Gina Ferreira, Instituto Municipal Nise da Silvera, filming for Care as Method, November 2016. Still: Daniel Leão

Video: Care as Method: Art, Politics, Clinics
In 4 territories in Rio de Janeiro

Daniel Leão and Jessica Gogan in collaboration with the Art_Care project

The bead, everyone sees. No one notices the string that, in a glittery necklace, composes the beads.

Mia Couto, O fio das missangas [The String of the Beads]1

The video Care as method brings together a collection of over forty video statements by researchers, artists, cultural agents, therapists and managers who work at the interfaces between the fields of art, health, the environment, citizenship and other forms of institutionality. Care is the thread that relates and interweaves these diverse practices and fields in search of new clinical, aesthetic and political processes. Care is also the “beads” – each different territorialized co-constructions of context, people and place, some small, others large, bright or discrete, permanent or ephemeral, each one potent.

In collaboration with the Art_Care project, the majority of the statements were filmed in November 2016 and some in January 2017 in 4 territories in Rio de Janeiro – Colônia Juliano Moreira, Engenho de Dentro, Centro and Boa Viagem (Niterói) – focusing on individuals and organizations/initiatives engaged in these places and who were participating in the project: Museu Bispo do Rosário Arte Contemporânea (mBrac), Espaço Aberto ao Tempo, Museu de Imagens do Inconsciente, Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica (CMAHO), Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói (MAC) and Macquinho: Digital Urban Platform. In addition we counted on the participation of professors and researchers involved in the postgraduate programs in collective health and in contemporary art at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) along with several critics, artists, social agents and collectives who had been engaged in some way in these territories on previous occasions. As an action-research initiative there was no prepared script and predetermined results. Yet all the while embracing a polyphony of voices, like all collections, this compendium of perspectives is also partial and limited. From 2016 to today a lot has changed. Directors of some of the institutions we interviewed have left, projects have finished, and other perspectives have emerged. But of course many also remain continuing to challenge artistic, clinical and political boundaries on a daily basis.

Our intention was not to represent a single institutional position, but rather the multiple singularities of their territories. Our focus was to create an inventory, to make public this “care” and these “carers” in the form of a common archive. In this way the video seeks to be a reflexive and future oriented apparatus to build, deepen and criticize … The following questions guided this process: What does care mean? What kinds of care are possible in such fragile and precarious social and institutional contexts? What possibilities can we imagine for contemporary cities if we were to take on care as ethics, concept and practice? How can these practices generate a corpus of methods to be shared and also of theories that can inform other practices?

With the support of the Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), the Hélio Oiticica Municipal Art Center and Instituto MESA, the video was presented in a draft format at the first Care of Method # 1 encounter held at CMAHO, in December 2016. At the beginning of 2017, following the filming of additional statements, the first edition of this video was presented as part of the exhibition Lugares do delírio at the invitation of the curator Tania Rivera, featuring perspectives drawn from the territories of Colônia Juliano Moreira/mBrac and Engenho de Dentro/Instituto Municipal Nise da Silveira.2 In 2018, again following some additional filming, we completed this second edition presented here featuring the statements from the previous two territories as well as those from Rio de Janeiro Centro/CMAHO and Boa Viagem, Niterói/MAC, Macquinho.

It is important to note, as the artist Hélio Oiticica famously said in relation to Brazil, in adversity we live, that the realities of our limited production resources could be said to have mirrored the precariousness of the territories themselves and, as a result, at times the audio-visual quality of the video is compromised. The video has a duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes and is divided into 4 parts: 1) Instituto Nise da Silveira / Engenho de Dentro (28 min.); 2) mBrac/ Juliano Moréia Colony, Jacarepaguá (25 min.); 3) MAC and Macquinho, Boa Viagem, Niterói (17 min.); and 4) Centro Rio de Janeiro/CMAHO (18 min.). We see this less as a documentary in the traditional sense and more as a resource to mine, dive into, repeat, skip, search…

All credits are listed in the video. Below are brief biographies of editors and interviewees.

Video Directors/Editors

Daniel Leão
Leão was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1984. He graduated in Cinema Studies from the Universidade Federal Fluminense in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Social Communication with a focus on the use of sound in the documentary film. Since graduation, he has been working as an independent filmmaker as well as developing sound experiments and audiovisual works with artists such as Ivar Rocha and Mariane Monteiro. He is currently working on his first full-length feature film A felicidade as vezes mora aqui (Happiness sometimes lives here) inspired by an eponymous group exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Niterói (MAC) where he also works as an audiovisual producer (2013 – 2015). He has filmed, edited and produced video essays and collaborated with Instituto MESA on various film/video projects including the short documentaries The Model: A Model of a Qualitative society. He is currently studying for his PhD in Visual Arts from the State University of Santa Catarina.

