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Voro’pi: An Encounter with Naine Terena, Gustavo Caboco, and Jamille Pinheiro Dias Panel

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1:00 pm | 2/17/2023 | 142 Dwinelle Hall | Until 3:30 pm | 2/17/2023

The Terena, an Indigenous people living in Brazil, teach us that Voro’pi is an entity that roams the cosmos through groundwater, safeguarding visible and invisible riverbeds. In response to improper human interference with the flow of water, Voro’pi can cause storms, floods, and other water-related events. Voro’pi seeks fairness. He empowers those who can appreciate the balance between worlds. Bearing the name of Voro’pi, this event will bring together Indigenous perspectives in transit to consider how aesthetics can help educate the senses to fight structural inequality, generate counter-histories, and make still water move.


Naine Terena lives and works in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, in the Center-West of Brazil. She is an Indigenous researcher, educator, artist and curator from the Terena people. She is currently a researcher at Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil, where she works on the project Decay Without Mourning – Future Thinking Heritage Practices,” funded by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. She also teaches Cultural Management at Instituto Itaú Cultural in São Paulo. She holds a PhD in Education from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), a MA from the University of Brasília (UnB), and a degree in Radio from the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT). In 2019, she participated in the Verbier Art Summit in Valais, Switzerland. She was the curator of “Véxoa: We know,” which opened in October, 2020, and was the first exhibition to be curated by an Indigenous person at Pinacoteca de São Paulo.
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Gustavo Caboco is one of the most prominent figures in contemporary art in Brazil. He is the son of Lucilene, a Wapichana woman who was separated from her people in the Canauanim community, in Cantá, in the state of Roraima, in the Brazilian Amazon, near the border with Guyana. Born and raised in Curitiba, in southern Brazil, where his mother settled after successive adoptions, Caboco gradually reframed his identity by learning from his family about his ancestry. His investigation centers around what he refers to as a “return to the land” and translates into drawings, paintings, embroidery, animation, and performance. Returning to the land, though, does not mean simply going back to Roraima; it means connecting dots that are seemingly invisible. In his works, bodies are twisted, split, and turned into different parts, while also standing upside down, rooted in earth. He critically engages with archives and museum collections that portray Indigenous peoples, exposing exotifying stereotypes and racist approaches in visual narratives. Caboco participated in the 34th Bienal de São Paulo with a variety of works, and was a PIPA Prize 2022 nominee.
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Jamille Pinheiro Dias was born in Belém, in the Brazilian Amazon, in 1983. She is a lecturer in Environmental Humanities at the University of London and will be in the United States as a von der Heyden Fellow at Duke University. She was previously a research associate at the University of Manchester, where she worked on the Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America project, and a visiting researcher in Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University. Her interests involve Amazonian cultural production, Indigenous praxis and conceptual frameworks, environmental issues, and translation and activism in Latin America, with a focus on Brazil. Besides research and teaching, she has translated works by Ailton Krenak, Judith Butler, bell hooks, and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, among others.
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Hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies and cosponsored by the Pheobe A Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the Arts Research Center, the Department of History of Art, and the Spanish & Portuguese Department.

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