On the 13th, 14th and 15th of August, IMS Paulista will hold the seminar Modern photography? Fragments of a history (Brazil, 1900-1960). The event, which is sold out, will have the participation of national and international researchers, such as Sarah Meister, curator of the photography department at MoMA, Esther Gabara, professor at Duke University, in the United States, and Annateresa Fabris, professor retired from ECA USP, among other guests. The seminar will take place at the IMS Paulista cinema.
Based on innovative approaches, researchers will discuss different aspects of photographic production in the first half of the 20th century, especially the relationship between photography and modernity in Brazil at the time. The event is organized by Heloisa Espada, curator at IMS, and Helouise Costa, professor at MAC-USP. Discussions addressed during the seminar will be compiled in a publication, scheduled for release in 2021.
The seminar will begin on August 13 (Tuesday), at 2 pm, with a presentation by the organizers. At 2:30 pm, Maurício Lissovsky, postgraduate professor in communication at UFRJ, will talk about the book Obra Getuliana, a publication idealized by the government of Getúlio Vargas, but which ended up remaining unpublished with the end of the Estado Novo, in 1946.
Next, Danielle Stewart, PhD in art history from the City University of New York, will talk about a book of photos of the city of São Paulo, conceived by photographer Alice Brill and never published. The images portrayed the black and working-class population of the metropolis, in contrast to the official image of the city.
On that same day, Eduardo Augusto Costa, doctor in history from Unicamp, will address the role of photography in promoting Brazilian modern architecture in the 1940s and 1950s. Brazil. Sarah Meister will address the incorporation of Brazilian photography into the MoMA collection, from the 1940s to the present.
On August 14th (Wednesday), the activities begin at 2:30 pm, with a speech by Tadeu Chiarelli on the presence of photography in the daily life of bourgeois Brazilian families in the early 20th century. In the same session, Adriana Martins Pereira, PhD in social history from USP, will discuss the popularization of Kodak cameras during the first half of the 20th century in Rio de Janeiro.
Next, Iara Schiavinatto, professor at Unicamp's Institute of Arts, will comment on the work of photographer Valério Vieira, based on the sociability networks he established in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, where he traveled among the literate elite, artists and politicians. Researcher Fábio D'Almeida, postdoctoral fellow at FAU-USP, will discuss the beginning of pictorialism in Brazil, placing it at the end of the 19th century. Alise Tifentale, doctoral student in art history at the City University of New York, will talk about the Brazilian presence at the International Federation of Photographic Art (Fiap) between 1950 and 1965.
On August 15th (Thursday), the program starts at 2:30 pm, with the presentation of Annateresa Fabris. It will analyze the photomontages and decoupages of the poet Jorge de Lima and the critical reception of his production. At the same table, Heloisa Espada will talk about the photography of the film Limite (1931), by Mário Peixoto, taken by Edgar Brazil.
In the following session, Luciana Martins, professor at Birkbeck, University of London, will discuss the visual archive of the couple Claude Lévi-Strauss and Dina Dreyfus, produced in expeditions in Brazil. The researcher will emphasize the importance of the role played by Dreyfus in the production of images during Lévi-Strauss' field work.
Thiago Gil, PhD in art history from USP, will debate the reflections of the modernist Oswald de Andrade on photography. The seminar will close with a presentation by Esther Gabara, associate professor at Duke University. It will examine the photographs produced by Mário de Andrade and his texts on the subject.
Seminar: Modern photography? Fragments of a story (Brazil, 1900-1960)
Dates: August 13th, 14th and 15th
IMS Paulista: Avenida Paulista, 2424 – Cineteatro do IMS Paulista.