Studio Practice at the End of Who’s World

With Tiago Gualberto

An ongoing global crisis, The Apocalypse - The End of the World as we know it - looms as a very real threat. The question we ask is: how does one make art and a life in these times? Furthermore, who's world will end and how will art be made? We turn for guidance from artistic communities where apocalypse has been part of their culture for some time such as black and indigenous artists.

This class will focus on lesser known Black and Indigenous contemporary artists and ways of art making from Brazil. We will look at current and historical art procedures developed by Black and Indigenous Brazilian artists. We will explore what the motivations were for crafting these procedures as a way of forming art practices, as well as how the artwork that came out of them reflected the political and cultural contexts the artists found themselves within. Artists will also explore the procedures from their own stances, by making their own work based upon the procedures and approaches we cover in the course.

Office hours: TBA

March 14th - April 25th

6:30 - 9 pm EST

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Born in 1983, Tiago Gualberto is an Afro-Brazilian visual artist. He is also a researcher at the Museu Afro Brasil in São Paulo, where he lives. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and studied Textile and Fashion Technology at the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of São Paulo (EACH-USP). Gualberto has participated in several group shows both in Brazil and abroad, such as: “A Nova Mão Afro-brasileira” (São Paulo, 2012); “Osso: exposição apelo ao amplo direito de defesa de Rafael Braga” (São Pa ulo, 2017); “Encuentro entre dos mares”, Valencia Biennial (Spain, 2007); “AfroBrasil: Art and Identities” (USA, 2015). Some of his solo shows include: “Negra é a Cor do meu Coração: Instalações e objetos” (São Paulo, 2010); “A Clothesline to the Past: Rhode Island Takes on Brazil” (USA, 2016); “Passagens sob(re) a Terra: Lembranças, memória e territorialidade” (Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2016). There are certain recurring themes in his work, such as the relationship between memory and history, the social uses of language, and narrative erasure.

Screen Mirroring (2021) synthetic paint, stainless steel, installation video CCSP - São Paulo
Social Emergency Response Center – DS4SI //Project Row Houses – Round 48 (2018) Social Intervention - Houston, EUA The Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI) w/ Maria Molteni & Tiago Gualberto (Boston, MA) : The Design Studio for Social Intervention will create a “Social Emergency Response Center” envisioned, designed and built by Maria Molteni and Tiago Gualberto with the intention of taking social emergencies that we presently face to help individuals pivot out of despair, rage, and hopelessness into collective, creative, and radical action. The House will be programmed as a space for activists, artists, and Third Ward residents to gather and activate in ways that feel useful and inspiring.
Souvenir of Massa Tim (2016) Video Installation Funarte Prize - Igarapé-MG
The Brazilian People`s Head (2022) stainless steel, video installation, 5000 printed albums Sesc Pompéia - São Paulo
Tree of Forgetfulness (2012) glass, water, metal Afro Brazil Museum - São Paulo

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