IMAGINE BRAZIL: The Rules of the Game

Free admission
Date and time
Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 7 PM

The Rules of the Game: A conversation about the exhibition IMAGINE BRAZIL

With: Sofia Borges (Artist, São Paulo), Gustavo Speridião (Artist, Rio de Janeiro), Gunnar B. Kvaran (Director of Astrup Fearnley Museet), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Co-Director of Serpentine Galleries).

Moderated by Cheryl Sim (Curator, DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art)

Seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

The conversation will be bilingual, in French and English, and live-streamed here on this page.

IMAGINE BRAZIL will be presented at DHC/ART from November 7, 2015 to March 13, 2016.


Sofia Borges, born 1984, is a visual artist who received her BA in Visual Arts from the Universidade de São Paulo in 2008. In that same year she received four art awards and a subvention for artistic research and production, granted by the State of Pernambuco, Brazil. From 2009 to 2011, Borges presented seven solo shows in Brazil, was selected to Rumos Itaú Cultural, highlighted by Bolsa Iberê Camargo, nominated for the Paul Huf Award, and won the Premio Porto Seguro de Fotografia award. She was also invited to the Photography Club of the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo. In 2012, Borges participated in the 30th São Paulo Biennial. In 2013, she was nominated for the BES Photo Award (Portugal), the Paul Huf Award, and was awarded the acquisition prize with the Programa de Fotografia do Centro Cultural São Paulo. Borges has presented solo shows in Mexico City, Madrid, Paris, Lisbon São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Denver, and Oslo. In 2014 the artist was again nominated for the Paul Huf Award, and presented works in London (UK), Los Angeles, Lyon, São Paulo, Doha, and Beijing. Borges lives between São Paulo and Paris. Recently, her investigative research has turned to pre-historical caves in the South of France.

Gustavo Speridião’s works are guided by the idea of “Kino-Glaz“, a concept developed by the Russian avant-garde. His actions are sustained by the idea that the artistic world should imitate the human eye. He uses this technique to explore daily life situations and works with different media but is most known for his paintings, photos and video. He engages with and criticizes Art History, traditional gestures in photography and the contemporary visual culture. Among his solo exhibitions are “Superficial Studies” at Galeria Mario Schemberg – FUNARTE Award in São Paulo, Brazil [2015]; “Geometrie – Montage – Equilibrage, Photos and Videos“, curated by Jean-Luc Monterosso and Guilherme Bueno at La Maison Europeene de La Photographie, Paris, France [2013]; “A photographic Journey“, curated by Beatriz Lemos at Galeria Kiosko, Santa Cruz de La Sierra, Bolivia [2009] and “Utopic Graphic: The Dream Circus” Galeria Fayga Ostrower, FUNARTE Award, Brasilia-DF, Brazil [2007]. He lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.

Gunnar B. Kvaran was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1955. He received a P.H.D. in Art History from l’Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France in 1986. Kvaran, was director of the Reykjavik Art Museum between 1989-1997, and from 1997 to 2001 was Director of the Bergen Art Museum, Norway. He has been Director of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway since 2001. Kvaran was Curator for the Lyon Biennale in 2013 and Co-curator for the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2007. Recently, he curated the exhibitions “EUROPE, EUROPE: the European emerging art scene part 1” (with Thomas Boutoux and Hans Ulrich Obrist); “Cindy Sherman: Untitled Horrors” (together with Daniel Birnbaum); “To be with Art is all we ask, In the Name of the Artists: American contemporary art from the Astrup Fearnley collection“; “Indian Highway” (co-curated together with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones); “Andy Warhol by Andy Warhol”, and “China Power Station” (co-curated together with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones).

Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968, Zurich, Switzerland) is Co-Director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show “World Soup” (The Kitchen Show) in 1991 he has curated more than 250 shows. In 2009 Obrist was made Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and in 2011 received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence. Obrist has lectured internationally at academic and art institutions, and is contributing editor to several magazines and journals. Obrist’s recent publications include Lives of Artists, Lives of Architects, Ways of Curating, A Brief History of Curating, Do It: The Compendium, and The Age of Earthquakes with Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar.

Jonathas de Andrade
40 nego bom é um real (40 black candies for R$ 1.00), detail, 2013
16 silkscreen prints on wood, 7 acrylic engraved boards, 40 riso prints on paper, 40 laser prints on paper
Variable Dimensions
Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo

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