Frequently Asked at The Inhotim Institue, Brazil. Artist Ofri Cnaani.

Frequently Asked at The Inhotim Institue, Brazil. Artist Ofri Cnaani.


Searchable captions powered by cielo24™. I was invited to Inhotim Institute in Brazil, which is a big collection institution in Minas Gerais, two hours from Belo Horizonte. Very famous, it’s a very famous botanical
collection as well as contemporary art collection. And when I first visited there, I thought this is also a very, there is another collection here which is a collection of people about 1,000 people working there. And I was interested again in a group that is part of the institutional knowledge but also excluded from it. And I chose to work with the gardeners. The gardeners worked there for 10 years of the institutions life. They are expert on many different technique and kind of more pretty industrial technique of gardening. But at the same time many of them never walk into the galleries. And about 40% of them are illiterate. But the knowledge they had and the knowledge from social knowledge. Some of them were like family members,
and the historical knowledge about what was in this area before Inhotim, and of course the knowledge about their botanical collection was just outrageous. And I invited gardeners and other staff employees, maintenance employees, to do the same, similar ideas. So we walked in Inhotim, collected the questions and the answers, and then they had, you know, the chance to view the performance and I remember one guest came to me and said like you know I am here today with guests. I’ve been here quite a few times before and this is such a gift because I would never visit Inhotim. You know from the perspective of someone like this gardener and I say you know it was also such you gave him such a great gift because he was never you know, I never heard this guy’s Sergio saying more than two word sentence before. And the fact that he was empowered, sometimes almost forced, but he was there and interested to lead the tour, to mediate, to invite you to see this institution through his eyes was a great gift for
him as well.>>So what do you think is needed for social change, just in general?>>There are two elements. First, again, if you look at the museum as site or as arena to be acted. Sometimes museums are obviously heavy institutions. If they want even to introduce a new app,
right, instead of the audio guide, they would. You know how it is. Hire a company, conduct research, spend two years in development and sometimes I kind of look at this like
where are the artists in this story and I feel like artists can be agent of change. Also in big institutions,
maybe it won’t be like the app that cover the entire collection. Maybe it will be a two weeks performance or like a much simpler app on that work on a very specific segment of the collection. But if you work with artists, you can have ten different views. Ten different art and the idea that is maybe more ad hoc or more guerilla or very have a very specific lengths. It’s not showing everything when it tells the story from but then you have ten different stories and
different perspective and different lenses. And I think this potential of artist act, again, permitted or unpermitted. But act in the museum as not only as maker of more objects. But as interpreters as the one who recontextualize, as the one who connects between the eye of the audience and the object is the expert, super expert, alter expert, under expert, expert. Is such a strong tool to activate the system and from social to historical and even political meanings of it. Searchable captions powered by cielo24™.

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