We Are What We Lost XIII OuUnPo Research Session, São Paulo, November 7-16, 2014

 OuUnPo, Vision Forum and Curatorial Mutiny are proud to announce:

We Are What We Lost

XIII OuUnPo Research Session, São Paulo, November 7-16, 2014
Curated by Sara Giannini.

We Are What We Lost is a mobile festival organised by the European artistic network OuUnPo | Ouvroir d’Univers Potentiels in cooperation with Brazilian artists, researchers and institutions. Each day a series of actions, talks, screenings, workshops and performances will be enacted in different venues and locations across São Paulo.

We Are What We Lost is the 13th session that the group arranges and will close the cycle “Catastrophe & Heritage” (2012-14) where OuUnPo has investigated crisis, conflict and how these affect the formation of identities. Previous sessions have been held in Beirut (2012), Tokyo (2013) and Gibellina (2014). In each country the group has explored different forms of collaborative expressions by working with local artists, curators, researchers and institutions.

Over the span of 10 days, We Are What We Lost will become a platform to experiment with disappearance as a metaphor and research question. The session will look at how loss influences our being in the present as well as in what way it affects our dialogue with the past. How do we take in voids and vestiges to generate sense and revisit memory? How do ruptures and new constellations shape our experience and understanding of time and temporality?
Looking at the history of Brazil we can see how the European colonization marked a fracture of the space-time continuum, of how life was constituted. It was an apocalypse that caused a violent upheaval in the history of the continent. Furthermore, the extermination of the native populations across the Americas contributed to shape the world we live in today. It created the basis for land and labour exploitation whose effects still lay the foundation for contemporary capitalism.

Within this framework OuUnPo along with local collaborators will investigate the heritage of catastrophe, a subject matter composed by conflictual histories, fragments and residuals. We Are What We Lost aims to untangle the potential of minor and nonlinear narratives through a curated series of events that brings together a rich variety of disciplines and perspectives into the arena of contemporary art.

The festival forms an immersive and itinerant palimpsest of events where the participation of local contributors, spaces, institutions and audiences will create new meetings and form unexpected alliances. The group will approach local collections in an interrogative manner but also work with impromptu situations, urban explorations as well as other forms of interventions in informal contexts. OuUnPo invites you to dig out the forgotten and wonders:

Are We What We Lost?

The session is curated by Sara Giannini with Per Huttner. Curatorial assistant Gabriela Vanzetta.

OuUnPo is supported by Creed and the events are supported by the University of Linköping, Sweden; Goethe Institute, São Paulo; and The Embassy of Sweden in Brazil.


OuUnPo members:
Yane Calovski, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Sara Giannini, Jean-Luis Huhta, Per Hüttner, Sachi Miyachi, Elena Nemkova, Jacopo Miliani, Natasha Rosling, Claudia Squitieri, Samon Takahashi, Fatos Ustek, Olav Westphalen, Stephen Whitmarsh.

Partner institutions in São Paulo:
Associação Cultural Videobrasil, Casa do Povo, Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP), Escola do Teatro de São Paulo (SPET), Goethe Institute São Paulo, Kunsthalle São Paulo, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM), Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Pontoaurora.

Individual participants from São Paulo:
Thelma Bonavita, Gabriel Borba, Massimo Canevacci, Pedro Cesarino, Ana Dupas, Mauricio Ianes, Clara Ianni, Runo Lagomarsino, Laercio Redondo, Vinicius Spricigo, Gabriela Vanzetta, Carla Zaccagnini and students from SPET.

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