ARTIST TALK JORGGE MENNA BARRETO: Environmental Sculpture
- 5.30 NL time to the PZI MFA students. See here for his work and practice: https://jorggemennabarreto.com/. He was also a participant at Jan van Eyck Academy, 2019-2020: https://www.janvaneyck.nl/participants/joelson-buggilla-jorge-menna-barreto/
Jorgge Menna Barreto, Ph.D. is a Brazilian artist and educator, whose practice and research have been dedicated to site-specific art for over 20 years. In 2014, he worked on a postdoctoral research project at Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Brazil, where he collaborated with a biologist and an agronomist to study relations between site-specific art and agroecology, centring around agroforestry. In 2020 he completed a second postdoctoral research fellowship at Liverpool John Moores University, England, which led to the work he presented at the Liverpool Biennial in 2021. Menna Barreto approaches site-specificity from a critical and South American perspective, having taught, lectured, and written extensively on the subject. He has translated numerous authors on site-specificity from English into Brazilian Portuguese, including Miwon Kwon, Rosalyn Deutsche, Hito Steyerl and Anna Tsing. Menna Barreto has participated in multiple art residencies, projects and exhibitions worldwide. In 2016, he took part in the 32nd São Paulo Biennial with his award-winning project Restauro: a restaurant set up to work with a complex system of environmental restoration in collaboration with settlements of Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement [MST]. The project travelled to the Serpentine Galleries in London in 2017, where the artist worked with a wild edibles expert, a botanical illustrator and local organic growers. In 2020, as a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Netherlands, he launched a periodical called Enzyme in collaboration with artist Joélson Buggilla. In Geneva, Switzerland, he has collaborated on the MFA in Socially Engaged Art at HEAD – Haute École d’Arts Appliqués, where he is working on a research project focused on ecopedagogy. Menna Barreto was professor at the Art Department of UERJ - Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro - from 2015 to 2021 and is now Assistant Professor at the Art Department at UCSC - University of California Santa Cruz, where he also teaches at the new MFA in Environmental Art and Social Practice.