In the month dedicated to Black Consciousness, Memorial Vale brings a series of attractions inspired and based on the culture of black people, artistic manifestations and Afro-Brazilian talents. The program reflects the struggle, resistance and pride of black identity in the State, in addition to proposing reflections on black experiences in Brazil. Music, theater, visual arts, photography and literature, starring black artists, lead the Memorial’s programming in November.
Memorial Vale, one of the cultural spaces of the Instituto Cultural Vale, is located in Praça da Liberdade, in Belo Horizonte, and has free entry. Find out more at https://memorialvale.com.br/pt/ .
November 7th (Tuesday) – at 1:30 pm
Exhibition “CATA – Climate Change and Waste Pickers”
The special itinerary celebrating Black Consciousness Month begins on Tuesday, November 7th, with the photographic exhibition “CATA – Climate Change and Collectors”, by artist and photographer Verônica Alkmim França. The exhibition reflects the encounter between visual arts, sociology and popular education through cooperation between the international network Women in Informal Work Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO in English) and the University of Sheffield with the visual artist/photographer Verônica Alkmim França who has been developing authorial work of recognized visibility.
The curation is by the photographer and sociologist Sonia Maria Dias and thematizes two of the great dilemmas of contemporary humanity, the climate emergency and the social inclusion agenda, in a world that is increasingly marked by the worsening of socio-environmental dilemmas. CATA is made up of 10 images that were captured and later constructed in the form of a sensibility about the universe of recyclable collectors. During the CATA project, the collectors participated in an imaging workshop using the Cyanotype technique, in which the waste was raw material for a new experiment. The result will be displayed at the exhibition. The exhibition can be seen until February 25, 2024 and has free entry.
From November 9th to 11th (Thursday to Saturday) – Thursday and Friday at 6pm and Saturday at 10am
2nd Seminar on Black Cultural Production in Minas Gerais
From the 9th to the 11th of November, Memorial Vale will host the 2nd Seminar on Black Cultural Production in Minas Gerais. Held by the Aya Institute of Black and Peripheral Art and Culture, the meeting will address the Minas Gerais cultural market with the participation of professionals working in the area. Cultural Entrepreneurship; Black Cultural Production – Reality, respect and market; and Communication of Black Culture are some of the topics that will be covered at the Seminar.
November 11th (Saturday) – at 4pm
Show with Dona Jandira
On Saturday, November 11th, at 4pm, Memorial Vale will host Dona Jandira’s show, which impresses with her unique voice and full of emotion. At 84 years old, she continues her successful career performing works by great composers of national music.
Dona Jandira began her career late, at the age of 66, having since performed more than three hundred shows in Minas Gerais, across the country and abroad. She recorded her first CD ‘Dona Jandira’ in 2008, and then in 2012 the DVD ‘Dona Jandira ao Vivo’ with important appearances by Luiz Melodia, Paulinho Pedra Azul, Sergio Moreira and Marco Lobo. In 2017 she recorded the CD ‘Afinidades’ as a duo with the renowned pianist, composer and arranger Tulio Mourão.
November 18th (Saturday) – at 11am
Santeiro: craft beyond matter
Luciomar de Jesus, a Congolese sculptor known as Santeiro, will be the attraction on Saturday, November 18th, at 11am, with the action “Santeiro: craft beyond matter”, where he will create a live sculpture while sharing experiences with the public. Going through historical contexts in the art of saint-making, the artist assembles a rural saint that goes through several processes of transformation and resignification.
November 18th (Saturday) – at 4pm
Play “Deaf Black Body Scene: Praise for the Ayabas”
On Saturday, November 18th, at 4pm, the play “Cena Corpo Preto Surdo: Praise as Ayabás” will be showing at the Memorial. The show is born from the political and discursive desire to bring to the artistic scene of Belo Horizonte the relationship between deafness and hearing, both black, which in their communication brings expressiveness, affection and conveys in pounds the appreciation of Afro culture and the praise of the Ayabás , through their ancestry.
November 19th (Sunday) – at 2pm
Show “Sangria Desatada”, by Augusta Barna
The program that celebrates Black Consciousness Month continues with the show “Sangria Desatada”, by Augusta Barna, on November 19th, Sunday, at 2pm. “Sangria Desatada” is an urgency of art that does not remain silent, in an unavoidable commitment to the visceral, provocative and latent poetry of the artist Augusta Barna in her first album. In 10 songs the artist makes use of a delicious atmosphere of rhythms and intentions.
November 25th (Saturday) – at 4pm
Your Neighbor Show: Everyone Together and Crowded
Bloco Afro e de Favela Seu Vizinho presents on November 25th, Saturday, at 4pm, the show “Seu Neighbor: Todo Mundo Junto e Aglomerado”, an intervention that seeks to provoke, through music and joy, reflection and social change in the fight against prejudice and racism. Bloco Afro e de Favela Seu Vizinho emerged in 2014 in Aglomerado da Serra – one of the largest favelas in Brazil – aiming at the participation and protagonism of black people and favela residents in the city’s carnival.
