel

Feb 23 (Thu), 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. | Class 1

with Vivian Grace Fernández-Dávila Urquidi

Mar 2 (Thu), 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. | Class 2

with Ivo Mesquita

Mar 9 (Thu), 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. | Class 3

with Spensy Kmitta Pimentel

Mar 16 (Thu), 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. | Class 4 [CANCELLED]

with Isabel Marquez

about the professors

Breno Bringel

Breno Bringel is a political scientist and sociologist, with a doctorate from the Complutense University of Madrid, adjunct professor at the Institute for Social and Political Studies (IESP) of the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) and associated studies director at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme de Paris. He was a visiting professor in several Latin American universities and coordinator of the Center for the Study of Social Theory and Latin America (NETSAL) and of the Militant Research Group of the Latin American Counsil of Social Sciences (CLACSO). He is an editor at the social sciences journal DADOS and at openMovements. Both his research and publications examine the social movements and social conflicts derived from the territorial disputes in Latin America.

Vivian Grace Fernández-Dávila Urquidi

Vivian Grace Fernández-Dávila Urquidi holds a multidisciplinary master’s degree on Latin America in the field of Culture from the University of São Paulo (1994) and a doctorate in Sociology, also from the University of São Paulo (2001). She was research intern (1998) at the Center for Latin American Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and earned a post-doctorate degree (2012–2013) from the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, under the guidance of professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos. These activities were funded by FAPESP. She is currently an adjunct professor at the Public Policies Management of the University of São Paulo in the fields of Society, Multicutiralism, and Rights; and in the post-graduate programs in Cultural Studies (PEC/USP) and Latin American Integration (PROLAM/USP), both in the fields of Post-Colonial Studies and Critical Theory on Latin America. Since 2011, she has been conducting research on “Decolonization and Plurinational States”, financed by CNPq.

Ivo Mesquita

Ivo Mesquita is a researcher and independent curator. He was chief-curator and artistic director at Pinacoteca do Estado (2006–2015), director of Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (2000–2002) and of the 28th São Paulo Biennial (2008), as well as a visiting professor of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York (1996–2007). Ivo Mesquita lives and works in São Paulo.

Spensy Kmitta PimentelSpensy Kmitta Pimentel is a professor at the The Federal University of Southern Bahia (UFSB) since 2015, and has earned a doctorate and a master’s degree in Social Anthropology from FFLCH-USP. Graduated in Journalism from ECA-USP (1997), he has 15 years of experience. Between 2010 and 2011 he was a research intern at the Institute for Anthropological Investigation in the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is also a researcher at the Center for Amerindian Studies (CEstA-USP). Between 2014 and 2015 he worked as a professor at the Anthropology course in the Federal University for Latin American Integration (UNILA). As an anthropologist, he has experience as a consultant of public agencies, civil society entities, and cultural and artistic projects (cinema, theater, journalism, etc.). He is currently a board member of the Brazilian Ethnomusicology Association - ABET (2015–2017 term) and is the founder and coordinator of the Forum on Violation of Rights of Native Peoples (FVDPI) in the scope of the National Association for Human Rights - Research and Post-Graduation (ANDHEP).

Isabel Marquez Daniel

Isabel Marquez Daniel is a representative of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Brazil since June 2016. She was born in Spain, and has earned two bachelor’s in Law, from the University of Barcelona and from the University of Edinburgh, in addition to a master’s in International Law from the University of Edinburgh. She started out her career at the UNHCR in 1995 as a Protection intern in London, England. In 1996, she was appointed Associated Repatriation Officer in Bosnia-Herzegovina, followed by attributions as Protection Officer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in South Africa, as well as Senior Legal Director at the African office in Geneva. Before being appointed to Brazil, Isabel Marquez was a UNHCR Representative in Mozambique from 2012 to 2016. Fluent in Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese, her contribution to the organization has been widely recognized.

MORE ABOUT THE SHOW | resist, reexist

Curated by Gabriel Bogossian, Resist, Reexist features twelve artworks from the Videobrasil Collection and a set of documental photographs and interviews with researchers and activists. Hinting at an “aesthetics of resistance,” the show attempts to incorporate political signs and situations into the art scene, thereby producing a more complex and prolific conflation of different forms of poetical articulation and political enunciation.

The exhibition’s title is a nod to resistir = (re) existir, a piece created by Marcelo Cidade in 2005. At artist Daniel Lima’s invite, Cidade joined one of several art interventions designed to give a media existence—and thereby political momentum—to the Prestes Maia squatter settlement. The occasion saw Cidade write the phrase “resistir = (re) existir” on 2,000 sheets of paper, and then pile them up atop the building so the wind would blow them across downtown São Paulo. The number of paper sheets matched the number of squatters, at once evoking the unsurmountable divide upon which those people’s lives would unfold, and the weight of the individual/group relationship in a context of social struggle.

Incorporating the title and context of Cidade’s piece, Resist, Reexist brings to Galpão VB artworks that approach territory in myriad ways: from the presence of naturalist travelers in Brazil to the implosion of Pruitt-Igoe, the iconic St. Louis (USA) housing complex. The show includes A idade da pedra (2013), by Ana Vaz (Brazil); Uyuni (2005), by Andrés Bynegri; O sangue da terra (1982-1984), by Aurélio Michiles (Brazil); Concerto para clorofila (2004), by Cao Guimarães (Brazil); Pilgrimage (2010), by Ebyr Santos (Brazil); Lin e Katazan (1979), by Edgard Navarro (Brazil); Andinia 9º2 (1992), by Jorge La Ferla (Argentina) and Jorge Amaolo (Argentina); Filme dourado (2010), by Luiz Roque (Brazil); Superbloques (2010), by Luis F. Ramírez Celis (Colombia); Panorâmica 01 (2007), by Letícia Ramos (Brazil); Rizoma 0667 (2004), by Marcellvs L .(Brazil); and La Physique Générale (2010), by Vinicius Duarte (Brazil).

Resist, Reexist opens on February 1, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Galpão VB, and will be on show through March 18, 2017, from Tuesday to Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and on the first Wednesday of each month (except holidays), from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.


WHAT: Seminar - Considering Latin America | Political and Cultural Overview

WHEN: February 18 and 23; March 2, 9 and 16, 2017

HOW MUCH: Opening (Open to the public class, February 18): free of charge | One-off classes: BRL 50.00 | Full seminar: BRL 180.00 (bank deposit/wire transfer)*

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION: After the payment of the above mentioned fee, fill the following form to

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*Late cancellation or failure to attend the workshop does not release you from your payment obligation in consideration of the services made available to you

WHAT: Resist, Reexist exhibition | Videobrasil Historical Collection artworks

Curated by Gabriel Bogossian. Featuring artwork by Ana Vaz, Andrés Denegri, Aurélio Michiles Cao Guimarães, Eder Santos, Edgard Navarro, Jorge Amaolo and Jorge Amaolo, Letícia Ramos, Luis F. Ramírez Celis, Luiz Roque, Marcellvs L. and Vinicius Duarte

WHEN: February 2 to March 18, 2017.

OPENING: February 1 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

DATES AND HOURS: February 2 to March 18, 2017, Tuesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.