Based on the exhibition “Verão Eterno” by the artists André Trindade and Filipa Cordeiro, which includes works produced in Brazil in 2012 and 2013, Tobi Maier discusses ideas on migration, cultural policy in Brazil and the modus operandi of the constellation of exhibitions in the city during the 30th São Paulo Biennial (2012).
The current Brazilian population is ten times larger than it was at the turn of the 20th century, but the number of immigrants in Brazil is half of that in 1900. As the anthropologist Darcy Ribeiro mentioned in “O Povo Brasileiro” (1995), on the apparent homogeneity of the Brazilian population, the only exception in a “uniethnic sitate are the numerous tribal microethnicities, so imponderable that their existence does not affect the national destiny”. Despite the existence of a Ministry of Culture, the system that supports culture in Brazil is based on an incentive law that favours the visibility of major brands which, in turn, support the most popular projects, a process that is detrimental to work on a smaller scale that elicits debate and critique. However, the 30th São Paulo Biennial collaborated with various venues of different sizes, offering artists the opportunity to work similarly with collections and historical architecture on a smaller scale.
So how can we work on a small scale and receive a vote of confidence from the people who choose to live with us? How can the city and its institutions work in a network, in a constellation, and create a discourse that promotes access and diversity, among other things?
Tobi Maier lives in São Paulo, working as a writer and curator, and was associate curator of the 30th São Paulo Biennial (2011-2012). Previously, he has curated the MINI / GoetheInstitut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 (2008-2011) in New York and the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2006-2008) in Frankfurt.
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Ao descer a escada
Há um degrau p’ra me sentar.
Não há outro degrau
Não estou lá em baixo
Nem lá em cima estou.
Estou é na escada
Onde sempre estou.
Ao subir a escada
Não estou em cima, nem em baixo.
Não estou na creche,
Nem mesmo no sopé, acho.
Ideias estranhas começam a girar
Na minha cabeça
Fora do lugar!
09.11.2019 - 02.02.2020
25.01 | 17h00 Talk with Tonio Kröner, Simon
Thompson, Jürgen Bock
All the light that's ours to see
19.09. - 22.11.2020
In line with revised recommendations from the authorities, we are postponing the exhibition, which was scheduled to open on 28 March. A new date will be communicated in due course.
In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019
Johann Jacobs Museum
Maumaus / Lumiar Cité
is funded by Ministério da Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar