(this page was last updated in August 2023)
Curitiba, Brazil, 1989
Lives and works in Brasília, Brazil
PIPA Prize 2022 and 2023 nominee
Gustavo Caboco, born in Curitiba, Roraima (1989). Wapichana visual artist, he works in the network Paraná-Roraima and in the paths of return to the land. His production with drawing-document, painting, text, embroidery, animation and performance proposes ways to reflect on the displacements of indigenous bodies, the retaking of memory and in autonomous research in museum collections to contribute to the struggle of indigenous peoples.
Video produced by Do Rio Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2023:
I am a Wapichana artist.
The Wapichana path guides my production in the visual arts. I was born in 1989, in Curitiba, in an urban environment listening to my mother’s stories about our family, culture and the ancestral landscape from Roraima. I found in drawing, painting, text, threads, embroidery, animation and performance ways of thinking about the displacements of indigenous bodies and our ways of (re)connecting with the original territories. We call this process return to the land, and my first return took place in 2001, with my mother, Lucilene Wapichana, thirty-three years after she was exiled from the Wapichana community of the Canauanim indigenous land (Roraima). It was at this moment that I strengthened the threads of our memory.
Is it possible to articulate possibilities of existence from the memory of your own? But why does our history, the indigenous one, continue on the margins? Our unauthorized existence? We are the fruits of forced displacement and from the fight against memoricide.
Our family is big. I’m talking about the direct grandsons and granddaughters of our grandfather Makunaimî. Our family walks like a banana tree. Our origin, the great Tamoromu tree, is, and was, similar to a banana tree. Banana trees actually walk in family: granddaughter, daughter, grandmother and at times, granddaughters are transplanted, that is, they are cut and taken from their grandmothers. Makunaimî, the Grandfather, cut this tree and this gesture, which felled the tree, generates a pororoca that creates worlds, the ones we inhabit, full of seedlings that multiply and give continuity to our history in other terreiros. This is how our extension works.
Respecting this plurality will generate advances in our coexistence. It is urgent to open the field of education from the field of life and art. Accessibility that generates culture. Tell our story through Art.
When we connect new frontiers: kulture walks. It is necessary to occupy these spaces, narrate our history and interpret it based on indigenous visualities and voices. The artwork weaves these threads, re-connects paths and spaces. Our stories are alive and so are our memories.
– Bachelor in Social Communication
SINGLE EXHIBITIONS and PRESENTATIONS
– Presentation of the artist book Baaraz Kawau – launching event and conversation circle about contemporary indigenous literature. Paranaense Museum, Curitiba, Brazil
– Presentation of the artist’s book Baaraz Kawau – “Ciclo de encontros com Gustavo Caboco”, #SPTERRAINDÍGENA, Casa Amarela de Cultura Coletiva, São Paulo, Brazil
– Passo” exhibition – Upaon Açu Cultural Resistance – RE-oCUPA. São Luís, Brazil
– Exhibition “Passo” – Quilombola Land Santa Rosa dos Pretos. Itapecuru Mirim, Brazil
– Exhibition “Passo” – Gallery 195. Itacaré, Brazil
– Exhibition: “Unus Mundus” – Parangolé, Curitiba, Brazil
– Presentation: “return to the land” – First return to indigenous land together with my mother Lucilene Wapichana and my brother Augusto. Canauanim village, Brazil
– Espaço Cultural Unifor – Itinerância – 34ª Bienal São Paulo – Fortaleza, Brazil
