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Ouro Preto Contemporary Art Week

Ouro Preto Contemporary Art Week - Art as function

Thinking of art as a tool in the transience between modern and contemporary, the mission of the Institute of Contemporary Art of Ouro Preto (iA) is to facilitate the development of communities, fostering endemic artistic expressions and questioning them with the transfiguration of the common place by conducting research, exhibitions, installations and other artistic trends

After 100 years of the Modern Art Week myth, the exercise manifests itself in the opposite direction, the power of cartelization is no longer in Europe, but in revisiting our own history. It is necessary to deconstruct this myth and the best tribute we can pay to the masters of 1922 is to challenge them today, in the delight of the now. Not so that Brazilian art goes back to the past, no, but so that it makes future possible. Such a transition would not be possible elsewhere than Ouro Preto and Mariana. And it starts at the Ouro Preto Contemporary Art Week, which comes with a new gestation to the city, in order to promote a multidimensional experience that allows us to discover the power of diversity. A space for exchange, mediation.


Ouro Preto Contemporary Art Week - Art as function

Thinking of art as a tool in the transience between modern and contemporary, the mission of the Institute of Contemporary Art of Ouro Preto (iA) is to facilitate the development of communities, fostering endemic artistic expressions and questioning them with the transfiguration of the common place by conducting research, exhibitions, installations and other artistic trends.

To paraphrase one of the meanings of “contemporary”: it is and will always be today, now. So what would come after modernism? Neo- modernism? Post-modernity? Vanguard? It doesn't matter the word that historians, curators, artists and researchers use, this anodyne thing, because what matters is, finally, to reach the concrete transition between these two times, at the same time distinct and complementary to each other

Through these artistic expressions, the iA will unfreeze the historic city and open a decolonizing process through art, intersecting the local with the rest of Brazil. It will promote the transition between the modern and the contemporary through a cartographic process, the ethnographic mapping of the surrounding cities with historical rooting, so that we can be part of a whole, a Brazilian whole. Who knows if, from this endorsement, from us to ourselves, those who are used to thinking inwards may be able to think outwards?

With indirect assimilations, in this first stage, it is necessary to achieve a sense of globality without, however, falling into the harmful traps of globalization. It is necessary to raise this controversy. This is not necessarily about an aesthetic attribute, but rather, about putting it in vogue, as Zé Celso Martinez Correa warned: “globalization has swallowed our anthropophagy”. It is necessary to rethink, recreate, find the new that exists and lives, latent, in the old. Also to know how to deal with paradoxes and, in the face of the transitory, to create the unnameable, which is always to come.

The challenging way out of the current aporias is in dialogism, in the critical and creative polyphony, carnivalizer and restorer of this Brazilianness by itself — Brazilianness that discards nihilism and, ultimately, death. For this reason, it is necessary to diagnose this place, where it all started. Art as a decolonizing function.

Three are the aspects of a complex matter involving art: having a function, being a function and having no function at all. This is a most luminous dilemma. Social, physical, political, natural systems are organized in equations in which elements are not only related, but are functions of each other. Function is a force field. The dream of decolonization through art not only has a function, but it is an essential function for the organic, social and historical system.

After 100 years of the Modern Art Week myth, the exercise manifests itself in the opposite direction, the power of cartelization is no longer in Europe, but in revisiting our own history. It is necessary to deconstruct this myth and the best tribute we can pay to the masters of 1922 is to challenge them today, in the delight of the now. Not so that Brazilian art goes back to the past, no, but so that it makes future possible. Such a transition would not be possible elsewhere than Ouro Preto and Mariana. And, of course, it won't take place in just 10 days, but it starts with the Ouro Preto Contemporary Art Week.

The Institute of Contemporary Art of Ouro Preto comes to bring this new gestation to the city, in order to promote a multidimensional experience that allows us to discover the power of diversity. A space for exchange, mediation. Acting with the awareness that we are part of a whole and nothing belongs to us. We are part of the whole, and this changes everything. This new view connects us to the social that originated us, expanding our recognition of the existence of the other, and establishes a real inter-relationship. Artistic revitalization transforms the non-place, restores its existence, transforming it, in fact, in a place.

If that is not the function of the art of our time, what would it be, then?