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2021 Curatorial Research Fellow: Marie Hélène Pereira

©Kerry Etola Viderot

Artistic resistance and revolutionary moments

May 1, 2021 – Dec 31, 2021

©Kerry Etola Viderot

Marie Hélène Pereira;s research project focused on the Escola pilotos and caring practices from the PAIGC women activists in Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde and Senegal, alongside other pockets of resistance that had a real impact on specific revolutionary moments.

Pereira is a Curator and the Director of Programs at RAW Material Company, where she has organized exhibitions and related discursive programs including the participation of RAW Material Company to “We face forward: Art from West Africa Today” Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; ICI Curatorial Hub at TEMP, New York; The 9th Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai; MARKER Art Dubai (2013). She co-curated Scattered Seeds in Cali-Colombia (2015-2017) and curated Battling to normalize freedom at Clarkhouse Initiative in Mumbai, India (2017). Pereira was a co-curator of Canine Wisdom for the Barking Dog - The Dog Done Gone Deaf. Exploring The Sonic Cosmologies of Halim El-Dabh with Dr Bonaventure Ndikung at the 13th edition of Dakar Biennale of Contemporary African art (2018). She has a strong interest in politics of identity and histories of migration.


This Curatorial Research Fellowship was made possible by the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative in honor of the late Okwui Enwezor, with additional support from Steve McQueen and members of ICI's Board of Trustees and Leadership Council.

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Marie Hélène Pereira

Marie Hélène Pereira is Director of Programmes at RAW Material Company where she has organized a dozen of exhibitions and related discursive programs.