– Sesc Campinas – Itinerância – 34ª Bienal São Paulo, Brazil
– State of fashion 2022 | ways of caring. Curated by NOT____ENOUGH. Eusebius Arnhem Foundation. Arnhem,Netherlands
– Theatro Municipal. “Contramemoria” curated by Lilian Schwarz, Jaime Lauriano and Pedro Meira with the works “Anti-batismo de Makunaimî” and “Kanau’Kyba”. São Paulo, Brazil
– Espaço Cultural Paricá. “A Makuna’imî among us” exhibition in honor of Jaider Esbell with organization of the artists Isaías Miliano, Barthô and Arawak. Roraima, Brazil
– Solar dos abacaxis. “Insurgir” ArtSampa at Oca – Ibirapuera Park. São Paulo, Brazil
– MON – Oscar Niemeyer Museum – “Affinities” with the work “Authorship-Shared” and “Where is the contemporary indigenous art at MON? Curitiba, Brazil
– MAC Paraná – Museum of Contemporary Art of Paraná – “67th São Paraná” with the work “Colonial Coma”. Curitiba, Brazil
– Serra do Padeiro indigenous community – Exhibition “Kwá yepé turusú Assojara Tupinambá – This is the great return – of the Manto Tupinambá”. Serra do Padeiro, Brazil
– Museu Paranaense – Retaking the image – research project on the photographic collection and exhibition held jointly with Denilson Baniwa. Guest artists: Juliana Kerexu, Camila – Kaingang, Indiamara Xetá, Ricardo Werá, Élida Yry, Flávio Timóteo, Thaís Krig,
– Invited artist – 34th São Paulo Biennial – participation with the installation “Kanau’Kyba”, Brazil
– MAM – São Paulo Museum of Modern Art – Exhibition “Moquém” curated by Jaider Esbell. São Paulo, Brazil
– Funarte – Exhibition “Kwá yepé turusú Assojara Tupinambá – This is the great return of the Manto Tupinambá”. Brasília – DF.
– Casa da Lenha – Exhibition “Kwá yepé turusú Assojara Tupinambá – This is the great return – of the Manto Tupinambá”. Porto Seguro, Brazil
– Portuguese Language Museum – Participation in the reopening of the permanent exhibition with the Touch Object / Xylographic Matrix “Wapichana Language, Aruak Trunk”. São Paulo, Brazil
– Paraná Municipal Museum of Art (MuMA) – Cultural Gate – Exhibition “Body on the edge line”, curator Leila Alberti. With the work “She Visited me” in conjunction with Lucilene Wapichana . Curitiba, Brazil
– Instituto Maracá e Selvagem – rec-tyty – indigenous arts festival in a virtual environment curated by Ailton Krenak, Cristine Takuá, Carlos Papá, Naine Terena and Sandra Benites, Brazil
– Galeria Nara Roesller – Exhibition “Sobre os Ombros de Gigantes” curated by Raphael Fonseca. São Paulo, Brazil
– MUPA – Paranaense Museum – “I memory, I forest” with the work “Demands of the Forest”. Curitiba, Brazil
– Pinacoteca de São Paulo – Exhibition “Vêxoa – We Know” curated by Naine Terena with the series “Where is the Contemporary Indigenous Art in Paraná? São Paulo, Brazil
– Instituto Moreira Salles , “Programa invita”, with “Recado ao Parente: strong links”, in quarantine. São Paulo, Brazil
– UFPR’s Museum of Archeology and Ethnology – “Abril Indígena” Online Exhibition. In Quarantine. Paranaguá, Brazil
– CCBB/BH – VaiVém Exhibition curated by Raphael Fonseca. Belo Horizonte, Brazil
– MusA (UFPR Art Museum), Exhibition “Netos de Makunaimî” curated by Paula Berbert and Ana Elisa de Freitas , Curitiba, Brazil
– 14th Biennial of Curitiba – Participation in the gallery circuit at Ponto de Fuga Gallery – Exhibition “As if we’ve known each other for years” in the gallery circuit of the 14th Biennial of Curitiba, Brazil
– Pencecoletivo, “The Scream” exhibition. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
– Colabirinto. Exhibition “Indigenous August”. São Paulo, Brazil
– SESC Parque Dom Pedro II. Exhibition “Jardinalidades” curated by Gabriela Leirias and Faetusa Tezelli. São Paulo, Brazil
– CCBB/RJ – Exhibition “VaiVém” curated by Raphael Fonseca. Rio de Janeiro -RJ.Exhibition “VaiVém”.
