Régis Gonçalves-Wigersma

Brasil/Holanda

What is “the role of the fine art artist” in art and society? The aim of this project (residency) is to survey the role of the fine artist and the development of the artistic scene in Brazil from the1960s to contemporary time, in connection with socio cultural developments. This survey is not meant to study just historical facts but to analyze, through source study and discussion panels, the role of the fine art artist throughout the militarism in the 60s, passing through the democratic changes in the middle 80s, the impeachment in 1993 and the election of the first left wing president in Brazil. Therefore, this residency is to function as a platform allowing past to meet present, as well as to analyze the similarities and differences between artists from consecutive periods in the past and artists of the present day.