To and fro: inventions of Brazil in the swing of a hammock.

Image: Tunga, 100 Rede, 1997.

To and fro: inventions of Brazil in the swing of a hammock.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public


Curator Raphael Fonseca will speak about an archive that he has sourced of over nine hundred images of hammocks that suggest contrasting ideas of “Brazilianness.” He will present on the relations between the iconography of the hammock and different concepts of Brazilian identity, including laziness and tropical visual culture, the traditions of participatory art in Brazil, and the association between the object and native culture. He has organized his selection into case studies in a temporal arch between the 16th century and contemporary art and visual culture. Fonseca will present two exhibitions that came about as a result of his archival research Quando o tempo aperta (When the time presses), Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro, 2016, and Dorminhocos (Sleepers), Rio de Janeiro, 2018.


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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

June 5, 2018

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Raphael Fonseca

Raphael Fonseca has a PhD in Art History and Critic (State University of Rio de Janeiro). He works as a curator at MAC Niterói (Contemporary Art Museum of Niterói, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and also a lecturer at Colégio Pedro II (Rio de Janeiro). He received the Centro Cultural São Paulo curatorial award (2017) and the Marcantonio Vilaça curatorial award (2015). Writes regularly for ArtNexus. Recently gave conferences at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Quito, Ecuador); University of Hamburg (Germany) and the Manchester School of Art (England).  He was also one of the invited authors for the catalogue of the 32nd São Paulo Biennial (curated by Jochen Volz in 2016). Among his recent curated shows, we can highlight “The sun teaches us that history is not everything” (Osage Foundation, Hong Kong, 2018); “Sleepers by Pierre Verger” (Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2018); “Regina Vater - may the weather be good” (MAC Niterói, Brazil, 2017-2018); “Dura lex sed lex” (1st Bienalsur, Centro Cultural Parque de España, Rosario, Argentina, 2017); “Bestiary” (Centro Cultural São Paulo, Brazil, 2017); “When time presses” (Palácio das Artes - Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Museu Histórico Nacional - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016); “Reply all” (Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester, England, 2016); “Slide surf skate” (Museu de Arte do Rio, Brazil, 2014); “Soft water, hard rock” (1st Clay Biennial, Caruaru, Brazil, 2014); “Derek Jarman: cinema is freedom” (Recife, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil, 2014-2016); and “City as a process” (2nd Ural Industrial Biennial, Yekaterinburg, Russia, 2012).

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