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In conversation with artists Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca

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Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, Fala da Terra [Voice of the Land], 2022. 2K HD video, color, 5.1 sound; 20 min. Courtesy the artists and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, S.o Paulo/Rio de Janeiro

Artists Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca produce films and video installations that typically feature non-actor protagonists and explore forms of self-representation through voice, movement, and drama. In conjunction with the opening of “Five Times Brazil,” join the artists and exhibition co-curators, Margot Norton, Allen and Lola Goldring Curator, and Bernardo Mosqueira, ISLAA Curatorial Fellow, for a discussion of the artists’ practice and works.

About the Speakers

Bárbara Wagner (b. 1980, Brasília, Brazil) and Benjamin de Burca (b. 1975, Munich, Germany) are film and video installation artists who live and work between Recife, Brazil, and Berlin, Germany. They have had recent solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2022); Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway (2021); Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (2021); Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin (2020); Brazilian Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale (2019); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2019); Pérez Art Museum Miami (2019); and Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2019). Their work has been featured in recent group shows including Manifesta 13, Marseille, France (2020); Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2019); Solar dos Abacaxis, Rio de Janeiro (2019); Toronto Biennial of Art (2019); Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro (2018); Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, OH (2018); and Museu do Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro (2018; 2014). They have also been included in the Berlin International Film Festival (2019; 2018; 2017); Locarno International Film Festival (2019); and Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival (2017).

Bernardo Mosqueira (b. 1988, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is the ISLAA Curatorial Fellow at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Since 2010, Mosqueira has been a curator, editor, teacher, and contributor to art publications. He is also the founder and artistic director of Solar dos Abacaxis, an institute for experimentation in art, education, and social transformation in Rio de Janeiro, and since 2011 he has directed Premio FOCO ArtRio, a national award for emerging artists. Mosqueira previously organized the performance festival Venus Terra and was a curator of Galeria de Arte Ibeu. He was awarded the Premio Lorenzo Bonaldi in 2017 and co-founded Fundo Colaborativo, the first emergency fund for artists and art workers in Brazil, in 2020. His recent exhibitions include “Daniel Lie: Unnamed Entities,” New Museum, New York, 2022; “Screens Series: Aline Motta,” New Museum, New York, 2021; “Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro: Eclipse,” Hessel Museum, New York, 2021; “Miriam Inez da Silva,” Museu da República, Brasília, 2021; “Para Habitar Liberdades,” with Keyna Eleison, Solar dos Abacaxis, Rio de Janiero, 2019; “Enchanted Bodies / Fetish for Freedom” Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, 2018; “what comes with the dawn,” Casa Triângulo, São Paulo, 2016; “objects in mirror are closer than they appear,” Rossiya Theater, Moscow, 2015; and “Encruzilhada,” EAV Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, 2015. Mosqueira holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard (CCS Bard).

Margot Norton is the Allen and Lola Goldring Curator at the New Museum. Norton joined the New Museum in 2011 and has curated exhibitions with Carmen Argote, Judith Bernstein, Diedrick Brackens, Pia Camil, Sarah Charlesworth, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ragnar Kjartansson, Sarah Lucas, Chris Ofili, Goshka Macuga, Nathaniel Mellors, Laure Prouvost, Pipilotti Rist, Mika Rottenberg, and Kaari Upson among others. Norton recently organized the 2021 New Museum Triennial “Soft Water Hard Stone,” co-curated with Jamillah James. Before joining the New Museum, Norton was a curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. She has contributed to and edited numerous publications and exhibition catalogues, and regularly lectures on contemporary art and curating. She holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University, New York.


Generous ongoing support is provided by the Charlotte and Bill Ford Artist Talks Fund.

Support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

We gratefully acknowledge the Bowery Council of the New Museum for its support of Education and Public Engagement Programs.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Support of artist participation is provided by Laura Skoler.

Additional support for education and community programs is provided by the American Chai Trust.

A full list of support for “Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca: Five Times Brazil” can be viewed here.

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