Véxoa: We Know, curated for the Pinacoteca de São Paulo by Naine Terena, Director of Education and Artistic Training in the Ministry of Culture in Brazil, —and traveling to TUAG as its only North American presentation—brings together the work of Indigenous artists of Brazil to explore the histories and political power of contemporary art in the country.
Organized at TUAG by Dr. Claudia Mattos Avolese, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Visual and Material Studies, at SMFA Tufts, the exhibition features 22 artists and collectives working in a range of media, from film and photography to sculpture and mural painting, including new commissions debuting at Tufts.
These sources provide background and relevant contextual information to help you engage deeply with Véxoa: We Know. As you navigate the tabs, you will find resources about the original exhibition at the Pinacoteca de São Paulo in 2020, Indigenous Art and Museums in Brazil, Indigenous Activism, Historical and Political Background, and Resources about the Artists and Communities in the Exhibition. As you explore, we invite you to think about the importance of self-representation in the museum and the role of art and artists in pushing activist agendas forward. You will find additional questions for discussion or reflection here.
Yacunã Tuxá, Minha avó me ensinou a lutar (My Grandmother Taught Me How to Fight), 2019. Desenho digital (Digital drawing)
There are many threats facing Indigenous peoples in Brazil and the larger world, including ecological threats, issues of land recognition, and evolving conceptions of indigeneity. These concerns, and the various ways Indigenous people have tried to combat them, are explored through films, podcasts, and articles.
São muitas as ameaças que os povos indígenas enfrentam no Brasil e no mundo, incluindo ameaças ecológicas, questões de reconhecimento de terras e concepções de indigenismo em constante transformação. Essas preocupações e as várias maneiras pelas quais os povos indígenas têm tentado combatê-las são exploradas por meio de filmes, podcasts e artigos.
Edgar Kanaykõ, Já! Luta e resistência (Now! War and Resistance), 2017.
The artwork in Véxoa sits within the larger context of Brazil as a nation. Timelines, videos, and an interactive map help situate the works in relation to Brazilian political history, from colonization, to its 1988 constitution, to more recent events and their impact on Indigenous communities.
As obras apresentadas em Véxoa estão inseridas em um contexto mais amplo do Brasil enquanto nação. Linhas do tempo, vídeos e um mapa interativo ajudam a situar as obras de arte em relação à história política brasileira, desde a colonização, passando pela Constituição de 1988, até eventos mais recentes e seus respectivos impactos na vida das comunidades indígenas.
The term Indigenous is a blanket term used to describe diverse peoples with unique languages and histories. In the source below, Raheja, Smith and Tevas explain that “Indigeneity functions as both a fluid and grounded form of identification with its basis in indigenous cosmologies and survival amid colonialism” (116). Raheja, M. H. et al. (eds.) (2015) Native studies keywords. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press. (ENG)
Installation view. Pinacoteca de São Paulo. Photo by Isabella Matheus.
Véxoa was originally organized for the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, one of the largest public art museums in Brazil. Learn more about its original curation and reception through videos, interviews, and reviews.
Véxoa foi originalmente organizada para a Pinacoteca de São Paulo, um dos maiores museus de arte do Brasil. Saiba mais sobre sua curadoria original e recepção crítica através de vídeos, entrevistas e resenhas.
Jaider Esbell, Árvore de todos os saberes (Tree of All Knowledge), 2013- 2021. Acrílica sobre lona (Acrylic on tarp)
There are over 22 artists featured in Véxoa. Read short bios about each artist in the show and browse additional resources related to their work.
Há mais de 22 artistas em destaque em Véxoa. Leia breves biografias sobre cada artista presente na exposição e consulte recursos adicionais relacionados ao seu trabalho.
Yermollay Caripoune, Tunãkay, 2019. Caneta Posca sobre papel (POSCA pen on paper)
The ways in which Indigenous artists and their art have been received by the western art world has been undergoing a marked change. Learn about these shifts via thoughts from curators and reviews of recent exhibits of Indigenous art in Brazil.
A forma como os artistas indígenas e sua arte têm sido recebidos pelo mundo da arte ocidental está passando por uma mudança marcante. Conheça alguns pontos dessas mudanças através de reflexões de curadores e resenhas de exposições recentes sobre arte indígena no Brasil.
PLEASE NOTE: In the United States, it is standard practice to note tribal nation of an individual, usually parenthetically after their name. In Brazil, Indigenous people often use their tribal affiliation as their surname. In Véxoa, we have only noted those whose surnames do not reflect their identities.