Latin-American Cultural Identity and Art

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posted on 03/01/2017
The curator Ivo Mesquita spearheads the third meeting of the seminar that is part of the public programs of the exhibition Resistir, reexistir

This Thursday, March 2, from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the following meeting of the seminar Considering Latin America | Political and Cultural Overview will be held. The class “Latin-American Cultural Identity and Art” will be given by the researcher and independent curator Ivo Mesquita, who will examine the construction process of an identity paradigm in Latin America since the 1940s, with the appearance of the Pan-Americanism in the arts and letters, through movements, exhibitions and debates that marked the art history in the continent—the thriving of visual arts and literature; identity policies; center-periphery relationships; deconstruction and new narratives; biennials, fairs, museums and globalization.

The penultimate meeting will he held next Thursday, March 9, from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The class “An Overview of the Native Issue in Latin America” will be given by Spensy Kmitta Pimentel, anthopologist with a doctorate degree in visual anthopology from the University of São Paulo and professor at the Federal University of Southern Bahia (UFSB).

On March 16, also at 8 p.m., the last class of the event will be held, titled “Refuge, migration and displacement in Latin America,” with Isabel Marquez, representative of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Brazil.

The meetings of the seminar seek to develop on themes and concepts present on the exhibition Resistir, reexistir, open to visitation through March 18, as well as considering Latin America and its identities, ever present in several of the works from the collection of Associação Cultural Videobrasil. Registration costs BRL 50.00 per class, and can be done by wire transfer, direct deposit, or on site, up to 30 minutes before classes start. 

In the exhibition’s closing on March 18, Galpão VB will host a debate with the curator Gabriel Bogossian, the Argentinian artist and researcher Jorge La Ferla and curator Juliana Gontijo.

Check the complete program of the seminar and more information on the exhibition.


Considering Latin America | Political and Cultural Overview

Feb 18, (Sat), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Lecture open to the public


with Breno Bringel

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


with Vivian Grace Fernández-Dávila Urquidi

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


with Ivo Mesquita

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


with Spensy Kmitta Pimentel

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


with Isabel Marquez Daniel

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 in 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 a 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 Pimentel

Spensy 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 exhibition | resistir, reexistir

Curated by Gabriel Bogossian, Resistir, reexistir gathers twelve works from the Videobrasil Collection and a set of documental photographs and interviews conducted with researchers and activists. Approaching an “aesthetics of resistance,” the exhibition seeks to bring signs and situations from politics into the art circuits, favoring a more complex and profitable meeting among different forms of poetic articulation and political utterance.

The title of the exhibition is a reference to resistir = (re) existir, a work by Marcelo Cidade from 2005. By invitation o the artist Daniel Lima, Cidade participated in one of the artistic interventions that sought to confer presence in the media—and therefore political weight—to the Prestes Maia occupation. At the occasion, Cidade wrote on two thousand sheets of paper the sentence “resistir = (re) existir,” placing the pile on top of the building so that the wind would scatter them around downtown São Paulo. The amount of sheets was a reference to the number of residents in the occupation, while simultaneously evoking the unavoidable divide under which those people’s lives would unfold and the weight of the relationship between individual and group in a context of social dispute.

Appropriating the title from Cidade’s work and the context of its production, Resistir, reexistir presents at Galpão VB works that approach territory in different ways—from the presence of naturalist voyagers in Brazil through the implosion of the Pruitt-Igoe, and iconic housing project in St. Louis (USA). Featured in the exhibition are the works A idade da pedra (2013), by Ana Vaz (Brazil); Uyuni (2005), by Andrés Denegri; O sangue da terra (1982–1984), by Aurélio Michiles (Brazil); Concerto para clorofila (2004), by Cao Guimarães (Brazil); Pilgrimage (2010), by Eder Santos (Brazil); Lin e Katazan (1979), by Edgard Navarro (Brazil); Andinia 9º2 (1992), by Jorge La Ferla (Argentina) e 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), de Marcellvs L. (Brazil); and La Physique Générale (2010) by Vinicius Duarte (Brazil).

The opening of Resistir, reexistir is on February 1, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Galpão VB, and can be visited 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 on 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 | Individual classes: BRL 50.00 | Full seminar: BRL 180.00 (direct deposit/wire transfer)*


*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

RESIST, REEXIST exhibition | artworks from the Videobrasil Historical Collection

Curated by Gabriel Bogossian.  Featuring artwork by Ana Vaz, Andrés Denegri, Aurélio Michiles  Cao Guimarães, Eder Santos, Edgard Navarro, Jorge La Ferla e 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), from 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.; and on the first Wednesday each month (except holidays), from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Galpão VB | Associação Cultural Videobrasil

Av. Imperatriz Leopoldina, 1150, São Paulo

Tel: +55 11 3645 0516