Jessica Gogan
Gogan is a curator and educator and director of the MESA Institute and co-editor of MESA Magazine. She holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh in the USA (2016). Her research and projects explore the interfaces between art and society focusing on  practices that traverse the fields of art, curatorship and education. She recently launched the book Domingos da Criação: Uma coleção do experimental em arte e educação, a research and publication project awarded an Itaú Rumos 2016 grant, exploring the participatory happenings Domingos da Criação held at Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro in 1971. She currently co-coordinates the Art_Care Project with Izabela Pucu and is a PNPD/CAPES postdoctoral fellow in the Postgraduate Program in Contemporary Studies of the Arts at UFF.


Abel Luiz
Abel is a musician, composer and arranger. He is the musical coordinator of the Free Music Workshops held weekly at the CAPS (Center of Psycho-Social Assistance) Clarice Lispector and of cultural organization Loucura Suburbana. He also acts as the musical director of Loucura’s carnival bloco. He was musical  arranger for the organization’s CD Sambas Champions of Suburban Madness. He has taught at the Brazilian Conservatory of Music and co-founded the group Samba do Trabalhador. He also coordinated the training course for popular cultural agents at the Department of History at Federal Fluminense University (UFF). He has participated in various samba groups:  É com Esse Que Eu Vou, O Samba de Carnaval na Rua and no Salão. He coordinated the roundable on samba at the VII Encounter of Multidisciplinary Studies in Culture at UFBA and in 2013 launched the CD Sotaques e Influências.

Alex Venâncio
Artist in the collective studio Atelier Gaia part of the Polo Experimental an educational, cultural and community center for mental health users and families in the Colônia Juliana Moreira run by the Bispo do Rosário Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ana Carvalho
Museologist at the Bispo do Rosário Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ana Teresa Derraik
Doctor, gynecologist and obstetrician, Derraik also holds a masters in family health. Currently she is the medical director of Nosso Instituto, a social organization that provides access to sexual and reproductive rights for women in conditions of social vulnerability. She is also technical director of Derraik Mulher, a private women’s health clinic.

Ariadne Moura Mendes
Ariadne is a psychologist and specialist in public health and also holds a health education specialization from Fiocruz. She coordinates the Carnival Bloco and organization Loucura Suburbana. She has worked in the field of psychology and mental health for more than thirty years including posts as professor of psychology at Celso Lisboa University (1977) and psychologist at the Ministry of Health in the following sectors: National Mental Health Division (1982), Colônia Juliano Moreira (1988), Head of Planning Nucleus (1989), and Outpatient Clinic at the Pedro II Psychiatric Center (1989). From 2002 – 2009 she was consultant to the director’s office at the Nise da Silveira Municipal Institute. In addition to coordinating the Carnival Bloco she also oversees the Nise da Silveira School of Informatics and Citizenship and the publishing unit EncantArte (since 2002).

Arlindo Oliveira da Silva
Arlindo creates sculptures using various techniques and supports such joining elements like wood, lights, clothes, toys and other objects collected in the territory where he lives and works. Since 2017 he has developed performances that relate to his experience as an intern in a mental institution. For almost 30 years he has been a resident artist at the collective studio Atelier Gaia, a program of the Bishop Museum of Rosario Arte Contemporânea (mBrac) for former asylum interns, now coordinated by Diana Kolker. At mBrac Arlindo has participated in the exhibitions: Quilombo do Rosario, curated by Roberto Conduru (2018); Sobrevivências: Sobre Vivências, curated by Ricardo Resende (2017); Play, curated by Marta Mestre and Fernanda Pequeno (2013). In 2017, he participated in the exhibition Constelar, curated by Marcelo Campos, at the Pro-Saber Institution. He also participated in the exhibition Lugares do delírio, curated by Tania Rivera, in the Museum of Art of Rio (2017) and SESC Pompeia, in São Paulo (2018) resulting in his work being acquired for MAR’s collection. He was recently one of the artists selected for the Bienal Naif, held in 2018, by SESC Piracicaba.

Atelier Gaia
Atelier Gaia is a collective studio comprising artists linked to the mental health network, some of whom were former inmates of the old asylum system that today, with psychiatric reform, now have autonomy. The participating artists are: André Bastos, Arlindo Oliveira, Clóvis dos Santos, Patricia Ruth, Pedro Mota, Leonardo Lobão, Luiz Carlos Marques, Victor Alexandre Rodrigues, and Sebastião Swayzer. The studio is managed by the Bispo do Rosário Museum of Contemporary Art,  coordinated by Diana Kolker, education manager, Ricardo Resende, curator and director Raquel Fernandes.

