Bitu Cassundé

(this page was last updated in February 2024)

Lives and works in the city of Crato, Brazil.
Member of the PIPA Nominating Committee 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2024.

Bitu Cassundé (Várzea Alegre, Brazil, 1974): Curator, researcher, educator, he is the Heritage and Memory Manager at the Centro Cultural do Cariri (Crato, Brazil). In 2023, he curated the second edition of the “Projeto Ling Apresenta” [Ling Presents Project] at the Ling Institute in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He was the curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Ceará from 2013 to 2020 and coordinated the Visual Arts Laboratory at Porto Iracema da Artes from 2013 to 2018. He was part of the curatorial team for the “À Nordeste” project at SESC 24 de Maio (São Paulo, Brazil) in 2019, together with Clarissa Diniz and Marcelo Campos; he was part of the curatorial team for the Rumos Artes Visuais Program at Itaú Cultural (São Paulo, 2008 to 2010) and directed the Murillo La Greca Museum (Recife, Brazil, 2009 to 2011). In 2015, he took part in the 5th edition of the CNI SESI SENAI Marcantonio Vilaça Award, the curatorial team for the 19th Videobrasil Festival and for the Arte Pará; along with Clarissa Diniz, he set up the contemporary collection of the Banco do Nordeste Cultural Center, which is linked to the “Metrô de Superfície” project.

His main curatorial projects were: “Leonilson – Sob o Peso dos Meus Amores”, at Itaú Cultural (São Paulo, 2011) and Fundação Iberê Camargo (Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2012); “Metrô de Superfície”, at Paço das Artes (São Paulo, 2012); “Metrô de Superfície II”, at Centro Cultural São Paulo (São Paulo, 2013); “Rotas, Desvios e Outros Ciclos” and “Leonilson Inflamável and Carneiro”, both at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Ceará (Fortaleza, Brazil, 2013/2014 respectively); “Das Viagens, dos Desejos, dos Caminhos” (Museu Vale, Espírito Santo, Brazil, 2014); “Zé – Acervo de Experiências Vitais” (MAC-CE, Ceará, Brazil, 2018); “À Nordeste” (SESC 24 de Maio, São Paulo, Brazil). In 2022, he curated “Antonio Bandeira: Amar se Aprende Amando”, at the Pinacoteca do Estado do Ceará, and, in 2023, Efrain Almeida’s solo exhibition, “Encarnado”, at the Centro Cultural do Cariri. His latest research is dedicated to investigating the relations of transit between the North and Northeast regions of Brazil, with an emphasis on economic cycles, migratory flows and the connections between life, desire and art. Issues related to subjectivity, confession, intimacy and biography are also part of his research. He is currently studying for a doctorate in Arts at UFPA (Belém, Brazil). He lives in the city of Crato, Brazil.

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