Seminar and Lectures
29th São Paulo Biennial

São Paulo, Brazil

© Thomas Mulcaire, untitled, 2010

© Thomas Mulcaire, untitled, 2010

Spanning the Ocean(s)

c/o Residência Artística FAAP
Praça do Patriarca, 78 - Sé
01002-010 São Paulo – SP Brazil

In response to an invitation from the 29th São Paulo Biennial, the Maumaus Independent Study Programme temporarily moved last autumn to Brazil for two months.

The post-graduate seminar, entitled Spanning the Ocean(s), ran in conjunction with the 29th São Paulo Biennale from September 26 to November 19, 2010. It involved six artists from the group who had been attending the Programme in Lisbon at the time and seven additional artists selected in collaboration with the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP) in São Paulo, whose artists’ residency programme hosted the Maumaus School. The group comprised Monique Allain, Renata de Bonis, Claire de Santa Coloma, Leon Domingos, Ana Estaregui, Henning Lundkvist, Ricky Mastro, Amaury Moraes, Nikolai Nekh, Lukas Rached, Sofia Berti Rojas, André Trindade and Joen P. Vedel.

Lecturers and guest lecturers from the Maumaus Programme were in São Paulo to teach during the seminar and to present lectures as a continuation of the regular Maumaus Lecture Series in Lisbon, being held at the 29th São Paulo Biennial at Ibirapuera Park. Artists, researchers, art historians and art theorists, including Maria Thereza Alves, Awam Amkpa, Jimmie Durham, Renée Green, Salah M. Hassan, Javier Anguera Phipps, Suely Rolnik, Manuela Ribeiro Sanches, and Gertrud Sandqvist, addressed issues related to their own theoretical and practical fields.

Building on the expertise on issues related to colonialism, post-colonialism and neo-colonialism developed by Maumaus since its foundation in 1992, the program facilitates intensive research into the past in order to better understand present and future perspectives. The seminar series focuses on themes such as interdependent relationships between the West and Africa, Africanity in the West and Europeanity in Africa and possible readings of multiple Modernities in both continents. Research into notions of history in general and comparative readings of texts by anti-colonial thinkers from the past and post-colonial thinkers from the present specifically instigated discussions on our 'now and here' in Europe, Africa and Latin-America.

A selection of the student artists presented results from the seminar in an exhibition entitled ESCAPE, which was presented at the Lunds Konsthall in Sweden between January 28 and February 27 2011 (in collaboration with the Malmö Art Academy/Lund University, Ramallah Art Academy and the Braunschweig University of Art).

The participation of Maumaus in the 29th São Paulo Biennial is funded by the Directorate-General for Arts of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Lisbon, reflecting Lisbon’s position as a leading European centre of knowledge production.


Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal
Monday to Friday, 10h00 to 13h00,
14h30 to 19h00

Tel: + 351 21 352 11 55


Independent Study Programme
Call 2023
Until 04.09.2022


Manthia Diawara
AI: African Intelligence
Cinema Palace

Commissioned by Serpentine, MUBI and PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative, as part of Serpentine's Back to Earth project.

Manthia Diawara
Angela Davis: A World of Greater Freedom
Sharjah Biennial 15
07.02. – 11.06.2023

Manthia Diawara
A Letter from Yene
Batalha Centro de Cinema, Porto


Amanda Boetzkes
Realism Without Authority
01.04, 04.04.2022
10h–13h, 14h–17h

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Registration is free but limited to the number of seats available. Please send an email with a short CV to by 24.03.2022. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. The seminar will be in English.

Lumiar Cité

Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 15h00 to 19h00
or by appointment.
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70

Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
24.04. – 27.06.2021

24.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth

Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock


Anna Schachinger
08.10. – 11.12.2022

07.10 | 18h00 Circulating Salt, Ayami Awazuhara
08.10 | 16h00 Opening of the exhibition


Willem Oorebeek
17.12.2022 – 19.03.2023
extended until 26.03.2023


Cosima von Bonin
Boy at Work
15.04. – 23.07.2023

15.04 | 17h00 Opening of the exhibition

20.07 | 19h00 Talk by Diedrich Diederichsen


Alejandro Cesarco
Other Recent Examples
Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz
24.03. – 24.09.2023


The Educational Web
Kunstverein in Hamburg
01.04. – 06.08.2023

Closed 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January

Arne Kaiser and Jürgen Bock

In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

Tiffany Chung
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019

Johann Jacobs Museum

In co-production with Lumiar Cité:

Alejandro Cesarco
Other Recent Examples
24.03. - 24.09.2023

Artium Museum

The Educational Web
31.03. - 06.08.2023

Kunstverein in Hamburg

Maumaus/Lumiar Cité is funded by República Portuguesa – Cultura/Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar

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