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“We know and walk together”: Contemporary Indigenous Art in Brazil

A boy, painted in tones of bright pink, sits in a cross-legged position with a computer monitor in his arms and a basket and a gourd shaker on the floor beside him.
Denilson Baniwa, “Curumim,” Guardador de Memórias, 2018. Acrylic on fabric.

Special Event

One of the most exciting developments in Brazilian art and art history today is the emergence of Indigenous self-representation. The growing presence of Indigenous artists and art curators in exhibitions and museums in the country challenges traditional narratives and modes of display, as it generates new spaces for the silenced voices of the over 300 Indigenous ethnic groups that inhabit the territories of Brazil. In this virtual event hosted by Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, professor Claudia Mattos Avolese and Indigenous curator Naine Terena will discuss recent exhibitions of work by Indigenous artists and consider the changes they have brought to local curatorial and museological practices and to the international art scene.

Claudia Mattos Avolese, Associate Professor, University of Campinas (UNICAMP)
Naine Terena, Artist, Art Educator, and Professor, Catholic University in Mato Grosso do Sul

Moderated by Ana Laura Malmaceda, Ph.D. student in Romance languages, Harvard University

Presented by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in partnership with the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, Harvard University Native American Program, and the Harvard Art Museums.

This event is virtual and will be held in Portuguese with simultaneous English translation. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.

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