2 day talks programme to launch Camden Sentido

The Borough of Camden presents a 2-day programme focusing on contemporary Brazilian art. Bringing together a group of artists who have been consistently working internationally in the past decade, as well as specialists who work across the fields of collecting, curating, publishing, research and institutional, the event will offer an overview of Brazilian art’s trajectory and current position in the increasingly global art world.


Artwork by Alexandre da Cunha
(c) Alexandre da Cunha

DAY 1 – Thursday 9 June 2016
Chair: Kiki Mazzucchelli
Speakers: Alexandre da Cunha, Matheus Rocha Pitta, Carla Zaccagnini (artists)

13.00 Arrive, tea / coffee
13.30 Introduction to Camden Sentido
13.45 Alexandre da Cunha
14.00 Carla Zaccagnini
14.15 Walking tour with Flora Parrott and Gustavo Ferro
14.45 Tea / Coffee
15.10 Matheus Rocha Pitta
15.30 Round Table discussion / questions
16.00 Finish.


Kiki Mazzucchelli
Kiki Mazzucchelli is an independent curator, editor and writer working between London and São Paulo. Among her latest exhibition projects are Tonico Lemos Auad’s solo exhibition at Pivô (São Paulo) and Pia Camil, Pablo Helguera and Pedro Reyes at MIMA (Middlesbrough), co-curated with Alix Collingwood-Swinburn. She is currently a member of the curatorial team for Sitelines, Site Santa Fe Biennial (2016), New Mexico.

Alexandre da Cunha (Born Rio de Janeiro, 1969. Lives and works in London)
Alexandre da Cunha is not the typical maker, despite the fact he operates within a sculptural field of overtly modernist tendencies. The artist intervenes into the everyday, displacing specific objects and entering them into an exhibitory realm, reorienting them as artworks. The nature of this appropriative act creates a space in which objects oscillate between strange tensions, bringing the paradoxes of contemporary art into plain sight. In da Cunha’s exploratory practice, a traditional method of figurative sculpture making is confused with found objects. Recent projects include a major public commission at the MCA Chicago (2015-16) and the participation in the British Art Show 8 (Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich, Southampton, 2015-16).

Carla Zaccagnini (Born Buenos Aires, 1973. Lives and works in Malmo)
Carla Zaccagnini’s practice revolves around the aesthetic politics of knowledge and the visual elements associated with them. Her works are complex, though made with a certain simplicity of means; they are filled with tension, and their rich conceptual texture is often opaque. Working in widely different media and often utilizing documentary formats rooted in site-specific art and institutional critique, but always side-stepping the normative riles of “genre”, she examines the epistemological hierarchies and ideological underpinnings of knowledge in a broad context of cultural geopolitics and the art system. (text by Natasa Ilic) Recent exhibitions include the survey Carla Zaccagnini and Runo Lagomarsino  at the Malmo Konsthall (2015) and Elements of Beauty (Firstsite, Colchester, 2015 and MASP, São Paulo, 2015-16).

Matheus Rocha Pitta (Born Tiradentes, 1980. Lives and works in Berlin)
Over a short period of time and through a number of different projects, Matheus Rocha Pitta established interests and strategies which allow us to identify – in a work that grows in density with each new creation - the critical enunciation on the exchange mechanisms that rule ordinary life. The artist is driven, in particular, by the wish to explore and exhibit the commodity – anything produced by human labour and towards which there is an unswerving desire to possess – as an indication of the paradoxes that such interchanges contain or engender.  Recent exhibitions include the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010) and the  9th Taipei Biennial (2014).

Artwork by Matheus Rocha Pitta
(c)  Matheus Rocha Pitta

DAY 2 – Friday 10 June 2016
Chair: Kiki Mazzucchelli
Speakers: Alessio Antoniolli (Director, Gasworks) / Catherine Petitgas (collector, editor and patron) / Isobel Whitelegg (curator, editor)

13.00 Arrive, tea / coffee
13.30 Introduction to Camden Sentido
13.45 Isobel Whitelegg
14.00 Alessio Antoniolli
14.15 Pipa Prize screening
14.45 Tea / Coffee
15.10 Catherine Petitgas
15.30 Round Table discussion / questions
16.00 Finish.


Alessio Antoniolli
Alessio Antoniolli received his MA in Art History from Birkbeck College, University of London in 1998, specialising in issues of internationalism, diversity and cultural policies in the visual arts in the UK. He is currently the Director of Gasworks in London, where he leads the artistic direction of the organisation; and Triangle Arts Trust, where he is focusing on creating and supporting the development of artists' projects in Africa, South America, South Asia and the Middle East.

Catherine Petitgas
Catherine Petitgas is a London-based collector, patron and art historian. She collects modern and contemporary art, mostly from Latin America. She holds a Masters in the History of Modern Art from the Courtauld Institute, London. She is a Trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery, of Gasworks/Triangle Network and chairs the Franco-British initiate Fluxus Art Projects. She is also a member of the Tate Latin American Acquisitions Committee, the Executive Committee of the Tate International Council, the Council of the Serpentine Gallery and the International Council of the Centre Pompidou. She was Executive Editor of 'Contemporary Art Brazil' (2012), 'Contemporary Art Mexico' (2014) both published by Thames and Hudson, and is  currently working on 'Contemporary Art Colombia'. She curated 'Everything you are I am not', a selection of Latin American contemporary art from the Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Miami, December 2015.

Isobel Whitelegg
Isobel Whitelegg is an art historian, curator and lecturer in Art Gallery & Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. She specialised in Latin American Art at the University of Essex and has published widely on the international reception of art from Latin America. Previously she occupied two positions that operated between academic and arts-institutional contexts: as LJMU Research Curator within the Tate Research Centre: Curatorial Practice & Museology (2014-15) and Head of Nottingham Contemporary’s Public Programme (2011-14), a leading platform for the public debate of ideas and practices relevant to contemporary art and its institutions. Prior to this she was Course Director, MA Curating, Chelsea College of Art & Design (2009-11) and a member of the TrAIN Research Centre, University of the Arts London (2008-11).