“Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia” traces Brazil’s pluralist history

(New York, USA)

“Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia” displays a collection of works that together span almost a century of Brazilian art, from Modernism to the present day. The exhibition positions itself as a cartography for navigating current debates within the US and the Americas surrounding the formation of Modernism in Brazil. 

Works by artists such as Tarsila do Amaral, Sonia Gomes, Beatriz Milhazes, member of the 2014 PIPA Prize Nominating Committee, Segio Camargo, Alfredo Volpi, Willys de Castro, trace the country’s pluralist history that winds through anthropophagy, feminist agendas, Afro-Catholic cultural genealogy, and more. 

The exhibition is curated by first timer Sofia Gotti, who says that she is seeking to address the concept of modernity itself. If we understand Modernism as the cultural output of modernity, then using its label when analysing Latin American art becomes problematic due to its colonialist connotations. “Visions of Brazil” looks to break with this view that defined a generation by presenting a rereading of this history tethering to issues around race, power structures and economics. 

“Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia”, collective with  Sonia Gomes, Beatriz Milhazes and more 
Curated by Sofia Gotti
From April 30th to June 22nd, 2019

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