Public talk. CODE: Contemporary Art of Brazil


From 25 June 2017




Garage Auditorium


In the lead-up to their first exhibition in Russia, Brazilian artists Albano Afonso, Carla Chaim, Carlos Nunes, Ding Musa and Sandra Cinto discuss their collaboration on CODE with critic Arie Amaya-Akkermans.

CODE is an exhibition based on a study of common codes and points of intersection. Bringing together independent projects by different artists, the exhibition explores the common ground and common elements that allow viewers in Brazil, Russia or any other region to understand their works.

The second part of the meeting will be devoted to self-organization and in particular to the residency Ateliê Fidalga organized by Sandra Cinto and Albano Afonso. Over twenty-five artists, curators, and philosophers from different countries have stayed at the residency since its launch, making it an important platform for artists of various ages and backgrounds to discuss current issues in architecture, philosophy, literature and art.


Sandra Cinto (b. 1968, Santo André) is among the most acclaimed artists in Brazil and has works in museum and gallery collections around the world. With drawing as her medium of choice, the artist transfers its techniques to other media she works with. The main focus of her work is on the omnipresent forces of nature and their relationship with humans. Her grand metaphor of human existence is also based on her personal life. She has had solo exhibitions at CAAM Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno in Madrid (2014), Oscar Neiemeyer Museum in Curitiba (2014), Instituto Tomie Ohtake in São Paolo (2010) and other museums and galleries in Brazil, Europe and the USA.

Carla Chaim (b. 1983, São Paolo) uses her body to make works that explore not the body’s proper extremes and limitations, but the phenomenon of creativity and the poetics of creation. Working in a variety of media such as drawing, installation, sculpture and video, she is interested in creating self-reflective and conceptualized works. She has participated in many group exhibitions in Brazil and the USA, including Os Primeiros Dez Anos, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paolo (2010) and Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict. Abstract Art, CIFO, Miami (2014).

Albano Afonso (b. 1964, São Paolo) works with light, giving it a sculptural presence in photographs, installations and objects and exploring its ability to reveal what is hidden on the one hand and to distort form and create illusions on the other. Afonso often turns to traditional art forms in order to rediscover their ability of reflect light and shadow. The artist took part in the 1st International Biennale of Photography in São Paulo (2014) and has exhibited works at CAC Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati), Casa Triângulo (São Paolo), CAB Art Center (Brussels) and other galleries and museums in Europe, Brazil and the USA.

Carlos Nunes (b. 1979, São Paolo) explores all the aspects of materials he works with, making photographs, sculptures and installations that reflect on the medium. Like scientific experiments or theorems that need to be proven, his works are inspired by the desire to discover or invent things that are not there. Solo exhibitions include Triunfo das cores, amor e música, sobre os maldosos azuis, Centro de Cultura Britânica, São Paolo (2010), Até o fim, MAC Curitiba (2009) and Amarelo, Espaço Laika, São Paolo (2011).

Ding Musa (b. 1979, São Paolo) explores the properties of representation and visual perception, focusing in particular on photography and the process of constructing images. Ding Musa plays with perspective, focus, narrative, point of view and filters that influence our perception of images. His works have been exhibited at Galeria Raquel Arnaud in São Paolo and Brazilian festivals ArtRio (2016) and SP-Arte (2017).

how to take part

Free admission with advance registration.
The lecture is in English with simultaneous translation into Russian.