– CCBB/Brasília – VaiVém Exhibition curated by Raphael Fonseca. Brasília, Brazil
– CCBB/SP – VaiVém Exhibition curated by Raphael Fonseca. São Paulo, Brazil
– Centro de Artes UFF – Exhibition “reAntropofagia” curated by Denilson Baniwa at the event “Teko Porã”. Niterói, Brazil
– Alfaiataria – artists’ group in the inauguration of the Cultural Space. Curitiba, Brazil
– Cultural Center Heitor Stockler Curitiba – with an event for the presentation of the publication “PRAGAESCUTA”, result of the meetings of the “Núcleo de Artes Visuais do SESI-PR” under the guidance of Ana Rocha and Beatriz Lemos. Curitiba, Brazil.
– Museu Alfredo Andersen – group exhibition and presentation of the project “Passo: em Terra” Curitiba, Brazil.
– 4th Ghetto Biennale – participation in the biennial “Vodou, Lakou & Kreyol”, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.
– Platoon Kunsthalle – artist-curator in the group exhibition “Gangnam Art District” in partnership with South Korean artist Jiwoong Yoon. Seoul, South Korea.
– Performance “di-fuso encounter” at Manchester University during the “Festival of Latin American Anti-Racist and Decolonial Art”.
– Literary Performance. “Ajuri de Makunaimî” at the Portuguese Language Museum with Julie Dorrico, Ian Wapichana, Sony Ferseck and Wanda Makuxi.
– Speech-performance. “Wapichana Extension” and “Dabucuri in the Sky” at the “Biennial of the Indians” with Daiara Tukano, Cristine Takuá, Carlos Papa, Denilson Baniwa and Bú’ú Kenedy
– Performance. Series of performances recorded in photo and video at “Ateliê em deslocamento”. Bahia, Brazil. [consult artist].
– Performance. Series of performances recorded in photo and video at “Ateliê em deslocamento”. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [consult artist].
– Urban intervention – “they will not erase our memory” series of interventions recorded in photo and video during the “Ateliê em deslocamento”, part of the installation “KanauKyba” commissioned for the 34th Bienal de São Paulo.
– Urban intervention – “Borduna Wapichana” Series of interventions registered in photo and video during the “Ateliê em deslocamento”.
– Urban intervention – “Wapichana Extension” Series of interventions registered in photo and video during the “Ateliê em deslocamento”.
– Urban intervention – “Kyba Wapichana” Series of interventions recorded in photo and video during the “Ateliê em deslocamento”.
– Urban intervention – “Cocoon” Series of interventions recorded in photo and video during the “Ateliê em deslocamento”.
– Urban intervention – “Kuazaza” Series of interventions recorded in photo and video during the “Ateliê em deslocamento”.
– Digital Intervention. Application of lambes and paintings in places in the city of Belo Horizonte that have an indigenous reference for the “Circuito Municipal de Cultura de BH com Arte Indígena Contemporânea” – curated by Jaider Esbell, Paula Berbert and Aline Xavier. Belo Horizonte -MG.
– Video-performance. “Demands of the forest”. Performance record of the work presented in the exhibition “Eu memória, Eu floresta” at Museu Paranaense, Curitiba, Brazil
– Projection. Participation in the video-art “Olhar da onça” – curated and produced by Andréia Duarte at the Virada Cultural in São Paulo, Brazil
– Video art. “Strong links.” For the Moreira Salles Institute, IMS invites program. São Paulo, Brazil
– Video Art. “Ancestral Landscape”. Audio recording of the “strength of indigenous women” demonstrations in São Paulo and video editing of the displacement path of banana trees from Roraima to the South, São Paulo, Brazil
– Installation. “Ancestral Landscape”, installation-work-viva realized in the exhibition Jardinalidades composed of 3 beds with 33 banana seedlings in each.
