The Brazillian experience – Puzzling Morality and the effusive body (part 1)
By Cristiane Bouger
When asked about her perspective on performance, the independent curator Daniela Labra stated with simultaneous confidence and perplexity: â€œBrazilians are performative. We deal with the body in a libertarian way, but we are also impregnated with moralisms.â€ The paradox raised by Labra can be identified in almost every aspect of Brazilian culture and social behavior. Nevertheless, her statement also addresses a poignant criticism to the conservatism of art institutions.
Labra has been working as a researcher and curator of performance works since 2004. In 2011 she conceived the Festival Performance Arte Brasil at the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiroâ€“MAM RJ. The six-day festival received a grant from FUNARTE/MinC (The National Foundation for the Arts/Ministry of Culture) in the amount of approximately USD 125, 000. A curatorial team formed by professionals from different regions of the country composed the festival program, which presented the work of more than forty artists and art collectives.