Meetings of knowledges

Júlia Rebouças and Pedro de Niemeyer Cesarino in conversation with Marie Kølbæk Iversen.

06.05.2018 | Jon Bendixen

Dato ons 30 maj
Tid 19:00 21:00
Sted Kunsthal Aarhus, J. M. Mørks Gade 13, 8000 Aarhus C

Please join us for the rare opportunity to experience two remarkable Brazilian intellectuals, Júlia Rebouças and Pedro de Niemeyer Cesarino, in conversation with Marie Kølbæk Iversen at Kunsthal Aarhus on May 30, 7–9 PM.

Pedro de Niemeyer Cesarino is a professor of anthropology at the Universidade de São Paulo, and Júlia Rebouças is a curator, art critic and researcher, who in 2016 formed part of the curatorial group behind the 32nd São Paulo Biennial, Incerteza Viva. At Kunsthal Aarhus, they will discuss the intersections of their respective projects and disciplines: Júlia Rebouças will analyse and discuss how indigenous cultures, and the indigenous question in Brazil more generally, were represented in the spectrum of the biennial from an expositive and discursive point of view—and as a shadow theme: How art may relate to prominent contemporary geopolitical tensions and struggles. Similarly, from his background as an anthropologist having carried out extensive fieldwork among the Panoan-speaking Marubo tribe of Western Amazonia, de Niemeyer Cesarino sets out to explore the relations between contemporary art and native's and/or non-western people's arts, as well as the equivocations derived from curatorship and from crossing radically distinct creative, ontological, and visual backgrounds.

In May 2016, Rebouças and de Niemeyer Cesarino both participated in the biennial's Study Days’ Cuiabá-iteration, conceptualised and organised by Rebouças, to discuss issues related to extinction and preservation from a setting within Mato Grosso: The Brazilian state, which is on the one hand the land of cablokes, of the unique biome of the Cerrado, of the geodesic heart of South America, and on the other: That of monocultural soy farming, of exhausted soils, of intensive cattle farming, of species going extinct, of indigenous peoples under threat of genocide, of forgotten knowledges. (Source: Dias de Estudo: Cuiabá)

Set at Kunsthal Aarhus in the regional capital of one of the world’s most heavily cultivated countries, the discussion traces colonial intersections between old and new worlds at home and abroad, interweaving past, present and future in an exploration of the projected boundaries between self and other. 

Júlia Rebouças is a curator, art critic and researcher living and working in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She was co-curator of the 32nd São Paulo Biennial, Incerteza Viva  [Live Uncertainty] in 2016. From 2007 to 2015 she was curator at Inhotim, Minas Gerais, Brazil. In 2013, she was Cloud Curator / Associate Curator at 9th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil. From 2012 to 2015, she was part of the curatorial committee of the 18th and 19th editions of International Festival Panorama VideoBrasil_SESC, São Paulo, Brazil. In 2011, she was nominated for the Lorenzo Bonaldi Award for Art, an international prize for young curators, in Bergamo, Italy. She has developed several independent curatorial projects, most recently MitoMotim, at Galpão Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil, April-July 2018. She has written a number of texts for exhibition catalogues, books and has contributed to renowned art magazines, such as Mousse, Flash Art, ArtNexus, and Metropolis M. She holds a PhD degree in Visual Arts from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. 

Pedro de Niemeyer Cesarino is a professor of anthropology at the Universidade de São Paulo (FFLCH/USP), Brazil. He has conducted extensive fieldwork among the Marubo, a Panoan-speaking people of Western Amazonia, about whom several articles and two books (Oniska – poética do xamanismo na Amazônia, 2011, and Quando a Terra deixou de falar – cantos da mitologia marubo, 2013) have been published. Specialised in shamanism, oral traditions, and relations between anthropology, literature, translation studies, and anthropology of art (which have been the themes of other articles and publications), he is also the author of the novel Rio Acima (Companhia das Letras, 2016), and the winner of two Jabuti Book Prizes (2013, 2015) in Human Sciences. In 2017, he was a finalist of the Oceanos literary book prize. He holds a PhD degree from Museu Nacional/UFRJ in Rio de Janeiro and a post-doctoral degree from the Universidade de São Paulo.

Marie Kølbæk Iversen is an artist and researcher at the Academy of Fine Art at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aarhus. Through a transdisciplinary study of fright and a fieldwork among labouring women, Kølbæk Iversen explores the transformative potentials of traumatic dissociation when linked to notions of the visionary and futurity as an outset for artistic production. In 2017 she was recipient of the ARKEN travel grant, the PKU and Novo Nordisk Mads Øvlisen grants for artistic research. In 2016, year-long artist-in-residence at Pivô in São Paulo, Brazil, through the support from the Danish Arts Foundation. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include: The Moon, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, DK, 2018; Soon Enough, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, SE, 2018; Star Messenger, PS/Y + LUX, London, GB, 2017; “Io/I” and Matrilineal Collapse, PARMER, New York, USA, 2017; The 11th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea, 2016; Biennale de l’image en mouvement, Centre d’art contemporain, Geneva, CH, 2014/15. 

Seminar, Antropologi