Frequências: Interventions by Tatiana Carvalho Costa, Michael B. Gillespie, and Cris Lira

Mar 31, 2023

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Stanley Museum of Art,

160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA 52242

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This event is part of the 2023 Obermann Humanities Symposium, Frequências: Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Cinema & the Black Diaspora.

Tatiana Carvalho Costa is a curator and teacher. She is a doctoral student at the Federal University of Minas Gerais where she researches Afro-Brazilian epistemologies and Black Brazilian Cinema, in particular the recent production of short films. She works as programmer and juror of festivals and recently joined the curatorial team of the Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes, the FAN – Festival de Arte Negra de Belo Horizonte, and the Cinema e Narrativas da Diáspora Negra. She is part of the black dramaturgy movement SegundaPRETA and coordinates the university project PRETANÇA – Afrobrasilidades e Direitos Humanos (Human Rights and the Afro-Brazilian question). Her intervention aims to share some insights around the contributions of bantu-brazilian epistemology articulated by black Brazilian feminists to understand the recent phenomenon provoked by the presence of Black people changing Brazilian contemporary film culture. The notion of Quilombo plays a central role as an ideological milestone to provide material for “participatory fiction” and to understand the changes on the asthetic-political status of Black existence historically and performatively reiterated by Brazilian Cinema's aesthetic captivity.

Michael Boyce Gillespie is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. He is author of Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film (Duke University Press, 2016) and co-editor of Black One Shot, an art criticism series on ASAP/J. His work focuses on black visual and expressive culture, film theory, visual historiography, popular music, and contemporary art. His recent writing has appeared in Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971, Film Quarterly, Film Comment, and liquid blackness. He was the consulting producer on The Criterion Collection releases of Deep Cover and Shaft. Gillespie's presentation will consider the affective resonance of Marvin Gaye's "If I Should Die Tonight" as a provocation to consider the pleasures and politics that inform the idea of black cinema.

Cris Lira is a professor of Romance Languages at the University of Georgia, specializing in Contemporary Brazilian Literature. Her research interests are mostly related to contemporary Brazilian and Latin American literature and culture with an interdisciplinary and comparative approach. Her intervention, "Poesia in Translation," will feature Victória Lane Silva, Gleisson Alves Santos, and Kyler Johnson. Taking from Professor Geri Augusto’s article "Language Should Not Keep Us Apart! Reflections towards a Black Transnational Praxis of Translation," the intervention is an invitation to inhabit a world of words, voices, images, and presences created through poetry in translation

Free and open to all. 

Major sponsorship comes from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization, and the Office of the Vice President for Research Arts and Humanities Initiative Program. Generous supporters include FilmScene, the UI Stanley Museum of Art, the UI Department of Cinematic Arts, and the UI Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

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