Transnational Correspondence

Le Flâneur de l’Eurostar 1996
performance, Gare du Nord, Paris, France
Courtesy and © the artist.

Transnational Correspondence is a collaboration between TrAIN and PPGAV, the centre for fine art research of the School of Fine Arts, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. It stems from ongoing research carried out by TrAIN Research Fellow Dr Michael Asbury into the comparative reception of Brazilian art at national and international levels.

Involving members of TrAIN working with different geopolitical areas, it serves to extend an existing field of enquiry beyond the specificities of the Brazilian subject area. The project aims to construct a viable framework in which to analyse both the localised production of art history and its global dissemination, and to reveal the different approaches that have stemmed from the influence of cutural and post-colonial studies within the fields of practice, history and theory.

The project includes two forums in two locations: Universal, International, Transnational, a workshop at the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro (1-3 October 2006) and Transnational Correspondence, a two-day public symposium at Tate Modern (14-15 September 2007).

Contributors to the two forums are:

TrAIN core members Michael AsburyOriana BaddeleyDeborah Cherry and Toshio Watanabe; members of PPGAV Guilherme BuenoGloria FerreiraMilton MachadoPaulo Venancio Filho and Carlos Zilio, together with Moacir dos Anjos, independent curator and former Director of the Museum of Modern Art Recife, Fernando Cocchiarali, Director of the Museum of Modern Art Rio de Janeiro and Isobel Whitelegg, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Art History & Theory, University of Essex.

The Tate Modern symposium also marks the launch of a collaborative publication, jointly edited by TrAIN and PPGAV. The publication takes the form of a bilingual special issue of PPGAV’s annual journal, Arte e Ensaios (Art & Essays). It includes essays by members of both research centres and invited contributors; a dossier of historical letters written between artists in Brazil and Europe; two photographic inserts reproducing work by artists David Medalla and Lucia Nogueira (both exemplars of a transnational practice), and a new interview with curator Guy Brett. The front cover of the journal is designed by artist and TrAIN core member Sutapa Biswas, an interview with whom is also included.

Collaborative, transnational, projects with sustainable outcomes are an objective of the TrAIN Research Centre, and Transnational Correspondence also serves to consolidate a growing relationship between TrAIN and EB-UFRJ as centres for post-graduate study.