MitoMotim | Featuring works of the Videobrasil Historical Collection
Stemming from a detailed research in the Videobrasil Historical Collection, the MitoMotim exhibition is curated by Júlia Rebouças and seeks to reflect on the allegorical representation of the national identity and art’s ability to go against the established orders.
The curator resorts to the ideas of myth and mutiny, articulated as a palindrome in the exhibition’s title, to discuss the ways and possibilities of insurgency in face of scenarios of social instabilities, and to reflect on Brazil in its present moment. From the two-way reading, it is as if the idea of a mutiny in art, or through it, were challenged as a mythology, while proposing a mutiny against myths, or the deconstruction of our country ideals.
According to the curator, “given the exhibition’s political and situational context, I decided to use mutiny as a theme that can also be thought of as a methodology for the project, in the sense of using the elements and resources at hand to reflect on gestures of resistance through art. As a response to the research in the Collection, I found several of works that approach Brazil, with its complex social fabric in its multiple identity cleavages. Although this relationship between myth and mutiny originates from a poetic gesture, the works show that the insubordination associated with the need to reconstruct our social and political foundations, as Brazilians, also makes sense.”
The selection of works from the Videobrasil Historical Collection consists of videos of the artists Cristiano Lenhardt, Frente 3 de Fevereiro, Graziela Kunsch, Luiz Roque, Rosângela Rennó, Sandra Kogut, Waly Salomão, TV Viva, from Olinda, shows from the pirate TV 3 Antena, one episode from the A Revolução Não Será Televisionada project, in addition to the 1983 film Abra a jaula, by Edson Jorge Elito, Goffredo Telles Neto and Uzyna Uzona.
Related to these works, there are also specific pieces by the invited artists Artur Barrio, Marilá Dardot, Randolpho Lamonier, Rivane Neuenschwander, Sara Ramo and Traplev, which dialogue with the works selected from the Videobrasil Historical Collection.
During the exhibition period, Videobrasil will hold public programs, on April 14 and May 12 (Saturdays, 3 pm), with both the artists and the curator.
The exhibition and all related events are free of charge.
About the curator:
Júlia Rebouças (Aracaju, 1984) is an art curator, researcher and critic. She was co-curator at the 32nd São Paulo Biennial, Incerteza viva [Living uncertainty, 2016]. From 2007 to 2015, she worked as a staff curator at Instituto Inhotim, in Minas Gerais. She collaborated with Associação Cultural Videobrasil as part of the curatorial commission of the 18th and the 19th editions of the International Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, in São Paulo. She was adjunct curator of the 9th Mercosul Biennial, in Porto Alegre, entitled Se o clima for favorável [If the climate is favorable], in 2013. She participates in several independent curatorial projects, develops editorial projects, writes texts for exhibition catalogs, artist’s books and collaborates with art magazines. She holds a doctorate degree from the postgraduate program in visual arts of the Federal University of Minas Gerais.
Watch the curator talking about the exhibition (in Portuguese):
The Videobrasil Historical Collection
Throughout its history, started in 1983, Associação Cultural Videobrasil brought together an important collection comprised mainly of video pieces, but also of the most diverse records and works that look at the broad and ambiguous contemporary context of the geopolitical South.
A universe in constant growth and transformation, the Videobrasil Historical Collection’s main characteristic is to be a living archive, open to research and artistic experiments. Its database was transformed into a Video Library comprising approximately 1,300 works including videos, video installations and performance records, and provided material for the production of seven documentaries of the Videobrasil Authors Collection series.
MitoMotim Exhibition | Artists and Works:
- 3 Antena
3 Antena: Desobstruindo os canal tudo!, 1990, video, 9'17".
- A Revolução Não Será Televisionada
A Revolução Não Será Televisionada, Episódio 1, 2002, video, 25'.
- A Revolução Não Será Televisionada / Frente 3 de Fevereiro
Racismo policial – Quem policia a polícia?, 2004, video, 14 ' 51 ".
- Artur Barrio
Situação.......Cidade.......y........Campo........, 1970, photographic records.
- Cristiano Lenhardt
Solenidade de hasteamento da bandeira Ao Vivo, 2009, video, 6'.
- Edson Jorge Elito / Goffredo Telles Neto / Teatro Oficina Uzyna Uzona
Abra a jaula, 1983, video, 20'.
- Graziela Kunsch
Ensaio Ilú Obá de Min, 2015, video, 1'40".
- Luiz Roque
Geometria descritiva, 2012, video installation.
- Marilá Dardot
Contramão (1822-2018), 2016–2018, installation, painting on latex.
- Randolpho Lamonier
Profecias, 2018, embroidery, collage and sewing on fabric.
Uma promessa, 2018, installation (fabric and foam letters, wires).
- Rivane Neuenschwander
Barreiras públicas, installation.
- Rosângela Rennó
Vera Cruz, 2000, video, 44'.
- Sandra Kogut
What do you think people think Brazil is?, 1990, video, 5'30".
- Sara Ramo
Sem título, 2018, installation, site-specific
Alfabeto flúor, 2016/2017, boards on easels.
Suposta propina e suposta delação, 2016/2017, methacrylate, wheatpasted poster.
Almofadas pedagógicas, 2016, pillows.
Retratos do cinismo neoliberal brasileiro
- TV Viva
O Jumento nosso irmão, 1991, video, 11'54".
- Waly Salomão
Câmara de ecos, 1999, video, 1'9".
The record was made by the artist Carlos Nader and included in the documentary Nomadismos: Homenagem a Waly Salomão (2003).
Curated by: Júlia Rebouças
Opening: April 12, from 7 pm to 10 pm
Exhibition period: from April 13 through July 28
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday | 12 pm to 6 pm
Public programs: April 14 (Sat), 3 pm | May 12 (Sat), 3 pm
Location: Galpão VB | Av. Imperatriz Leopoldina, 1150 - Vila Leopoldina, São Paulo
Phone: +55 11 3645-0516
Group reservations and directions: http://site.videobrasil.org.br/galpaovb/visitacao.