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.
Redes, colaboração e resistência em/entre Portugal e Brasil
26 June - 05 September 2021
Blanco, azul y rojo: 1821-2021
Museo Nacional de Costa Rica
San José, Costa Rica
01 June - 01 June 2022
Francisco Toledo. El color como forma
Casa de México en España
29 April - 19 September 2021
Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite
Blanton Museum of Art
Austin, United States
27 June - 19 September 2021
Ángela Gurría - Escuchar la materia
Ciudad de México, Mexico
16 June - 21 August 2021
Carmenza Banguera: The Visible, the Laughable, and the Invisible
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
Chicago, United States
27 May - 01 October 2021
Transformation: Objects and Images in Relation
The Clemente Center
New York, United States
02 July - 30 July 2021
Ubumuntu Arts Festival
Mashirika Performing Arts and Media Company
Kigali (online), Rwanda
16 July - 17 July 2021
Talks / Workshops
AKANA. Curatorial practices of the present.
Centro Cultural de España
La Paz, Bolivia, Plurinational State of
21 July - 03 November 2021
Collective Nacional Trovoa
“We Don’t Accept Scraps From The White Art Circuit”
Group of artists and curators gathers for a rally of visual arts produced solely by black and non-white women.
Beatriz González in Berlin - Retrospective 1965-2017
KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin examines the work of one of Colombia's most emblematic artists.
The Image As Testimony Of The Unspeakable
An archive of historical images allows us a look into the terrible world of slavery in the Americas.
In Conversation with Antwaun Sargent
Tearing Down Borders Between Magazines and Museums
We spoke to the New York curator Antwaun Sargent about his international selection for the exhibition Just Pictures at projects+gallery in St. Louis, Missouri.
In Conversation with
Researcher and artist Rosana Paulino
“I would like to touch on subjects that have been swept under the rug in Brazilian society”, says the Brazilian artist.
A Latin American Universe
What Is "Latinx"?
“Latinx” is an update of traditional labels usually applied to describe Latin American migrant communities in the US.
In Conversation With Lía Colombino
The Museo del Barro and Multicultural Art in Paraguay
The Museum is dedicated to all types of visual arts that highlight the cultural and ethnic diversity of Paraguay.
Exhibition at Pinacoteca de São Paulo
Rosana Paulino: The Suturing of History
“Rosana Paulino: The Sewing of Memory” exhibition brings together 140 works by the Brazilian artist from 1993 to 2018.
José Antonio Gómez Rosas, a Mexican Master
A Gifted Ghost Known as “El Hotentote”
An air of mystery surrounds the life of this artist, contemporary of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. It's time to rediscover his work.