In collaboration with Espace Frans Krajcberg, AWARE invites Kássia Borges for a research residency, to reflect on the place of indigenous women, artists, and activists, in today’s Brazil. During the round table discussion on December 19, Kassia Borges will present a selection of works by Brazilian indigenous women artists, each dealing in her way with the feminine, and will then open a dialogue with artists and activists Yuuwey and Keywa Henri, from French Guiana.
Kássia Borges is a visual artist, researcher, educator, curator at MASP (São Paulo), and indigenous activist. Drawing on her knowledge of the traditional pottery from the Karajá community to which she belongs, she mainly uses clay for her contemporary creations. Her research focuses on origins, womenhood, and genealogy. She is also a member of the MAHKU collective (Mouvement Artistique Huni Kuin), a collective whose practice translates into painting the traditional Huni Kuin songs born of visions provoked during the spiritual ceremonies of Nixi Pae (ayahuasca).
Yuuwey Henri is a French-Brazilian thinker, poet, writer, and member of the Kali’na Tilewuyu nation of “Guvane Française”, born in Kourou. Inspired by the visionary, militant, and historic mission led by her father Paul Henri for the indigenous cause in “Guvane Française” in the 80s, Yuuwey works to fortify the preservation of Kalin’a culture and consolidate the indigenous presence in today’s society.
Keywa Henri is the first Kali’na Tilewuyu artist to graduate from the Beaux-Arts de Lyon, in 2022, a Franco-Brazilian born in Kourou. Her practice invests in the field of animation while elaborating a way of thinking around the existences and stories of the Original Peoples of Abya Yala (“The Americas”). Keywa understands animation as a language of transformation, leading her to develop protean projects, drawing on materials that engage in dialogue with her own preoccupations. Drawing on her life experience, she constructs an aesthetic, identity, social and political reflection, with an indigenous and decolonial perspective, working towards indigenous empowerment.
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