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Wagner Schwartz – Discussion With the Artist

The presentation and the chapter reading from the book of Wagner Schwartz “Never together, but at the same time” concerns the socio-cultural context and public reactions on the performance of “La Bête” in 2017, at the Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo, during which a photo was shared online presenting an artist being touched by a child and her mother. Following the performance an extensive hate campaign arose targeting the artist, the Museum and cultural workers for a destructive and demoralizing work in Brazil.

Wagner Schwartz is a performer, choreographer and writer born in Brazil and based in Paris. At the centre of his work, he problematizes the boundaries between body and object, tradition and singularity. He received many awards for his work, including the APCA (Association of Art Critics, São Paulo) awards for the best art project “Piranha” in 2012, and Rumos Itaú Cultural Dance program, 2000, 2003, 2009 and 2014. He curated the 10th Sesc Dance Biennale in Brazil. He collaborated as a performer with international film and theater directors and choreographers; Rachid Ouramdane, Yves-Noël Genod, Pierre Droulers, Judith Cahen, Masayasu Eguchi, Lorenzo De Angelis, among others.