TALK with Agustín Pérez Rubio

A presentation by curator Agustín Pérez Rubio on the work of artist Claudia Andujar, Swiss-born Brazilian photographer and activist who dedicated much of her life to the Indian tribes in the Brazilian Amazon Forest. Organized in conjunction to An exhibition with art installations by Susana Mejía, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Anicka Yi.

Born in 1931 in Switzerland, Andujar has been living and working in Brazil since 1954. She began working as a photojournalist, and documenting everyday life of communities native to the Amazon, including the Carajá. In the 1970s, she began documenting the life of the Yanomami communities, and especially recording the effects of mining in Amazonia, including deforestation and social displacement. Andujar has steadily worked in that region.

The photography of Claudia Andujar has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions in museums and events internationally, such as at the Fondation Cartier in Paris, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, and the Istanbul Biennial. It is also in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the George Eastman House in Rochester, among other institutions. Throughout the years, her photographs have been published in various magazines, like Aperture, Life, and Setenta. INHOTIM in Brazil has a dedicated pavilion to her work.

Agustín Pérez Rubio was Artistic Director of MALBA, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) in Argentina, from 2014 and until recently, where he organized a major exhibition of Claudia Andujar, among several other projects. Before, from 2002 to 2013, he was Director and Chief Curator of Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC) in Spain, where be built an important collection of contemporary art and where he organized monographic exhibitions of, among others, Lara Almarcegui, Elmgreen and Dragset, Pierre Huyghe, Julie Mehretu, and Sejima + Nishizawa / SANAA.


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