IXth Seminar on Art, Culture and Photography

Images: Practices and Methodologies

15-19 September 2014

The ninth edition of the Seminar on Art, Culture and Photography, “Images: Practices and Methodologies” will be held at MAC USP Nova Sede, from the 15th to 19th of September 2014. Researchers from universities in Portugal and in the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Minas Gerais and São Paulo, in Brazil, will attend thematic paper sessions. The artists Dora Longo Bahia and Sandra Gamarra, and professors Lilia Schwarcz, Alexandre Santos and Charles Monteiro are invited to give special lectures.

The registration for the IXth Seminar is open from the 21th of August to the 19th of September 2014, and more information is given by contacting the e-mail artefotografiausp@gmail.com. The event will be held in the Auditorium of MAC USP Nova Sede, Ibirapuera, in São Paulo, Brazil.
The Seminar is organized by the Research Group Art & Photography, based at ECA (Department of Arts) in the Universidade de São Paulo (USP). In 2014 the Research Group is comemmorating its 10th birthday under the coordination of Prof. Dr. Tadeu Chiarelli.

In this edition the seminar is focused on debating methods and strategies in image studies present in contemporary academic research. The objective of the event is to provide a public discussion on the studies that, having the image as its central theme, search for alternative methodological approaches in the areas of History, Anthropology and Visual Culture. Some specific approaches are highlighted, as Gender Studies, Feminist Criticism and the relations between art and politics.
During its five days the event will begin at 13:30, with thematic paper sessions followed by a coffee break. Every day, from 16:00 to 18:00, an artist or professor will present a special lecture.
On the 15th of September, the thematic paper session will be composed by Fabiana Bruno, PhD in Multimedia from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), and postdoctoral researcher at Escola de Artes e Comunicações (ECA-USP); and by Fabiana Marcelli da Silva, PhD student in Social History on USP, with an MA in Social History from the Universidade Católica, PUC-SP. Fabiana Bruno will discuss on methodological approaches to image, taking as a start point the experiences developed with photographic research in archives as a way of accessing and questioning knowledge in Human Sciences, specially regarding Anthropology. Fabiana Marcelli focuses on a series of photographies produced by Vicenzo Pastore in São Paulo in 1910 portraying aspects of social life after the abolition of slavery in Brazil.
After the coffee break Professor of History and Anthropology at USP Lilia Schwarcz will give the lecture “Fui canibalizada por uma artista” (“I was cannibalized by an artist”) about the methodological and theoretical impasses she experienced during five years of acquaintanceship with Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão.
On the 16th of September the thematic session is composed by Silvia Amélia Nogueira, artist and professor of Art in Centro Pedagógico, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), MA in Arts from the Escola de Belas Artes, UFMG; and by Luana Saturnino, PhD in Cultural History from Unicamp. Professor Silvia Nogueira will discuss on the use of primary sources in Gender Studies in Brazil. Dr. Luana Saturnino talks about conceptions of originality and geniality that underlay part of the XXth-century literature on art as a strategy to alienate women from artistic recognition.
The lecture of the day will be presented by artist Dora Longo Bahia, Professor in the Departamento de Artes Plásticas of ECA-USP, who will show part of her artistic work, with focus on her series “Desastres da Guerra” (2012) (“War Disasters”), highlighting the relation between her work and photography.
In its third day, the 17th of Septembre, the IXth Seminar will have the participation of Vitor Grunvald, MA in Social Anthropology from the Museu Nacional (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro-UFRJ), and PhD student in Social Anthropology at USP; and Aline Soares, PhD student in Communication Sciences at Universidade do Minho (Portugal). Vitor Grunwald will talk about the trajectory of French artist Michel Journiac, founder of corporal art in France in the end of the 1960’s.  Aline Soares discusses in her presentation the paradigms of photographic portrait in terms of its technics, and also of its cultural and esthetic aspects.
The historian and PhD in Visual Arts (PPGAV-UFRGS), Professor in the Departamento de Artes Visuais (DAV), Instituto de Artes, UFRGS, Alexandre Santos, will present the lecture “A teoria queer: potencialidades metodológicas para pensar a arte e suas conexões com a fotografia” (“Queer Theory: methodological potencialities for reflecting on art and their connections with photography”). This lecture proposes the applicability of Queer Theory as a methodological approach to the study of photography as an artistic language.

On the 18th of September, researcher Vivian Palma, PhD student at ECA-USP will discuss the relations between artistic poetics and memory construction in a context of political redemocratization; Gustavo Motta, PhD student in Visual Arts at ECA-USP, questions the notion of an objective easthetic form (according to literary critic Roberto Schwarz) as a foundation to critical research in Arts. After the thematic session, Peruvian artist Sandra Gamarra will talk about her trajectory, composed of works that question the relation of her country with progress and modernity.

The IXth Seminar ends on the 19th of September with a thematic session composed by Prof. Dr. Lívia Aquino, who will talk about amateur photography and its historical construction, with a reflection on the creation of social practices in the context of tourism massification. Researcher Cyra Maria de Araújo, MA in History from Unicamp, will discuss the visual studies in forensic photography in her work with the estate of the Instituto de Criminalística em São Paulo (1987-2007). Finishing the program, the lecture “A fotografia de Luiz Carlos Felizardo: Fotodocumentarismo no Brasil nos anos 1970 e 1980”, (“Luiz Carlos Felizardo’s Photographic Work: Photodocumentarism in Brazil in the 1970’s and 1980’s”) will be presented by Prof. Dr. Charles Monteiro, professor in the Departamento de História, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul. Professor Monteiro will discuss the trajectories, projects, themes and filiations present in Felizardos’s photography and relate them to international trends in documentary photography according to the thought of Olivier Lugon.

IXth Seminar Art, Culture and Photography – “Images: practices and methodologies”
Sponsor: Capes
In collaboration with MAC - USP
and Departamento de Artes Plásticas Escola de Comunicações e Artes, ECA-USP.
Organized by: Research Group Arte & Fotografia (www.geartfoto.blogspot.com)
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Venue: MAC USP Nova Sede, Auditorium – Total capacity: 100 seats.
Address: Avenida Pedro Alvares Cabral, 1301;  Tel.: 5573-9932 
Event Time: 13h30 às 18h (intervalo: 15h30 às 16h)
Registration:  From 21 August to 19 September 2014,  (limited places)
Fees: R$ 200,00 (5 days, with certificate of participation) and R$ 50,00 (one day, no certificate of participation) Student: R$100,00 (5 days) and R$ 25,00 (one day).
Registration form: available on blog www.geartfoto.blogspot.com. Please, send the completed forms to e-mail: artefotografiausp@gmail.com. More information: artefotografiausp@gmail.com
Press contact: Frederico Silva Cel. +5511 98923-3252, e-mail: f_fred80@yahoo.com.br 

The Group
The Research Group Arte & Fotografia was founded in April 2004, linked to the Departamento de Artes Plásticas, Escola de Comunicações e Artes, Universidade de São Paulo (ECA-USP), under the coordination of Prof. Dr. Tadeu Chiarelli. The group is exclusively composed by academic researchers – graduate, MA, PhD and postdoctoral students - under the supervision of Prof. Chiarelli. The group meets weekly for reading and discussing texts, besides the presentation of internal seminars with special guests, as Laura Gonzales Flores, Annateresa Fabris and Lilia Schwarcz. The Seminar on Art, Culture and Photography is annualy organized by the group, which also publishes the Boletim.