Brazil Footprint returns in 2023 with new collaborations with extraordinary artists, filmmakers and researchers from Brazil. The programme, which started in April with a workshop at the University of Manchester with Daiara Tukano and Marilene Ribeiro, continues through June with a new collaboration with Wapichana Artist Gustavo Caboco, The Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum and Holmleigh Primary School, and the Amazonian Film Festival curated by Vanessa Gabriel Robinson at the Gulbenkian Art Centre in Canterbury on June 24. The British Council Biennials Connect Grant, the University of Manchester, the University of Kent and the Gulbenkian Art Centre support the programme.
Introduced by its founder Vanessa Gabriel Robinson, Amazonia Film Festival is back as a part of Brazil Footprint 2023 season. Amazonia Film Festival was created in 2014 and it aims to give an international platform to filmmakers born in the region, giving them a voice to talk about the challenges faced by all communities living in the Amazonia, such as indigenous, black and riverside communities. The festival wants to show the diversity in the region and the many Amazonias and its daily challenges.
It is a unique insight into the region through the eyes of some of its most exciting independent filmmakers. In a moment when the world is talking about climate change, climate justice and the future of the Amazon rainforest, it’s time to listen to those that can talk about their home and their local problems using arts to connect globally.
O Reflexo do Lago (Amazon Mirror)
by Fernando Segtowick, 2020
No Vazio do Ar (Into the void)
by Priscilla Brasil, 2022
Strengthening Threads, Opening Paths for Museum-Community Healing?
What are European museums with ethnographic collections doing to weave and strengthen threads with communities in Latin America and the Caribbean? Thinking with histories and practices of the Wapichana - Indigenous peoples from northern Brazil and southern Guyana - and their objects held at the British Museum, this event will reflect on the conditions that have created dislocation and disconnection between museums and communities. Artist Gustavo Caboco Wapichana and historian Roseane Cadete Wapichana - currently in residence at the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research (SDCELAR) at the British Museum - will meet with Jamille Pinheiro Dias (Director, Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of London), Francesca Laura Cavallo (Founder, Brazil Footprint, University of Kent), and curators Diego Atehortúa and Magdalena Araus Sieber (SDCELAR), to discuss how colonialism and coloniality have created and perpetuated these dynamics, and consider how this current residency at the British Museum may open paths for healing relations between ethnographic museums and Indigenous communities.
Gustavo Caboco and Holmleigh Primary School
28 June - 2nd of July
Holmleigh Primary School and the British Musem
Supported by the British Council, Brazil Footprint and Holmleigh Primary School are participating in the project Strengthening the Threads(Fortalecendo os Fios) by Gustavo Caboco, an artist from the Wapichana Indigenous communities of Amazonia, who is visiting the UK for a residency at the British Museum. Taking Wapichana traditional weaving objects at the Museum as its starting point, the collaboration project focuses on stitching and embroidery as an art form and a way to recover and strengthen our roots. It involves a public lecture at the British Museum (see above), a school assembly with Caboco and a special workshop at the Musem, and drop-in sessions at the school to create the pages of an embroidered book. See info above to join the public lecture, all other events with Holmleigh Primary School are by invite only. Anyone interested in participating for research or training can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Guardians and Forests:
risk, art and local knowledge
A workshop exploring ideas of guardianship and stewardship of borders within forests.
Thu, 27 Apr 2023 11:00 - 16:00 BST
University of Manchester
Stephen Joseph Studio (Room 1.) Manchester M15 6EX United Kingdom
Exploring ideas of guardianship and stewardship of borders within forests, this workshop will focus on risk, art, and the agency of local knowledge in defence of rainforests. We will discuss Indigenous art practices that work across these three realms in the Amazon with Artist and Activist Daiara Tukano (via Zoom); we will consider the political agency of photography with Brazilian artist and ecologist Marilene Ribeiro; and we will directly explore tools and strategies for guarding our safe spaces, wherever they might be. This workshop is organised by CLACS, the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and is part of the Brazil Footprint 00 2023 public programme. The event is funded by CIDRAL, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Arts and Languages, which facilitates cross-disciplinary activities and exchanges within the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester.
Science and Industry Museum_6 July 2022, Manchester
For the second edition of our festival, we joined forces with Science and Industry Museum in Manchester for a curated programme to coincide with Sebastião Salgado's exhibition. The programme has invited artists and guests born in Amazonia to occupy spaces at the museum with video projections and show-and-tell displays, addressing the effects of colonialism, industrialisation and extractivism in the region by celebrating the power of its art, craft and spirituality as means of resistance.
Amazonia Mapping Festival, Rafael BQueer, Luakam Anambé, Flavia Amedeu, Amitixathi, Vanessa Gabriel Robinson
Image Credits: Amazonia Late at the Science Museum, artworks by Amixathi, Festival Amazônia Mapping, 2020. Frame by Haux" Artwork by Carol Santana, Yaka Sales.
A week-long online festival that explores Brazil's perspective on the global mobilisation against climate inequalities, in the context of the UN’s upcoming COP26 conference. Responding to the Barbican exhibition Claudia Andujar: The Yanomami Struggle, the programme brings together artists, curators and academics to discuss how art addresses questions that go beyond technocratic approaches to climate change: symbiosis, interdependence and the resilience of
Image Credit: Mülambo, Mareé, Acrilic on Canvas, 2020
Studio Visit: Mulambö
Lecture: Uýra Sodoma
Talk with Naine Terena
Have You Seen a River Stop?
Poetics of Resilience
Brazil Footprint is a Research and Engagement network and public programme for the support of ecologically minded, decolonial and intersectional discourses and art practices across Brazil and the UK. It was founded in 2021 by Dr Francesca Laura Cavallo as a part of 'Acting before the Emergency', a research project at the University of Kent supported by Research UK through the Global Challenges Research Framework.
In 2021 we partnered with the Barbican Centre for an online programme of films and conversations with Brazilian Indigenous and Afro-Brazilian Artists to coincide with Claudia Andujar's exhibition. Focusing on the Amazon region in 2022, we curated a public programme with artists from the region at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester as part of their Amazônia late event for Salgado's exhibition.
Founder Dr Francesca Laura Cavallo. Cultural strategy advisor: Vanessa Gabriel Robinson. Show and tell coordination: Ana Didonet. Partners 2023: Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Art and Language and CLACS Centre for Latin American Studies, the University of Manchester, Centre for Indigenous and Settler Colonial Studies at the University of Kent, Holmleigh Primary School.