– Urban intervention. Painting “Planting banana trees in SP” (5m x 3m) as part of the event “Contemporary indigenous art: updating identities and memories”. at Chalk Square, Republic neighborhood. São Paulo, Brazil
– Artistic intervention. Mural “Where is the Contemporary Indigenous Art in Paraná?” with Juliana Kerexu, Camila Kaingang, Allan Xetá, at the exhibition “Netos de Makunaima”. Curitiba, Brazil
– Performance. “Ancestral threads” with Lucilene Wapichana, at the exhibition “Netos de Makunaima”. Curitiba, Brazil
– Performance. “Fronteira Wapichana” at the 14th Biennial of Curitiba – Participation in the gallery circuit at Ponto de Fuga Gallery – Exhibition “As if we’ve known each other for years” in the gallery circuit of the 14th Biennial of Curitiba, Brazil
– Urban intervention. Barefoot” mural (5m x 2m) in the 29 de Março occupation, CIC neighborhood. Curitiba, Brazil
– Video-performance. “Body-Present and Body-Memory: Wapichana in the South”. Silent performance record of an eight-hour walk. Ilha Grande, Brazil
– Video performance. “Walk on Earth”. Silent performance record of an eight-hour walk. Ilha Grande, Brazil
– Design – for the “Choose Earth” campaign in collaboration with indigenous artists. London, England.
– Artist Book. “Baaraz ka’aupan”, produced and presented in the installation “Kanau’Kyba” for the 34th São Paulo Biennial and signed by “Picada indígena”
– Artist Book. “Recado do bendegó”, produced and presented in the installation “Kanau’Kyba” for the 34th São Paulo Biennial and signed by “Picada indígena”
– Visual Identity and Catalog – for the exhibition “Kwá yepé turusú Assojara Tupinambá – This is the great return of the Manto Tupinambá” invited by Glicéria Tupinambá. Serra do Padeiro – BA. [October, 2021].
– Design – for the “Choose Earth” campaign in collaboration with indigenous artists. London, England.
– Visual Identity. Entidades Virtualizadas – Visual Identity curated by Naine Terena. Mato Grosso, Brazil
– Editorial. Editorial project “How and where to seek help for psychic suffering in SUS?” in collaboration with researchers from UFPR.
– Album Cover. Drawings for the cover “Free Abya Yala” – by Mapuche Artist Brisa Flow. São Paulo, Brazil
– Drawing – for the “Scorched Earth” Podcast, a project by Le Monde Diplomatique Brasil, with support from the Rainforest Journalism Fund in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. A production by Fabio Zuker, with Trovão Mídia.
– Drawing – for a promotional campaign for the feature film “A Febre”, directed by Maya Da-Rin. The distribution company Vitrine Filmes invited the artists Yacunã Tuxá and Gustavo Caboco to produce drawings for T-shirts produced by Tamã.
– Visual Identity. Visual Identity Catalog for Tikmũ ́ũn/Maxakali people filmmakers showcase in collaboration with Pedro, Pastel & Besouro studio.
– Book cover – design for the publication “Stay in the relative village. Indigenous peoples and the Covid-19 pandemic.” Organizer: Rafael Pacheco; Author(s): Jaider Esbell, Carlos Papá, Cristine – Takuá, Cristiane Julião Pankararu, Dival Da Silva, Claudemir Da Silva, Cris Takuá, Eliel Benites, Tatiane Klein, Tiago Nhandewa, Nyg Kuitá, Paola Gibram, Danilo Paiva Ramos, Antonio Oviedo, Tiago Moreira Dos Santos, Ubirajara Oliveira, Britaldo Soares Filho, Silvio Carlos Pereira Filho, João Ricardo Rampinelli Alves, Alex Piaz, and Sofia Mendonça.1st ed. – São Paulo : Editora Primata
– Drawing – for Elástica Magazine with “5 narratives of the Krenak Indians, “the last Botocudos of the East”, by Ailton Krenak, in testimony to Eduardo Ribeiro. July, 2020.
– Book cover – for “A lenda de Jurecê” – a book by the first indigenous cordel author Auritha Tabajara.
– Design – for the ARPIN-south resistance campaign.
– Design – for the campaign “Fica em Casa Parente” (Stay at Home Parente) carried out by Projeto Origem.
– Visual Identity. For the Contemporary Indigenous Art exhibition “Heart in the Village, Feet in the World”, at SESC Piracicaba [postponed due to the pandemic].
– Artist Book – “Indigenous Network: Wapichana Extension”, produced together with Roseane Cadete and Lucilene Wapichana, published by AUA Editorial.
