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 will be exhibited for the fist time at São Paulo Cultural Center (CCSP), between February 7 and April 7, 2019, 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 Soyth 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.
Conversations in Gondwana Exhibition
@ São Paulo Cultural Center (CCSP)
Vergueiro Street, 1000 – City of São Paulo, Brazil From February 7 to April 7, 2019 http://centrocultural.sp.gov.br/site/
Curators: Juliana Gontijo and Juliana Caffé Assistant curator: Ludimilla Fonseca Design: Lucas Sargentelli
Support: The State Government of São Paulo https://conversationsingondwana.tumblr.com
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Image: Siwa Mgoboza: Les Etres D’Africadia II Fruzsina Porcupina_2015