Benjamin Abras (born 1975 in Belo Horizonte / Brazil) is an interdisciplinary contemporary artist, poet, dance-theater director, playwright, and essayist. His performances, installations, objects, drawings, and paintings reflect his experiences in the Afro-Brazilian traditions of Candomblé and Capoeira de Angola. He has performed, exhibited and done artistic residencies in England, Denmark, India, and Senegal. As a guest artist at the International Arts Festival FESMAN he presented the performance MASEMBA in 2010, performed at the Dakar Dak’Art Biennale in 2014, and Helsinki in 2019. He published the book Falanges, and recorded the CD What is silent is great. He completed a one-year immersion in the conceptual and technical practices of Afro-Butoh at the National Theater of Tunisia, where he is currently conducting research on the history of slavery in Africa. The result of this process will be the creation of his new book of essays and poems.
KAZUMBANDA, (2016) based on the music by Brazilian musician and composer Marku Ribas.
Mendes Wood DM
New York, United States
16 November - 21 January 2023
Segundo Ato: Dramas para negros e prólogo para brancos
15 May - 28 February 2023
Inin Niwe y el mundo puro de los eres eternos
Centro Cultural Inca Garcilaso
24 November - 13 February 2023
Ecologias do Bem Viver – ELÃ 2022
Galpão Bela Maré
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
22 October - 10 December 2022
Jonathas de Andrade: O rebote do bote
São Paulo, Brazil
24 September - 28 February 2023
Kòrsou – Curaçao
The Hague, Netherlands
16 December - 20 November 2022
Talks / Workshops
Métodos, Práticas e Maneiras de se pensar Arte e Acervo Indígena
São Paulo, Brazil
18 November -
13ª Bienal do Mercosul
Diversos espaços expositivos
Porto Alegre, Brazil
15 September - 20 November 2022
Jota Mombaça: The Sinking Ship/Properity
San Francisco, United States
27 October - 28 January 2023
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
12 November - 22 February 2023
La Habana, Cuba
21 July - 21 August 2022
15 September - 22 October 2022
Venice Biennale: Chile and Peru
Peruvian artist Christian Bendayan and Chilean Voluspa Jarpa at the 58th Venice Biennale.
Contemporary Afro-Latin American Voices
Old Conflicts, New Expressions
The question of identity is still an important vehicle for creativity in Latin America and sparks original forms of expression.
The legacy of Mestre Didi
Mestre Didi’s unique artistic oeuvre emerges from a breadth of knowledge obtained inside the Nagô Candomblé.
In Conversation with Denilson Baniwa
“A Cell Phone or a Laptop Doesn’t Make You Less Indigenous”
The Brazilian artist Denilson Baniwa talks about how his oeuvre connects indigenous culture with urban contemporary art.
Corredor Afro, Puerto Rico
Taking Control of Your Own Story
A new art space in Loíza, Puerto Rico, establishes creative links between the African Diaspora and Africa. A conversation with Marta Moreno Vega, one of its founders.
Raquel van Haver – Spirits of the Soil
The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam shows murals that emerge from the artist's experiences with marginalized communities around the world.
In Conversation with Moisés Patrício
“Fascism is a ghost who keeps on haunting us”
Brazilian artist Moisés Patrício talks about his career, filled with international travel “after 400 years of imprisonment in Brazil”.
Installation View #museumshutdown
Mexican Muralists in the United States, Whitney Museum
The Whitney Museum in New York rediscovers Mexican muralists and their influence on 20th century American art.
Installation View: Instituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt (INSTAR)
INSTAR collective presents Operational Factography (2022), a counter-narrative of Cuban cultural history installed in Kassel.