– Design – “Indigenous Parana” for publication organized for the population about the indigenous populations in Parana and design of the “Indigenous Parana Map” organized by Goura Nataraj’s team.
– Drawing – for “Yva Porã”, a fundraising campaign to build a prayer house in Tekoa Tekuaty, Cotinga Island, Paraná.
– Design – for “Life and Death of a Minke Whale in the interior of Pará and other stories from the Amazon by Fábio Zuker and editorial project by Publication Studio.
– Drawing – for Repórter Brasil on the invasions on Yanomami indigenous lands, October, 2019.
– Book cover – editorial follow-up and development of the cover “PRAGAESCUTA” result of the “Núcleo de Artes Visuais do SESI-PR”.
– Text – “Semente de Caboco,” published in FNLIJ, July 2018. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
– Artist Book. “Baaraz Kawau,” produced from the National Museum fire and the memory of Casimiro Cadete Wapichana signed by “Picada indígena”
– Drawing – “Indigenous health: no rights less” for a campaign of resistance of the peoples of the southern region.
– Finalist in the Latin American Design Awards with the project “Yby Festival of Contemporary Indigenous Music” in the graphic design category. 2021, Brazil.
– Winner of the 3rd seLecT Art and Education Award, with the artist book “Baaraz Kawau”. 2020, São Paulo – Brazil
– Silver medal in the 10th edition of the Brasil Design Award (BDA) with the visual project of the second edition of the YBY Contemporary Indigenous Music Festival in the category Graphic Design/Billboards. 2020, Brazil
– Silver medal in the 10th edition of the Brasil Design Award (BDA) with the editorial project for the 8th Olhar de Cinema – Curitiba International Film Festival in the category Catalogue. 2020, Brazil
– Winner in the 15th Tamoios contest, promoted by the UKA institute in partnership with FNLIJ (FUNDAÇÃO NACIONAL DO LIVRO INFANTIL E JUVENIL), with the text “Semente de Caboco” . 2018, Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
DOCUMENTARIES, PODCASTS, TV SHOWS
– Podcast. Participation in “Nhexyrõ – Indigenous Arts Festival” curated by Jaider Esbell. Spotify, Brazil.
– Documentary. Participation in the documentary about the exhibition Jardinalidades commenting the work “Paisagem Ancestral”.
– Documentary. Participation in the documentary “Terra Fértil: Véxoa and contemporary indigenous art at the Pinacoteca de São Paulo”, a documentary made by Débora McDowell and Jamille Pinheiro – Dias with support from the CARLA project – Cultures of Antiracism in Latin America, of the University of Manchester.
– Video-Catalogue. Participation in the catalog of the exhibition “Netos de Makunaima: encounters of contemporary indigenous art”. Youtube, Brazil.
– TV Cultura’s Metrópolis Program – Participation in the program to talk about my participation in the 34th São Paulo Biennial.
– Ghetto Biennale. Artist residency in the “Grand Rue” community and collaboration with local artists to produce urban artistic interventions. December. Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
– Help Jamaica. Production of paintings, murals and workshops with children in the cultural space. Kingston, Jamaica.
– Platoon Kunsthalle. Artist residency for the realization of the project “Gangnam Art District” – co-curatorship with South Korean artist Jiwoong Yoon. Seoul, South Korea.
LECTURES, CONVERSATIONS, WORKSHOPS AND COURSES
– UFPR – Federal University of Paraná – conversation circle “From colonial coma to contemporary indigenous art” with mediation of professor and curator Fabricia Jordão.
– USP – University of São Paulo – Participation in the course “Amerindian Thought” together with Lucilene Wapichana and with mediation of Professor Marília Librandi, from Princeton University. The program is part of USP’s Research Support Centers – Diversitas – Brazil Africa – CEsTA and NAPPLAC.
– The University of Manchester – Round of Talks “Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America” about the exhibition – Véxoa: We Know at the Pinacoteca de São Paulo and contemporary indigenous art in Brazil. São Paulo, Brazil
– MusA (UFPR Art Museum) – “Launching of the Decade of Contemporary Indigenous Art” – meetings with Jaider Esbell, Paula Berbert, Ana Elisa de freitas –
at the exhibition Netos de Makunaimî. Curitiba, Brazil
– Pipa Prize Indigenous Land – conversations with Paula Berbert on Isael Maxakali’s campaign for the online pipa prize.
