Tereza de Arruda is an art historian working as independent curator. She was born in São Paulo and studied art history in Berlin where she lives since 1989. Co-curator and adviser of the Havanna Biennial since 1997 and of the Curitiba International Biennial since 2009. Curated solo exhibitions (selection) of Luzia Simons (MOCA Sanya), Katharina Sieverding (Fototeca de Cuba), Wang Qingsong (Køs Museum for art and public space/Copenhagen), Leonardo Kossoy (Museu Oscar Niemeyer/Curitiba), Sigmar Polke (MASP-SP and me collectors Room/Berlin), Chiharu Shiota (CCBB/São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro e Brasilia), Ilya and Emilia Kabakov (Kunsthalle Rostock).
'In the past years I conceived exhibitions, artists' internships, theoretical panels and workshops due to the collaboration of a relevant number of partners - artists, institutions, art academies, private collectors, galleries, press and sponsors.The created dynamic stimulated the intensification of an international network, which has been recomposed in different contexts depending on the specifications imposed by the concept, frame and interest. The result is a real patch-work of possibilities, diversity and challenges converted into an intensive and prosperous program.
In the context of photography my focus is also on the diversity of the medium specially the possibilities of creating a new narrative making use not only of the technology itself but also of the creative tools, which the artists use in order to develop a new narrative. This is not only attached to the representation of the reality, but also supported by the idea and idealization converted into a subjective oeuvre. Collage, assemblage, juxtaposition and exploration of images are photographic practices, which called my attention and guided me to the selection of the works presented in the portfolios of the DFA. This task put me in the role of the flaneur, which was a delight during the current Lockdown.'
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