Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 7 pm
A Tropical Conversation

Artist talk with María Inés Rodríguez (Curator, publisher Tropical Papers [www.tropicalpapers.org], Mexico-City / Berlin) and Carla Zaccagnini (Artist, São Paulo / Berlin)
In Spanish language with consecutive translation into German by Konstanze Schmitt


Brazil. A Country of the Future, in 1941, was the title of Austrian author Stefan Zweig’s eulogy on the country, in which he dreamed himself away from the horrors of the World War II in Europe. In 1942, Walt Disney released the animation film Saludos Amigos about Latin America. The Brazilian part is entitled Aquarela do Brasil (Welcome to Brazil): set to the same-titled song by Ary Barroso, the film begins with a brush that, in bright colors, paints an exotic jungle scenery. Until today, this myth of the harmonious community and the breathtaking natural beauty lingers on and determines the self-image and public image of the country.
Based on the social images of this myth and the resulting tropical clichés, the artist Carla Zaccagnini presents her work on the cultural degradation (collages), in conversation with the curator María Inéz Rodríguez. In her blog
Tropical papers, she invites artists and scientists in three sections to publish their critical research on Tropicalismo (Tropicália).

The artist Carla Zaccagnini (b. 1973 in Buenos Aires, living in São Paulo / Berlin), in her site-specific projects, works with various media. In her most recent work, she focuses in particular on the language and the cultural context of the environment of her creative practice. Currently she lives as artist in residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Lately her work has been shown, among others, at: Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquena (2012); Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporaneo, Buenos Aires (2011); ZONA Maco, Mexico City (2011); Museu do Chiado, Lisbon (2011); MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporâneo de Castilla y León (2010); ARCO Madrid (2010); Lower Manhattan Cultural Council — Lent Space New York (2010); Art Gallery of York University, Toronto (2008); MAMAM Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães, Recife (2008), Ersta Konsthall, Stockhom (2007).

The curator and art critic María Inés Rodríguez (b. 1968 in Colombia, living in Mexico City / Berlin) studied art in Bogotá and Geneva. As an independent curator, she worked on a variety of exhibitions and research projects in Latin America and Europe. From 2008 to 2009, she curated the Satellite Program at Jeu de Paume in Paris, most recently she worked as chief curator at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo - UNAM in Mexico City (2011-2013), and at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León in Spain (2009-2011). For 2014, she is appointed to direct the CAPC - Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux. In addition to her curatorial practice, María Inés Rodríguez has worked as an editor for several art newspapers and magazines, including the French art magazine Point d’Ironie as well as Instant City, Bogotham City and Sueño de Casa Propia. In 2005, she launched the Tropical Paper Editions in order to promote and further develop artist editions, today the Tropical Papers also exist as an online platform.