Works and Their Changing Places: the Interpretation of artworks and their relations to space and time
Participants Lucy Steeds, Marina Folkidis and Ovul Durmusoglu, moderated by Moacir Dos Anjes
The first speaker is Lucy Steeds speaking on the subject “Biennial, Archive, Artwork: Reciprocal Articulations”:
This paper tracks a single work of art, Projeto terra by Juraci Dórea, through the archival traces of three successive biennials – São Paulo in 1987, Venice in 1988 and Havana in 1989. Drawing on the documentation amassed by Dórea himself, critical readings of each exhibition context are developed and breaks with the official record are examined. In particular, the São Paulo initiative is presented as the postmodern heir to the Venice Biennale’s aging modernism, postmodernism being identified here with a Brazilian concept of the baroque. In this context, Projeto terra is then considered as a productively disruptive force, and some discursive possibilities are explored. Are these possibilities then diminished or amplified in the Cuban Bienal of 1989? What becomes apparent through this geographical and historical parcours is not only in which ways the historiography of works and exhibitions (in this case, biennials) might be intertwined, but how a single work may, over time, either endorse or undo curatorial intentions as well.
(Projeto terra by Juraci Dórea)
Lucy Steeds (England) is a writer, teacher and editor specialized in the history and theory of exhibitions of contemporary art. She manages Afterall’s Exhibition Histories book series while co-leading the MRes Art: Exhibition Studies course at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Her recent publications include the edited anthology Exhibition, for the Documents of Contemporary Art series (Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press, 2014) and the lead essay in Making Art Global (Part 2): ‘Magiciens de la Terre’ 1989 (Afterall Books, 2013). Lucy previously worked in the exhibitions department at Arnolfini centre for contemporary art in Bristol and taught art history and theory at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford.