Vila Flores is a space that hosts various activities in the areas of art and culture, and is located in a remodeled architectural complex from the 1920s, in the Floresta neighborhood of Porto Alegre. The complex operates collaboratively and is home to artists, designers, architects and other creative professionals. Among the independent projects that have occupied its workshops is Casa Grande, an artistic collaboration space, winner of the Funarte Prize for Black Art, formed by nine black artists. In addition to creating their own works of art, which were part of the exhibition “Nigredo: obra em negro”, the artists offered discussions, workshops and created publicity and educational materials on ethnic and racial tensions in Brazil. One of the artists who participated in Casa Grande, Marcelo Monteiro, is still at Vila Flores with a new project, Estúdio Hybrido, an interdisciplinary creative space in the visual arts, fashion, dance, performance, video and photography. The Breu project, a partnership with Preto Filmes, also calls Vila Flores home, and hosts discussions on racism, prejudice and other topics following film screenings.
Porto Alegre, Brazil
The exhibition "Nigredo: obra em negro" is the result of work by the nine black artists of Casa Grande, reflecting on the art system and violence against black people and other minorities. Photo: Ana Marisa Sakavinski