Pooling voices sensitive to contemporary impasses, drawn from different fields, fronts, and backgrounds, the Seminars explore such themes as the invention of a new political imagination, the particularities of time that have emerged since the advent of virtual life, a de-colonial approach to current feminisms, and the reverberation of the symbolic production of indigenous peoples and social movements.

A central axis on which the Public Programs are plotted at the 21st Biennial, the meetings are designed to generate opportunities to produce previously unheard-of forms of thinking the future, both around and beyond the works on display, and with room for discussion and dissension.

The Seminars are held at the Theater (lower ground) and Auditorium (6th floor), in two stages, spanning three consecutive evenings apiece. The first takes place between October 15 and 17, and the second, November 12 and 15. In the interests of more thorough access, all sessions will have simultaneous translation in sign language.

The addresses prepared by the speakers were edited for publication under the title Leituras [Readings], which, along with the catalogue of works and artists, completes the 21st Biennial's editorial platform. 

MARISA FLÓRIDO — A lecturer at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Flórida holds a degree in architecture and urbanism and a doctorate from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro’s Fine Arts School. She conducts research in the fields of the history of art, art criticism, and curatorship. Author of Nós, o outro, o distante na arte contemporânea brasileira (Circuito, 2014). 

PABLO LAFUENTE — Curator and author, whose published works include Experiences of the Common Good: inSite/Casa Gallina, a Project Immersed in a Neighbourhood (Mexico and San Diego: inSite/Casa Gallina, 2018), he co-curated the 31st Bienal de São Paulo (2014) and coordinates the art and education program at the CCBB. He is one of the curators of the exhibition Sawé: Liderança Indígena e a Luta pelo Território (Sesc Ipiranga, 2020).

GABRIEL BOGOSSIAN — An independent curator, editor, and translator, he researches the representation of indigenous peoples in Brazil. His exhibitions include Nada levarei quando morrer, aqueles que me devem cobrarei no inferno (Galpão VB, 2017) and Akram Zaatari – Amanhã vai ficar tudo bem (Galpão VB, 2016), all in São Paulo. He is associate curator with Associação Cultural Videobrasil.

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