This exhibition presents a panorama of the photography of civil wars and other armed conflicts involving the Brazilian State, between the Proclamation of the Republic and the 1964 coup. Curated by IMS visual arts coordinator Heloisa Espada, the exhibition rounds up 338 images belonging to 30 private and public collections from all over the country, as well as photographs from the IMS collection.
Conflitos contradicts the image of Brazil as a pacific country and offers a retrospective outlook on the history of the country, bringing up fundamental points for understanding the present political crisis. Some of the episodes covered are the Federalist Revolution (1893-1894), the Navy Revolt (1894-1895), the Canudos War (1896-1897), the Contestado War (1912-1916), the Coluna Miguel Costa-Prestes (1924-1927), the 1930 Revolution, people’s uprising at the occasion of Getúlio Vargas’s suicide as well as violent episodes that took place during the early days of the 1964 coup. The exhibition touches on the role of photographic images during those conflicts, their political use and means of circulation, presenting a wide-ranging historical panorama of the development of Brazilian documental photography at that time.
Cohesive photography sets were rounded up, featuring staples in the history of Brazilian photography such as Juan Gutierrez and Flávio de Barros, works by not so famous authors such as Claro Jansson, and images by a great number of anonymous authors, amateurs and professionals. The exhibition features albumin paper copies, which were common in the 19 th Century, projected images, glass-printed photos, stereoscopes, postcards, newsreels, gelatin silver prints that belonged to newspaper archives and documentaries by the National Agency originally captured in 16mm. The result is a heterogeneous panorama of the photographic practices in the country.
Conflitos: fotografia e violência política no Brasil 1889-1964 involved extensive research work, consulting with political scientist Angela Alonso, historians Heloisa Starling, Angela Castro Gomes and researcher Vladimir Saccheta. The eponymous exhibition catalog will be released in December 2017, organized by Heloísa Espada and Angela Alonso.
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, 11 am. – 8 pm.
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Institut Moreira Salles
Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 476 Gávea, Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brazil
November 25, 2017 to February 25, 2018