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  • Dezembro, 17. 2013

    Inhotim press room


    brumadinhocommunityhistory

    Leitura: 2 min

    The right place

    The right place

    Today Brumadinho has its 75th anniversary and has become one of the Brazilian cities that are most talked about in the national and international press. In addition to hosting Inhotim, which has brought the city the title of one of the great tourism destinations in Brazil, the city has a rich cultural and natural heritage.

    The population of about 35 thousand inhabitants is made up of generous, welcoming people. The religious and cultural tradition of the quilombola (former slaves) communities are experienced with the energy of those who are proud of their African roots in their daily lives. The musical vocation of the city shows its rhythms in the instruments of its century old bands and in the voices of the several choirs that gather together children, teenagers and adults.

    Nature has also been very generous with the town. Two important world biomes, the Atlantic Rainforest and the cerrado, or Brazilian Savanna, meet at the ocean of mountains in the Brumadinho territory.  During most of the year the mountains and the city are covered in fog and the days start off with a fresh, light air.

    So, where else could Inhotim be located? Nowhere else in the world. That is why we are proud of being a part of this history.

    This is a homage of Instituto Inhotim to the 75th anniversary of Brumadinho.

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    Dezembro, 13. 2013

    Inhotim press room


    artlab inhotim

    Leitura: 3 min

    Lab for art

    Lab for art

    The environment is light. Through the round window, the late afternoon light and the urban atmosphere invade the room. The noise of horns makes the visitors’ whispers almost disappear. They carefully evaluate the photos hanging on the walls. In the center, supports show parts of the exhibition. In common they have one of the oldest knowledge aids emerged in the Middle Ages: the book.

    Entitled Sublevações do Livro: Objeto – Espaço – Matéria, the show held in early December brings productions from participants of Laboratório Inhotim, an educational project of the Institute, developed with students from Brumadinho/MG. Throughout 2013, kids investigated different aspects of this ancient technical innovation, which now awaits the moment to become obsolete – or not.

    Among the 17 experiments, there are two by  Rafaela Hermenegilda. “When I started my work, my first thought was to find a subject or key object. Among many, I chose the tree, since it is a very important plant for the world and produces two essential things in my life: oxygen and the sheets that make up books “, says the girl, from the top of her 14 years of age. To build one of her proposals, Rafaela used the book literally as fertile ground. “The piece plays with role shifting, as the tree became the receiver of writing, and the book had to accommodate the tree”. A poetic metaphor of how knowledge and reading can make beautiful ideas blossom.

    Laboratório Inhotim - Obra em exposiçãoWhen planting the species in the book, Rafaela gave new meaning to literature and nature Photo: Rossana Magri
     

    In her series of photographs, the tree is the mainstay for storytelling. “People write in trees, recording special moments, hurting them with words that summarize important memories. I started to photograph all these writings I could find. Developed the idea that they are book-objects”. On her participation in the project, she summarizes: “It was very rewarding to learn a bit about art and, perhaps, even discover a profession”.

     

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    Dezembro, 05. 2013

    Inhotim press room


    music

    Leitura: 5 min

    Musical partnership

    Musical partnership

    Next Saturday (07), two young artists from Belo Horizonte, Alexander Andrés and Rafael Martini, will perform in the closing of the 2013 musical programming at Inhotim. Both artists have an intense musical production, acting as composers, musicians and performers. One after the other, they will perform on stage at Inhotim theater, at 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm. In the interview below, Andrés tells a little bit about his career, influences on his work and partnership with Martini, who he considers to be “a complete musician”.

    You began composing when you were only 15 years old. How has your career in music been since then?

    I grew up in a musical home. My mother is a pianist, a professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and my father is a flutist and also a professor at UFMG and a member of the Uakti group. Since I was a child, I had contact with good music from Minas Gerais as well as with classical music, played by my parents in a flute-piano duo, in which, by the way, they still play together nowadays. I studied music from an early age, and when I was 15 I became interested in composition. In 2008, at age 18, I recorded my first album, “Agualuz“, in partnership with poet Bernardo Maranhão.

    Do you consider yourself more of a singer or composer?

    I consider myself a musician, who appreciates the search as an interpreter, flutist, guitarist, singer, as much as the search as a composer.

    In a few moments of my life I see myself more as a composer, usually when I am experiencing the compositional process, creating arrangements and everything else. On the other hand, at other times I feel more like an interpreter, usually when I’m on tour, releasing an album, a new project. That is, in fact these two aspects are very strong in me, perhaps they have the same strength.

    How do your home state roots influence your work?

    The fact that Minas Gerais music is present in my work is inevitable. I’ve followed artists like the Uakti Group, Clube da Esquina, among others, ever since I was little. I got a lot of musical baggage by listening to good music from Minas Gerais. So naturally, there’s a lot of music from Minas in my work.

    What relationship do you establish with the work of musician Rafael Martini, who will perform the same day you will at Inhotim?

