MIS exhibits “Space Beyond – Marina Abramović and Brazil”

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

In day 8/13/19 at 7pm, the MIS performs the Cinema and Psychoanalysis Cycle with screening of the documentary "Space Beyond – Marina Abramovic” and Brazil, by Marco Del Fiol and distributed by ELO Company. The program is a partnership with the Brazilian Society of Psychoanalysis of São Paulo and support from Folha de S.Paulo. The session, which has free admission and takes place in the MIS Auditorium (172 seats), will be followed by a debate with guest psychoanalyst João Frayze-Pereira and journalist Silas Martí. The director of Culture and Community at SBPSP, Luciana Saddi, will mediate the conversation.

Beyond Space – Marina Abramovic and Brazil (dir. Marco Del Fiol, 2015, Brazil, 86', documentary, digital)

In search of personal healing and artistic inspiration, Marina Abramović travels through Brazil experiencing sacred rituals and pushing the boundaries between art and spirituality. How far would she go to compose new works of art? The film makes an ethnographic record while observing Marina's processes of artistic and human appropriation. She comes into contact with the rituals of Vale do Amanhecer, shamanism in Chapada Diamantina, candomblé in Bahia and crystals in Minas Gerais.

World-renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic travels in search of spiritual healing through mystical places and religious communities in Brazil. The most varied forms of belief and expressions of the country's unofficial religiosity are at the center of the film. Faith gains contours, rituals and words. There are masters and guides. Popular knowledge emerges in precarious or doubtful conditions, it is situated between abandonment and helplessness, but it offers the most varied remedies for suffering. Religious communities put down roots in faraway places. Its practices are odd to modernity.

The artist wants to recover, heal from psychic pain after the end of a very significant love relationship. She surrenders to healers. Pain, loss and faith intertwine in unconventional religious practices. The practice of performance itself, Abromovic's art, resembles the rituals exposed by the film in aiming at transcendence and communion between the artist and the work.

“Moments of crisis are important for psychoanalysis. These are opportunities for transformation and self-knowledge. Anguish and suffering, despite being disturbing, bring revelations. It moves.”, explains Luciana Saddi. “Psychoanalysis in its condition of knowledge, treatment and investigation method combines art and pain, suffering and religion, faith and need, illusion and reality”, he completes.

Do religious rituals and beliefs buffer or shape despair? Does artistic performance aim to rescue the deep unconscious and is it related to the sacred that accompanies every human culture since primordial times? Or are spiritualized rituals social manifestations that aim to take advantage of the fragility and ignorance of the afflicted? And do artistic expressions sublimate pain by rescuing human truths or do they take advantage of them? These and other questions will be at the heart of the debate.

About the guests

João Frayze-Pereira is a psychoanalyst and professor. Graduation, Masters, Doctorate and Habilitation at the Institute of Psychology at USP. Postdoc in Aesthetics at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Professor at the Institute of Psychology and the Interunit Graduate Program in Aesthetics and Art History at USP. Effective member and training analyst of the Brazilian Society of Psychoanalysis of São Paulo (SBPSP) and the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). Member of the Euro-Latin American Psychosomatics School (EULAPS), based in Moscow, Russia, where he is a supervisor and professor. Member of the Brazilian Association of Art Critics (ABCA) and the Association Internationale des Critiques d'Art (AICA). He is the author of books and articles related to the following fields: Art and Psychoanalysis; Aesthetics and Psychoanalytic Clinic; Body, Art and Pain; Madness and Culture; Criticism of objectivist and subjectivist postures in Psychology and Psychoanalysis; Art Criticism, Psychoanalysis and Aesthetics of Reception.

Silas Martí he is editor of Ilustrada, the culture section of Folha de S.Paulo. He was a correspondent for the newspaper in New York, a reporter for Ilustrada and a trainee. Journalist from USP and specialist in curating and art criticism from PUC-SP, he also holds a master's degree in architecture and urbanism from USP. He studied art history at the Università degli Studi di Genova, in Italy, and specialized in covering the contemporary art market at Sotheby's Institute of Art, in New York. In 2015, he won the Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan, for which he researched in Detroit the context of urban failure that devastated the former capital of the automobile. He received the Antônio Bento award from the Brazilian Association of Art Critics for disseminating visual arts in the media.

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