November 26th (Sunday) – at 11am
Esdras Neném presents the show Minha História
Drummer Esdra Neném Ferreira will present the show “Minha História” on November 26th, Sunday, at 11am. Accompanied on stage by Enéias Xavier on keyboards and Ivan Corrêa on bass, Neném, who has roots in Candomblé, where he is Ogã Alabê, will give an overview of his more than 40 years as a drummer.
November 28th (Tuesday) – at 7pm
Exhibition “Images that don’t conform”
With outstanding works in Brazilian art and history, such as the bust of Dom Pedro I (bronze sculpture representing the emperor) and the famous skull of Luzia (one of the oldest human bone remains in the Americas), the exhibition “Images que não se conformam” will be inaugurated at the Memorial on November 28th, Tuesday, at 7pm, running until March 10th, 2024. The exhibition brings together works from the collection of the Brazilian Historical and Geographical Institute (IHGB) in dialogue with productions by contemporary artists from Minas Gerais and features rare pieces and works that date back to Brazil’s colonial, imperial and republican periods.
November 30th (Thursday), at 7pm and December 2nd (Saturday), at 11am
Cia Gente presents “Vertigo e Fio do Meio” (act no.2)
Directed by award-winning playwright and anthropologist Paulo Emílio Azevedo, Cia Gente is part of Memorial Vale’s celebratory program for black awareness month – on November 30th, Thursday, at 7pm and December 2nd, Saturday at 11am – with the act No. 2 of the “Brazil without Ponto Final” project. This is the show “Fio do Meio/Vertigem” which puts on stage “the political body that dances”. In addition to the show sessions, the project also features an exchange of experiences and cultures with the local public through the “Corpo-Memória” workshop, taught by director Paulo Emílio Azevedo. More details of the workshop can be found on the Memorial Vale website: memorialvale.com.br
Also in dialogue with Black Consciousness Month, the mediated visits carried out by Memorial Educational will be based on itineraries that rescue different aspects of African culture present in Minas Gerais, the result of research carried out in the Africanities Educational Route.
On the 4th, 5th, 18th and 19th of November, the public will be able to follow the route “Unsaid Paths: A Belo Horizonte Negra” and discover characters from the old village and traditional black communities, who take care of their territories and resist together with their cultural manifestations .
On the 11th, 12th, 25th and 26th of November, the route will be through “Technologies of African origin” where visitors will be able to participate in a dialogue about ancestry and African contributions to Brazilian culture based on African technologies widely used since the colonial period to the present day.
From November 9th (Wednesday) to December 9th (Saturday)
As part of the program celebrating Black Consciousness Month, the Minas Gerais Vale Memorial Educational Program brings together some of the research carried out throughout the year related to the theme and proposes mediated visits, storytelling and interventions in long-term exhibitions. The aim is to invite the public to reflect on the contributions of black people to Minas Gerais and Brazilian culture.
One of these interventions is the superimposition of the Allegory of the Republic with the image of the abolitionist Alforriado Matias, who lived in Barreiro in the 19th century. The image, created by the artist Senegambia in partnership with the Instituto Alforriado Matias, symbolizes the fight for freedom and the courage of enslaved people.
From November 1st (Wednesday) to November 30th (Thursday)
As a way of honoring the literary, political and scientific production of black women, the traditional ipê rosa, loaded with excerpts from the literary works of Guimarães Rosa, gives space to the voices of black Brazilian writers, now represented by the yellow ipê. The intervention in the space is a tribute to the literary, political and scientific production of black women. The public will be able to choose a flower and take it with them.
Service: Memorial Minas Gerais Vale
Address: Praça da Liberdade, nº 640, corner of Rua Gonçalves Dias, Savassi.
Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: from 10am to 5:30pm, open until 6pm. Thursday, from 10am to 9:30pm, with stays until 10pm. Sunday, from 10am to 3:30pm, with stays until 4pm. Free entrance
Minas Gerais Vale Memorial
The Memorial Minas Gerais Vale, one of the cultural spaces of the Instituto Cultural Vale, has already received more than 1.1 million people, from all over Brazil and other continents. There are more than 1,600 events held and around 200 thousand people in mediated visits. It is part of the Circuito Liberdade, in Belo Horizonte, one of the largest cultural complexes in Brazil. Characterized as an experience museum, with exhibitions that use art and technology in an intense and creative way, it is one of the winners of TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards. In Gringo Cardia’s curation and museography, real and virtual scenarios mix to create experiences and sensations that take visitors from the 18th century to the 21st century. More than a space dedicated to the traditions, origins and constructions of Minas Gerais culture, the Memorial is a place of transit and intersection between the power of history and the contemporary pulses of art and culture, where the present and the past are in direct contact, in permanent renewal. It is alive, dynamic, transformative and creates confluences with independent artists and different segments of Minas Gerais culture.
Photo: Pablo Bernardo