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Cultures of Resistance – Transformative Substrates

Based on the notion of cultural resistance, the exhibition brings together a collection of artworks including drawings, paintings, engravings, manuscripts, audiovisual records, photoliths, installations, handicraft objects, interactive websites, podcasts, photographs, and publications from the university’s archives, organized into five thematic nuclei: Institutional Module, Tenacity – The Backlands of Minas Gerais, Resistance – The Jequitinhonha Valley, Consciousness – African Roots, and Diversity – Struggle and Utopia of Indigenous Peoples. This exhibition is a joint initiative of the UFMG Cultural Pro-Rectorate, through the UFMG Cultural Center and the UFMG University Library, proposing a journey through these cultures of the margins through visualities, oralities, musicalities, religious practices, rituals, memories, emotions, and bibliographic records.

Curator: Fabrício Fernandino
Assistant Curator: Mateus Souza
Visiting hours: Monday to Friday, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: UFMG Rectorate Hallway


Check out the modules:

Tenacity – The Backlands of Minas Gerais | Curator: Sibelle Cornélio Diniz

Conceived between 2020 and 2021, during the pandemic, the exhibition “Sertão Mundo” brought a glimpse of this historical backlands, located in the heart of Brazil and in the works of Guimarães Rosa, to the public. It was the first fully virtual exhibition of Espaço do Conhecimento UFMG, which now gains materiality, highlighting the strength of resistance represented by the cultural expressions presented in “Sertão Mundo”.

Resistance – The Jequitinhonha Valley | Curator: Maria das Dores Pimentel Nogueira

This thematic nucleus aims to showcase a glimpse of the universal art of the Jequitinhonha Valley, featuring master craftsmen and representatives of the new generation of artisans, inheritors of the traditional knowledge of this region. Various forms of crafts from the region, such as ceramics, spinning, weaving, woodwork, embroidery, braiding, painting, and other arts, are part of this module.

Consciousness – African Roots | Curator: Sônia Queiroz

A small exhibition of contemporary arts that bring ancestral forms, worldviews, colors, and sounds to the present is presented in this module. The visual artist Jorge dos Anjos, poets Adão Ventura and Ricardo Aleixo, poet and essayist Leda Martins, and sound artist Marco Scarassatti represent several other Brazilian artists. Productions published by Editora UFMG and the Publishing Laboratory of the Faculty of Letters in the field of African and Afro-Brazilian cultural studies also form part of this thematic nucleus.

Diversity – Struggle and Utopia of Indigenous Peoples | Curator: Guilherme Trielli

This module presents, through an artistic installation, the presence of diversity in the Indigenous Collection of UFMG, which consists of a set of documents and works primarily produced by Indigenous authors and publishers from Brazil and Latin America.

Indigenous Worlds

The history of Brazilian indigenous peoples is not singular. As vast as a continent, our country is home to diverse populations with different customs and traditions. In the exhibition “Indigenous Worlds,” opened by Espaço do Conhecimento UFMG in December 2019, indigenous curators from five peoples – Yanomami, Ye’kwana, Xakriabá, Tikmῦ’ῦn (Maxakali), and Pataxoop – invite us to get to know their worlds. These are worlds that create and involve human existences and others – such as plants, animals, and spirits – with whom they effectively coexist. They all share respect and love for the Earth.

Coordination: Ana Maria R. Gomes, Deborah Lima, Mariana Oliveira, and Tainah Leite.


Në Ropë – Davi Kopenawa, the main Yanomami leader, is a shaman, writer, and president of Hutukara Yanomami Association. He was born around 1956 in the Marakana village, Roraima. He began his struggle to defend Yanomami land-forest after an invasion of 40,000 gold miners. His fight resulted in the demarcation of the Yanomami Indigenous Land in 1992. With national and international awards, he combines shamanic knowledge with political activism. In 2010, he co-authored the book “The Falling Sky” with anthropologist Bruce Albert.

Joseca Yanomami – renowned Yanomami artist. He was born around 1971 in Uxi u and resides in the Watoriki village, Yanomami Land. He started drawing in the late 1990s, drawing inspiration from Yanomami shamanism, mythology, rituals, and daily life. He has exhibited in Brazil and abroad, at the invitation of Bruce Albert, in various exhibitions such as Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain (Paris), Yanomami, L’esprit de la forêt (2003), Histoire de voir (2012), and Nous les arbres (2019).

Weichӧ – Júlio David Magalhães was born in Fuduwaaduinha, on the Auaris River, and currently lives in Kudataanha. He is one of the young leaders of his people and serves as the president of the Wanaseduume Ye’kwana Association, founded in 2006 to represent the Ye’kwana people in Brazil. He holds a degree in Territorial Management from the Federal University of Roraima and works on audiovisual documentation of traditional knowledge.

Viviane Cajusuanaima Rocha – born in Fuduwaaduinha, on the Auaris River. She holds a degree in Intercultural Education from the Federal University of Roraima and works as a teacher in her community’s school. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Anthropology at UFMG. She conducts research on Ye’kwana traditional knowledge, particularly in collaboration with wise Ye’kwana elders, and was a fellow at the UFMG Indigenous School Education Observatory.

Corpo-Território – Vicente Xakriabá is a shaman from the old lineage, descendant of a family with knowledge passed down to healers, midwives, herbalists, curanderos, and shamans through a close relationship between people, animals, spirits, and the land.