– 34ª Bienal de São Paulo – Release of the publication “primeiros ensaios” (first essays).
– 3rd Select Art and Education Award – presentation of the project “Baaraz Kawau”.
– Pinacoteca – Conversation between artists in Véxoa: We know at the Pinacoteca de São Paulo and contemporary indigenous art in Brazil
– Diversitas USP – Contribution to the course “Amerindian Thought” – Diversitas USP, Marilia Librandi and Serio Bayron.
– UFPR’s Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology – “Talks about immateriality” in the context of Indigenous April.
– FLIMO – Morretes Literary Festival – Whose Home? FLIMO Morretes Literary Festival
– Pequeno Príncipe Hospital – drawing workshop for children admitted in the hospital in partnership with the illustrator Evandro Marenda.
– SESC Dom Pedro II – rivers roças e redes. Poster workshop “Canauanim do Tamanduateí” and talk “corpo território memória ancestral”. São Paulo, Brazil
– Second Floor – round of conversation “Papo Caboco” and discussions about Contemporary Indigenous Art Curitiba, Brazil
– SESI-PR – conversation round “Which indigenous idea did you build?”, presentation of projects in the “SESI-PR Visual Arts Center”.
– Caixa Cultural. Speaker at the “JORNADA DE ARTE INDÍGENA” with the talk “Voz ao Caboco”. Unfolding of the exhibition “THE TIME OF DREAMS: CONTEMPORARY ABORIGENE ART FROM AUSTRALIA”. November. Curitiba, Brazil
– Caixa Cultural. VI Educators training meeting in the “JORNADA DE ARTE INDÍGENA”. Unfolding of the exhibition “THE TIME OF DREAMS: CONTEMPORARY ABORIGINE ART FROM AUSTRALIA”. November. Curitiba, Brazil
– Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil
– MAR – Rio Art Museum, Brazil
– MAC Paraná – Contemporary Art Museum of Paraná, Brazil
– MUPA – Paranaense Museum, Brazil
– Portuguese Language Museum, Brazil
Video produced by Do Rio Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2022:
“ Programa Convida: Gustavo Caboco”, 2020. Duration 4’35”
“ LIVE: PROTAGONISMO INDÍGENA NA ARTE E NA PESQUISA”, 2021. Duration 101’30”
“ Repórter Eco ”, 2022. Duration 27’03”
“ Debate de abertura | forumdoc.bh.2021”, 2021. Duration 210’32”
“ Catálogo da exposição Netos de Makunaimi: encontros de arte indígena contemporânea”, 2021. Duration 15’38”
“ Kwá yapé turusú yuriri assojaba tupinambá | Lançamento do catálogo da exposição”, 2021. Duration 89’58”
“ Fertile earth: Véxoa and contemporary indigenous art in the Pinacoteca of São Paulo”, 2021. Duration 22’51”
“ Véxoa: Nós sabemos na Pinacoteca de São Paulo e a arte indígena contemporânea no Brasil”, 2020. Duration 102’55”
“ FLIMO 2020 – QUINTAL: CASA DE QUEM? com Giovana Madalosso, Gustavo Caboco e Julie Dorrico”, 2020. Duration 95’05”
“ LIVE: PROTAGONISMO INDÍGENA NA ARTE E NA PESQUISA”, 2021. Duration 101’30”
“ #34bienal (Educação) Lançamento da publicação educativa – Bendegó”, 2020. Duration 75’24”
“ Gustavo Caboclo e Lucilene Wapichana – Não apagarão nossa memória”, 2020. Duration 102’34”
“ É indígena a erva-mate! | Exposição Eu Memória, Eu Floresta: História Oculta”, 2021. Duration 12’10”
“ Apresentações dos artistas finalistas do Prêmio seLecT”, 2020. Duration 132’28”
“ Gustavo Caboco – Semente de Caboco”, 2021. Duration 70’04”
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