Thursday 06/30/22 6:30PM
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Conversations · Exhibition-Related

In conversation with artists Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca

Cover Image:

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Swinguerra, 2019 (still). 2K HD video, color, 5.1 sound; 21:00 min. © Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca. Courtesy Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São 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.


This program will be presented onsite in the New Museum theater. All attendees are required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Guest speakers may be un-masked and will be socially distanced from the audience while speaking onstage. Review the New Museum’s COVID guidelines in advance of your visit.

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 is a curator, writer, and researcher based in New York. He is the ISLAA Curatorial Fellow at the New Museum, New York, and artistic director of Solar dos Abacaxis, Rio de Janeiro.

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.

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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