    Rafael is a complete musician, a pianist and one of the leading composers and arrangers in Minas Gerais, representing the new generation of musicians. I met Rafael in 2008 and, at that time, his work with the “Quebra Pedra” group started to influence me a lot in terms of music. Today I consider him one of my best friends and one of my greatest musical partners. We have been playing together since 2010, when he invited me to perform with “Quebra Pedra”. Since then, we have played together quite often. In his album  “Motivos”, I participated in the recording and all the release shows and he took part in the recording and release shows of my “Macaxeira Fields” album. This is the second time this year we will be together on stage, performing both shows. We did this in July during the São João Del Rei Winter Festival. It will be very nice to make these two beautiful concerts in a space as special as Inhotim.

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    Dezembro, 04. 2013

    Inhotim press room


    arttechnology

    Leitura: 3 min

    Sharing Art

    Sharing Art

    Inhotim has just joined Google Art Project’s online collection. From now on, people all over the world can walk through the Institute’s gardens and visit the galleries and outdoor artworks. Although nothing replaces an on-site visit to the park, surfing through the collection, wandering around different routes with Google Street View, exploring over 90 works created by names such as Miguel Rio BrancoTunga and Carlos Garaicoa is undoubtedly stimulating. In addition, it is an important step towards democratizing access to art.

    Besides high resolution images and texts about the works, the virtual tour holds a surprise for users. The work Celacanto Provoca Maremoto, by Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão, can be explored in details never seen before, since the image is available in gigapixel format, that is, one billion pixels. And it gets more beautiful every time you zoom in. 

      

    Google Art Project Inhotim

    Celacanto Provoca Maremoto, by Adriana Varejão, is available in gigapixel format.  

    Overall, Google Art Project provides works from 315 cultural institutions from various countries around the world, eight of which are from Brazil. The collection numbers more than 6 million online items. Don’t waste any more time: visit Google Cultural Institute’s website and explore the project. Take the opportunity to choose the route of your next visit to Inhotim. 

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    Dezembro, 03. 2013

    Inhotim press room


    communityhistory

    Leitura: 5 min

    Simplicity and history

    Simplicity and history

    Here, the day-to-day life is as calm as it is quiet. Very simple houses, scattered throughout the rugged terrain of the region. A low wheezing song, coming from an old radio placed close to the window is one of the only sounds that lull the afternoon. Shy people live there. Their gaze mixes fatigue and hope. Sometimes, they get watering eyes from remembering their childhood or a distant relative. This is the scenario at Marinhos and Sapé, two of the six former-slave communities (quilombola) scattered around Brumadinho (MG), settlements founded by fugitive slaves who worked in the region. Marinhos has about 200 inhabitants. Sapé, slightly smaller, has approximately 50 homes. Both, however, carry with them a past of resistance and good stories.

    Most residents, especially the elderly, can be considered a living portrait of a people struggling through work. Located in a region that used to house farms, many have learned to wake up in the morning and follow their parents in farm work. This is the case of housewife Maria Perpétua Socorro, 65 years old, born and raised in Sapé. “When we were kids, we worked from sunrise to sunset in the fields. My parents took my siblings and me to help them every single day. That’s how we were brought up”, she says.

      Dona Perpétua foto Rossana MagriWhen she was younger Perpétua used to help in the kitchen during typical celebrations. Photo: Rossana Magri

    The passing of the years has changed reality a bit. Currently, with the new rural practices, we found only small household gardens in residents’ backyards. “Today, thank God, that past no longer exists. I say so because we suffered a lot”, says Perpétua. The desires and goals of those who live in the villages have also changed. In the past, the path of a young person was almost invariably to marry someone and stay in the region, whereas today’s youngsters are increasingly coming to larger centers. “There aren´t many job opportunities here, means to study more, so they end up leaving when they grow up,” reveals Antônio das Graças Silva, Perpétua’s husband, who has two children.

    But despite the new reality, some practices and old values ??are still passed on from parents to children in the quilombola communities around Brumadinho. The traditional festivals and religious cults withstand time and are the state’s true cultural heritage. The Guardas de Congo e Moçambique – cultural and religious expressions of African influence organized by the people – take the streets several times a year, bringing colors and sounds that preserve local beliefs. Whether playing an instrument, carrying the crown or even helping in the kitchen, it is important not to let traditions die.

    Cortejo Congo Moc?ambique foto Rossana MagriThe Guardas de Congo e Moçambique mixtures pass, present and future. Photo: Rossana Magri

    Since childhood, teacher Nair Fatima Santana, a resident of Marinhos, participates in the parties and points out that they are the key to keep the memory and origins of the region. “The celebrations show a bit of what we were and what we are”, she explains. According to her, until recently the term “quilombola” used to bother them. “I did not like being recognized as a quilombola, because I thought it referred to someone who had suffered, who had no life perspective. But with time, I realized that I was just denying my own existence. Today I see that being a quilombola means being part of a people which has a meaningful story. During our celebrations is the very moment we are blessed. We try to teach part of that history to our children here at school”, she proudly concludes.

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