Gabriela Carvalho

Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto

FCT/i2ADS studentship // phd student

Gabriela Carvalho, curator, writer and researcher in visual arts. In her academic career, she studied Bachelor of Visual Arts at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), with intership to the Università degli Studi di Bologna. She holds a master’s degree in Arts from Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais (UEMG). Now, she is PhD candidate in Arts at Universidade do Porto, is an FCT Scholarship holder and a researcher at i2ADS/FBAUP. In her research, she is interested in the study of monocultures related to weeds in the perspective of the Plantationceno as a means for a critical performance in the field of arts and science. In 2011, she founded Casa Camelo, an independent space focused on experimentation by emerging artists in Belo Horizonte (BR). Worked as curator at the cultural centre Sesc Palladium (BR) between 2014 and 2016. She worked in the organization of exhibitions in various spaces transiting between the independent, institutional and commercial art scene. Highlights include the projects Festival Camelo de Arte Contemporânea (independent spaces of Belo Horizonte, 2016/2021), Laboratório Aberto em Palavra e Imagem (BDMG Cultural, 2017), Maquinações (Oi Futuro Flamengo, Sesc Palladium and Sesc Carmo, 2018), Raiz Weiwei (CCBB, 2019), Revolver (Casa das Artes, 2020). She taught the courses Curatorial Theories and Practices (UEMG, 2018) and Processual Practices in the exhibition space (CEFART, 2018). She also worked as a project analyst in the visual arts area for several public cultural agencies in Brazil.


Thesis title
While I speak: a deconstruction of the curatorial logos from a decolonial perspective

FCT reference

This project is inscribed in the field of curatorial studies, in a perspective of problematization of the structural “logos” of art exhibitions. For this purpose, the research starts from a historical recovery that goes through the origins of the curatorial practices and the thought about the organization of art exhibitions in order to understand them as narratives that produce a catalogical dimension in the history of art. In dialogue with this track of history, we propose the reading of these narratives constructed from phallogocentric precepts that delineate the relationships between work, space and public in the field of art.Allied to this historical and theoretical horizon, the investigation opens on a transversal movement of disarticulation of this phallogocentric discursive structure in curatorial practices that points to a possible decolonization of art exhibitions. Assuming the development of such questions, this project aims to increase and expand decolonial perspectives in the practice of exhibition curatorship in the contemporary context.

Carla Cruz (supervisor) and Juan Luis Toboso (co-supervisor)


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