Maria Thereza Alves

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Um Vazio Pleno / A Full Void


Um Vazio Pleno / A Full Void, 2017

Site specific installation, mixed media (ceramic urns, pots and shards of various sizes, 1 poster, 20 photographs, various videos
(Exhibited throughout the city of Sorocaba and at SESC Sorocaba)

Um Vazio Pleno / A Full Void was shown and developed for Frestas Trienal 2017 in Sorocaba (SP) 2017, curated by Daniela Labra.

The project consists of many and manifolded collaborations - all names and detailed informations are listed below.

Sorocaba has relegated the long-term presence of indigenous peoples in the history of the city to a few pots, funerary urns and ceramic shards of some distant past - the only remains of much that was destroyed as a result of the invasion. Maximino Rodrigues, Guarani, a teacher and leader from the Jaguapirú Aldeia in Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul, produced the ceramic works inspired by those few ceramics archived in Sorocaba. These ceramics made by Mr. Rodrigues were then placed, semi-buried, in public places throughout the city.

The work is an attempt to question the denial of the indigenous presence in the history of the making of Sorocaba which states that one man founded the city. The people who made Sorocaba, the people who provided the labor for the foundation and making of Sorocaba at the “founding” of the city were four hundred indigenous peoples who had been made into slaves and forced to construct Sorocaba and yet they are not recognized and no monument is made to them for their enforced labor.

A three day workshop with indigenous students in the bachelor program of UFSCar was also part of the work process. The participants in the workshop interviewed their non-indigenous colleagues on campus about issues which are important to indigenous students at UFSCar. Their video-taped interviews are exhibited in the installation Um Vazio Pleno in SESC along with images, at the request of the communities, of the process of the making of the ceramic objects by Maximino Rodrigues as well as images of the ceramic workshop he conducted at Kallipety Aldeia in São Paulo at the invitation of Giselda Pires de Lima.

→ Ceramics made by Maximino Rodrigues and Michely Aquino Vargas, Aldeia Jaguapirú, Mato Grosso do Sul

→ Ceramic workshop organized and hosted by Giselda Pires de Lima, Aldeia Tekoa Kalipety, São Paulo

→ Guided walks through Sorocaba and speakers at SESC symposium on August 2017: Poty Poran Turiba Carlos, Aldeia Tekoa Tenode Porã and Eunice Augusto Martim, Aldeia Tekoa Yyty, São Paulo and Erik Petschelies

→ Poster with installation sites of the ceramics in Sorocaba designed by Valeria Hasse, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

→ The video investigations by indigenous students of non-indigenous perceptions of indigenous peoples at UFSCAR campus in Sorocaba were directed and filmed by:

Alberto Cruz
Jeika Kalapalo
Jheniffer B. Oliveira Pégo
Kelly Horlandia Bernardo Caetano
Laerte Rupré Tsimbarana’õ
Lucas Pinto Quirino
Lucilma Iukunai Spinelli
Nailson Marques Tomaz
Rayana da S. Freire
Rosângela Batalha Braga
Samuel Afonso
Solange T. Paique

(technical support and portuguese subtitles of the videos by Bruno Vieira Lottelli)

→ watch all Video investigations of the Students

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