Edvaldo Xakriabá – a cultural teacher, one of the first indigenous teachers to graduate. His experience has been focused on the cultural strengthening of his people, and he wasthe creator of the “Casa de Cultura Xakriabá” project.

Célia Xakriabá – currently a Ph.D. student in Social Anthropology at UFMG. Since the age of 13, she has been involved in the struggles of indigenous peoples within and outside her community. As she puts it, her school is the knowledge of the territory: “Those who have territory have a place to return to, they have a mother; and those who have a mother have comfort and healing.”

Yãy hã mĩy – Isael Maxakali and Sueli Maxakali were born in Água Boa (Santa Helena de Minas/MG), where they grew up singing, eating, and dancing with the yãmĩyxop. Today, they are teachers and two important leaders of Aldeia Verde (Ladainha/MG), where they live and work. Together, they have produced a series of films in recent years portraying the ritual daily life of their village.

The Great Time of Waters – Kanatyo Pataxoop and Liça Pataxoop
We belong to a traditional lineage of seven peoples, of which only two remain: Pataxoop and Maxakali. We, the elders, come from southern Bahia and now live in Aldeia Muã Mimatxi, in the municipality of Itapecerica (MG). We live near urban areas but maintain our traditions on land that once belonged to the indihi. We want to learn Portuguese and use technology to talk about our world. We want to use writing to our advantage, to show who we really are. We, the tihi, need to teach the indihi, the non-indigenous, what it means to be indigenous.

Visiting hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Saturdays, from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Location: Espaço do Conhecimento UFMG

Letters to Writers of My Branch

Exhibition of letters, manuscripts, and publications exchanged between the Portuguese writer Maria Gabriela Llansol (1931/2008) and the UFMG professor, writer, and curator of the exhibition Lucia Castello Branco and her students, over years of poetic and literary companionship. These letters and documents address issues related to writing, psychoanalysis, education, the texts of Llansol and Lucia, in particular, and life in general, or the “live” as Llansol named it.


Lucia Castello Branco – writer, psychoanalyst, permanent professor in the Graduate Program in Letters at UFMG, and visiting professor in the Graduate Program in Literature and Culture at the Federal University of Bahia. Researcher of CNPq since 1991 and a follower of Maria Gabriela Llansol since 1992.

Angela Castelo Branco – poet and art educator. Ph.D. in Arts from the Institute of Arts at Unesp. Founder of A Casa Tombada – Place of Art, Culture, Education. Creator of the Postgraduate Course “Gestos de Escrita” as a practice of risk. Since 2011, she has been conducting art education projects between literature and visual arts.

Opening: July 20, at 7:00 PM

Visiting hours: until August 13, 2023

Location: Ana Horta Room, Centro Cultural UFMG

Operating hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


The exhibition flirts with the legacy of constructivism and its developments. It does not intend to evoke the Brazilian constructivist program, nor does it aim to propose meanings for its continuity, but rather to broaden the means of accessing the artwork through form, with other ways of organizing visual space and geometry sensitized by life. The idea behind the work is the notion of alertness and heightened perception of time, recalling clues, traces, and remnants of everyday life. By using air conditioning filters from cars, it evokes the close relationship with the city air, the air we breathe.


Shirley Paes Leme – (Cachoeira Dourada MG/GO) in 1978, she graduated from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She received a scholarship from the Fulbright Foundation from 1983 to 1986. She participated in collective exhibitions: XV Biennale de Lausanne, 1993; VII Biennale of Poland, 1995; “Die Anderen Modernen,” Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 1997; II Mercosur Biennial, Porto Alegre, 1999; in 2000, she exhibited at the VII Havana Biennial, Cuba, Bienal de São Paulo – 50 years, São Paulo, “20th Century: Art from Brazil,” and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal. “Côte à Côte – Art Contemporain du Brésil,” Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bourdeaux, France, 2001. I Bienal del aire libre, Caracas, 2005, I Biennale of the End of the World, Ushuaia, Argentina, 2007, X Mercosur Biennial, 2015, I Biennial Sur, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017. Our World, Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo, Brazil, 2023.


Paula Borghi – curator and Ph.D. candidate sponsored by CNPq. In her research, she focuses on projects that extend artistic practice to politics. Her curatorial work is dedicated primarily to dialogue with women artists. Her trajectory is marked by curatorial projects aimed at artistic residencies.

Opening: July 20, at 7:00 PM

Visiting hours: until August 13, 2023

Location: Grande Galeria of Centro Cultural UFMG

Operating hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

A N C E S T R A L MARK (Edgar Kanaykõ)

Exhibition of original photographs by artist Edgar Kanaykõ, which bring the indigenous perspective to the university and the art spaces of the city. The artworks are based on photographic records of his community and other indigenous peoples, as well as manifestations of the indigenous movement in the country.

Edgar Kanaykõ Xakriabá – holds a master’s degree in Anthropology from UFMG and has a free role in the field of ethnophotography, considered as “a means of capturing the aspect of culture – the life of a people.” Through his lenses, photography becomes a new “tool of struggle,” allowing the viewer to see with a different perspective what an indigenous people are.

Opening: July 20, at 7:00 PM

Visiting hours: until August 13, 2023

Location: Sala Celso Renato de Lima of Centro Cultural UFMG

Operating hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.