Transnational Correspondence at Tate Modern

Transnational Correspondence at Tate Modern


September 6, 2007
Transnational Correspondence at Tate Modern
Transnational Correspondence

Friday 14 September 2007, 10.00 – 17.00

Saturday 15 September 2007, 10.00 – 17.00

Establishing a sustainable, dynamic field of knowledge regarding contemporary art from beyond Western Europe and the USA remains a persistent challenge. In response, Transnational Correspondence brings a group of Brazilian artists, writers and curators into dialogue with their UK contemporaries. Participants will consider how entwined national and international contexts are negotiated in producing, exhibiting and interpreting art.

With the support of Tate Modern, Camberwell College of Arts, Chelsea College of Art & Design and the Centre for Brazilian Studies, University of Oxford, this event forms part of an ongoing collaboration between TrAIN and EBA-PPGAV, a centre for post-graduate research at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

The speakers are: from TrAIN, Michael Asbury, Oriana Baddeley, Deborah

Cherry and Toshio Watanabe; from PPGAV, Guilherme Bueno, Gloria Ferreira,

Milton Machado, Paulo Venancio Filho and Carlos Zilio; Moacir dos Anjos,

independent curator and former Director of the Museum of Modern Art Recife,

Fernando Cocchiarali, Director of the Museum of Modern Art Rio de Janeiro

and Isobel Whitelegg, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Art History &

Theory, University of Essex.

Guest discussants include Sutapa Biswas and Guy Brett.

Advance booking is required:

+44 (0) 20 7887 8888 (Tate Box Office )

Transnational Correspondence Publication

The symposium coincides with the landmark Tate Modern exhibition Hélio Oiticica The Body of Colour, and also marks the launch of TrAIN’s first collaborative publication. Jointly edited by Michael Asbury (TrAIN) and Gloria Ferreira (PPGAV) Transnational Correspondence takes the form of a bilingual special issue of PPGAV’s annual journal, Arte e Ensaios (Art & Essays). It includes essays by members of both research centres and invited contributors; a dossier of historical letters written between artists in Brazil and Europe; two photographic inserts reproducing work by artists David Medalla and Lucia Nogueira (both exemplars of a transnational practice), and a new interview with curator Guy Brett. The front cover of the journal has been designed by artist Sutapa Biswas, an interview with whom is also included.


David Medalla, ‘Le Flâneur de l’Eurostar’ (performance, Gare du Nord, Paris, France), 1996. Image courtesy the artist; copyright the artist.

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