Tiempo de lectura: 2 minutos
São Paulo Cultural Center, São Paulo, Brazil
7 de febrero de 2019 – 7 de abril de 2019
Conversations in Gondwana is a platform of research and experimentation in contemporary art between countries of the global South. For the first edition of the project, curators Juliana Caffé and Juliana Gontijo invited five duos formed by artists from South Africa and Brazil to keep in contact during a year. These exchanges resulted in the creation of collaborative works of art that are exhibited for the fist time at São Paulo Cultural Center (CCSP) with the support of São Paulo State Government.
The duos are formed by the artists: Aline Xavier and Haroon Gunn-Salie; Ana Hupe and Gabrielle Goliath; Clara Ianni and Mikhael Subotzky; Daniel Lima and Ismail Farouk; Paulo Nimer Pjota & Siwa Mgoboza. Considering the decolonial perspective, their works address questions of history, identity, gender and urban dynamics. All the South African artists will be going to Brazil in order to develop and activate the pieces in collaboration with their Brazilian partners. In addition to the exchange and residency programs offered to the artists, Conversations in Gondwana also features a public program with a series of open conversations and performances.
The exhibition also includes a selection of works entitled «Archipelago», which includes the artists: Cinthia Marcelle and Jean Meeran, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Marcelo Moscheta, Penny Siopis, Renata de Bonis and Thiago Rocha Pitta. Just like islands, these works establish close relations with the concepts developed by the duos of Brazilian and South African artists, expanding the collaborative aspect of Conversations in Gondwana.
«Gondwana» is the name of the supercontinent that about 200 million years ago united the continental masses of what we now call South America, Africa, Antarctica, Australia and India. In reference to this distant geological past, the project seeks to intensify the artistic practices and investigations among artists, curators and researchers of this region, which is characterized by a lost geographical connection and an interconnected history.