C&: How did Conversations in Gondwana start?
Juliana Gontijo: It began with Juliana Caffé’s trip to carry out a year-long research study at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. As independent curators and women, we wanted to strengthen the network that connects us and advance others. We had no resources or institutional support, so we got the idea to pair up artists as virtual pen-pals and create an online platform to host their exchanges.
Juliana Caffé: Our wish was to bring the two art scenes closer together, and enhance the flow of practices and research among artists, curators, and researchers from countries in the Global South. So we developed the concept around Gondwana, the name used to refer to the supercontinent that some 200 million years ago united the continental masses of what we now call South America, Africa, Antarctica, Australia, and India. At a global moment in contemporary art, the project evokes this common genealogy to foster the emergence of other geographies on the international scene.