research Forum Visiting Curator seminar

'From the Margin to the Edge': the Making of an Exhibition of Contemporary Brazilian Art

Thursday, 2 May 2013

16.00 - 18.00, Research Forum South Room

Brazilian flag segmented and rearranged
Emmanuel Nassar, Bandeira [Flag], 2011. industrial paint on sheet metal, 260 x 380 cm. artist's collection (courtesy of Milan Gallery)

Speaker(s): Dr Rafael Cardoso (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro)

Ticket/entry details: Free and open to postgraduate students and teaching staff

Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott

Between June and September 2012, a major exhibition of contemporary art and design from Brazil was staged at Somerset House, in conjunction with the use of the building's riverside galleries as the site of Casa Brasil, the main venue for representing Brazil at the 2012 Olympic Games. From the Margin to the Edge: Brazilian Art and Design in the 21st Century brought together 33 practitioners from all over Brazil, including well-established names like Nelson Leirner, Emmanuel Nassar or Adriana Varejão, as well as many unknown to the British public. Nearly a hundred works were on show, drawing on a wide range of media that included painting, photography, video, sculpture, installations, design and craft, strategically assembled to address three main thematic strands: "raw/cooked", "gambiarra/craftsmanship", "preserve/transform". The seminar will focus on the challenges of staging this exhibition across lines of cultural difference, institutional affiliation and the boundaries between art and design.

Rafael Cardoso is a writer and art historian, holding a PhD from The Courtauld Institute of Art (1995). He is the author of numerous books on the history of Brazilian art and design, the most recent of which are Design para um mundo complexo (Cosac Naify, 2012); Impresso no Brasil, 1808-1930: Destaques da história gráfica no acervo da Biblioteca Nacional (Verso Brasil, 2009); and A arte brasileira em 25 quadros (1790-1930) (Record, 2008), as well as three works of fiction. He is associated with the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, as a member of the postgraduate faculty of its Instituto de Artes. He is also active as an independent curator, having recently curated the major exhibitions Rio de Imagens: Uma Paisagem em Construção (Museu de Arte do Rio, 2013); From the Margin to the Edge: Brazilian Art and Design in the 21st Century (Somerset House, London, 2012) and Eliseu Visconti: A Modernidade Antecipada (Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, 2011).

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