Maria Thereza Alves, artist from Sao Polo.
Jimmie Durham, artist, poet, writer and political activist from USA
Maria Thereza Alves made Why here?. She worked about art and ecology, presenting local and environmental stories involving botanists, archives and communities. She concentrated on the Central Market of the city and its regular visitors. Street vendors, traders, university, researchers, immigrants, political refugees, native citizens, have all participated to the realization of two video interviews, answering to these two questions: “Why are you here?” and “Which is your favorite plant?”.
Jimmie Durham worked on his installation Practically Pinnacle. The title makes reference to architecture, in particular to one element, the “pinnacle”, which contributes to the stability of a building. At the same time, it creates the possibility of transforming into décor. A work that can “remind people of Luis Buñuel or a more elevated form of Marcel Duchamp” suggested by Durham.