"Ka'a Pûera: we are walking birds" is the title of the Brazilian pavilion which will celebrate the culture of indigenous peoples and tell their story of resistance

A Canto De Ossanha - Vinicius de Moraes would call it - but also of resistance and rebirth is preparing to arise in the days of the 60th Art Biennale.

The opportunity is offered by the Brazilian Pavilion which this year - as announced by Andrea Pinheiro, president of the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture - has chosen to become the Hãhãwpuá Pavilion, from the name with which the Pataxó people call the Brazilian territory.

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Edited by Arissana Pataxó, Denilson Baniwa and Gustavo Caboco Wapichana, the project is titled “Ka'a Pûera: nós somos pássaros queandam” (Ka'a Pûera: we are walking birds) and will celebrate the culture of indigenous peoples.

“We will tell a story of indigenous resistance in Brazil, the strength of the body present in the reconquest of the territory and in the adaptation to climate emergencies”, say the curators.

What is known about the exhibition project is that it will transcend the boundaries of a simple artistic exhibition, becoming an immersive and multi-sensorial experience. The public will in fact be transported on a fascinating journey into the memory of the Amazon forest, once lush and vibrant, but today threatened by deforestation and exploitation uncontrolled.

On stage there will be works by Olinda Tupinambá, Ziel Karapotó and above all by Glicéria Tupinambá, an artist imprisoned in 2010 and winner of the 2023 PIPA Prize, who has long collaborated with the Tupinambá Community of Serra do Padeiro and Olivença, in Bahia (her video installation Dobra give infinite time where with seeds and earth, creates connections between fishing nets and traditional costumes).

All together they will give life to a poetic tale of these ancestral places and the people who have lived there practically forever.

The title "Ka'a Pûera", which aligns almost perfectly with the theme of the Biennial "Stranieri Ovunque" chosen by Adriano Pedrosahas a double meaning: it alludes both to the ancient deforested forests and to the capacity for rebirth of local communities.

Following this dichotomy, the exhibition will develop along two specific strands: the first, linked to the memory of the forest, includes installations, videos and local craft objects that will evoke the ancient splendor of the Amazon, its biodiversity and deep connection with indigenous communities.

The second instead involves performance, music and contemporary works of art which will celebrate local culture and its ability to survive and reclaim its own identity in the face of adversity. The final message will be current and universal at the same time in the name of an increasingly inclusive future.

However, Brazilian indigenous culture will not only be explored in depth within the national pavilion but also outside. Thanks to a full program of collateral events, including meetings with artists and curators, workshops, film screenings and concerts.

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