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Brasil Summerfest TALK: Bridging the Gap: Brazilian Contemporary Art in NY

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Brasil Summerfest presents
Bridging the Gap: Brazilian Contemporary Art in New York

A panel discussion about present-day Brazilian contemporary Art moderated by Nathalie Angles of Residency Unlimited. The panel includes distinguished artists, curators and collectors; Gisela Gueiros, Larissa Ferreira, Apolo Torres, Arjan Martins, Rafael Bqueer, Georgiana Rothier and Bernardo Faria.

presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Brazil in New York

Lights snacks & refreshments will be available. RSVP is mandatory.




Nathalie Angles, Executive Director, Residency Unlimited
Nathalie Anglès is co-founder and Executive Director of Residency Unlimited (RU). Nathalie studied history and political science and is a graduate of The École du MAGASIN international curatorial studies program in Grenoble, (CNAC - Le Magasin - Grenoble France). From 2000-2008 she worked at Location One as the Director of the International Residency Program (New York). Previous positions include: Sotheby’s (London), cataloguer Impressionist and Modern art department; Director of the Residency Program, American Center in Paris; curatorial assistant, Ecole des Beaux Arts (ENSBA), Paris ; curatorial assistant, Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs (UCAD). Paris. In 2008, Nathalie received the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government.

Gisela Gueiros, Independent Curator
Gisela Gueiros moved to New York from São Paulo in 2007 to earn a Masters degree in Art History at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. In addition to being an art historian, art advisor and educator, Gisela is the NYC correspondent for both GQ and Vogue Brasil, as well as a collaborator at NaturaBrasil blog. Besides writing and offering art tours, Gisela has organized and curated more than 30 pop-up art exhibitions, typically showcasing up and coming artists based in New York.

Larissa Ferreira, Founder & Executive Director, Annex B
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Larissa Ferreira is an arts administrator that in collaboration with Brazilian artists, aims to bring the art of her home country closer to her current residence of New York City. She holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from The City University of New York - Baruch College and has a professional background built over ten years of experience in different sectors in Brazil. In New York, Larissa has worked at Coburn Projects, Residency Unlimited, and as a freelancer for art consultants and community engagement projects. In 2018 was in the group of Emerging Residency Leaders in the United States at the Alliance of Artists Communities' Emerging Program Institute.

Apolo Torres, Artist
Painter and muralist. Graduated in Industrial Design at Mackenzie University, in São Paulo, and studied painting at the School of Visual Arts, in New York. His work dialogues with classical painting, street art and contemporary art. With solo shows in Brazil, Italy and United States, and participations in festivals and collective shows in various countries, Apolo appears as a great exponent of Brazilian contemporary muralism.

Arjan Martins, Artist
Winner of the PIPA Prize 2018, Arjan Martins is a painter that lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, currently on a residency program in New York. Arjan Martin’s works addresses the matter of the African diaspora and Afro-Atlantic migrations occurred by the Brazilian colonial era. His production revolves around the incorporation of signs and codes excluded from history, and his canvases and drawings retell the history of colonization and slavery from the opressed’s point of view. Through daily activities, immigrants and African descendants are portrayed since their arrival to the new continent to present-time, as a fundamental part of his art. “In a very explicit way, Arjan’s paintings highlight the colonization and slavery oppression aches – which are still so present in our daily social conflicts – but they do this with a violent exuberance of form, that doesn’t let themselves to domesticate in illustration”, declares Luis Camillo Osorio.

Georgiana Rothier & Bernardo Faria, Rothier Faria Collection
The collection of Georgiana Rothier and Bernardo Faria started in 2008 and is based between São Paulo and NY. The collection believes in the artistic process, in the collaboration amongst various agents, in diversification and dialogue as a fundamental factor in art. Built always between both Georgiana and Bernardo, there is a clear focus in the collection in finding works that relate to new media; technology; the image; and in rescuing the obsolete object through art. Another interest that has been growing within the collection is feminism in art. Although there is a predominance of younger or contemporary artists in the core of the collection - Hito Stereyl, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Mateo Lopez, Walid Raad, Gabriel Sierra, André Komatsu, Marilá Dardot - are some of the names among many others, there are also some important names of more established artists - such as Barbara Hammer, Adrian Piper, Robert Kinmont or Lawrence Weiner. The purpose and essence of the collection's core project are to represent the history of a moment in time. Always keeping an open mind, Bernardo and Georgiana participate in international lectures and lend their works to exhibitions whenever possible. They support publishers in the production of artist books and are on the boards of the New Museum, NY; of the MAM of São Paulo; of Pivô in São Paulo; AnnexB, NY and are also patrons of the Pinacoteca of São Paulo.

Rafael Bqueer, Artist
Rafael Bqueer was born in Belém, Pará and he is currently based in Rio de Janeiro. Rafael is a performance artist who focuses on questioning the visual economy around LGBTQ, indigenous, and Black bodies in Brazil. Part of the Drag scene in Rio and also of the carnivalesque culture of Brazilian schools of samba, Rafael often uses cross-dressing and costumes in his performances. Rafael has a BA from the Federal University of Pará (UFPA); he has shown his works across Brazil, at Transarte Gallery, Red Bull Station, Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, Casa França-Brasil and Solar dos Abacaxis in Rio. This year, Rafael was the recipient of the residency scholarship of Parque Lage in partnership with AnnexB, and he is also one of the finalists of the prestigious Marcantonio Vilaça Prize.
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