Bianca Bernardo
Bianca (1982, Rio de Janeiro) has an undergraduate degree in fine arts and a masters in art from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). Since 2010 she has been researching art, education and health practices. She was a member of the Experimental Nucleus of Education and Art of MAM-Rio (2011-2013) and education manager of the Bispo do Rosário Museum of Contemporary Art (2013-2017). In 2016 she presented a training program for educators at the National Museum of Las Cultures in Mexico City. In partnership with SESC, she developed the pedagogical game Caixa dos Escolhidos [Box of Chosen Ones] and the educational exhibition O Grande Veleiro [The Great Sailboat], currently in circulation. She coordinated projects for public schools between 2013 and 2017, publishing the books O Museu que Nós Queremos [The Museum We Want] and Merendeira Cor-de-Rosa: Rumo à Expedição! [Pink Lunch Box: Towards the Expedition!]. In 2017, together with her son she performed at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago (USA), as part of the project The Studio of Us, continuing her research on art and co-creation.

Carla Guagliardi
She studied at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage (1987/1989) and completed postgraduate studies in Brazilian art history and architecture at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1990-1991). With other artists of her generation, she founded the study group Visorama, which organized seminars and public debates on contemporary art from 1990 to 1995. She participated in several international programs for resident artists: Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin (1999), contemplated with MinC Virtuose Culture Bag; HIAP Helsinki International Artist-in-residence Program (2001); Khoj, Mysore (2002); Artists Residence L.A. Villa Aurora, Los Angeles (2007). She has works in several public collections, such as Collection Gilberto Chateaubriand, Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro; Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, Salvador; Brazil-United States Institute, Rio de Janeiro; UECLAA / University of Essex, Colchester; Art in General, New York; NEXT, Graz; KHOJ, Mysore; Hoffmann Collection, Berlin. From 1987 to 1988 Carla was a resident artist in the Free Expression Art project at the mental health asylum Colônia Juliano Moreira where she worked with Stela do Patrocínio, a patient who had been interned at the Colônia for decades. A book of Stela’s poems was later edited by the writer Viviane Mosé from transcribed recordings.

Clovis Aparecido dos Santos (São Paulo)
A member of the Atelier Gaia, a collective studio program for former asylum interns run by Bispo do Rosário Museum of Contemporary Art (mBrac), Clovis explores various media and materials in his fantastic creations. At mBrac he has participated in various exhibitions: Play, curated by Marta Mestre and Fernanda Pequeno (2013);  Sobrevivências: Sobre Vivências, in 2017, curated by Ricardo Resende; and Quilombo do Rosário, curated by Roberto Conduru . In 2017, he was included in the collective exhibition Constelar, curated by Marcelo Campos, at the Pro-Saber Institution. Also in 2017 and 2018 he participated in the exhibition Lugares do delírio, curated by Tania Rivera, held at the Museum of Art of Rio (MAR) and SESC Pompeia where he presented both works of his own and a collaborative piece with the artist Lívia Flores. His work is also in MAR’s collection.

Eleonora Fabião
Eleonora is a performer and performance theorist. She performs actions in the streets, presents lectures, conducts workshops and publishes internationally. In 2011 she received the Brazilian National Art Foundation (Funarte) Art in the Streets Award and, in 2014, a grant from the Rumos Itaú Cultural Program that resulted in the publication Ações/Actions (Rio de Janeiro: Tamanduá Arte, 2015). Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – Graduate Program in Arts of the Scene* and Undergraduate Program in Theatre Direction –, she holds a PhD in Performance Studies (New York University), a Master’s Degree in Performance Studies (New York University) and a Master’s Degree in Social History of Culture (PUC-RJ).
*T.N. Scene (Portuguese cena) here is understood as a staging of situations, events and performances and is not specific to the technical scenic arts or scenography.

Elielton Queiroz Rocha
“Telto” (1984) teaches early childhood education in a community crèche and is also an art educator, poet and co-coordinator of art, culture and citizenship at Niterói’s Macquinho Digital Urban Platform where he coordinates various socio-cultural actions.

Elisama Arnaud
Flag bearer for the Carnival bloco Loucura Suburbana.

Emília Miterofe
Emília is a social worker and holds a degree in family health from the Federal Fluminense University (UFF). She has been working as a social service supervisor for the Niterói Programa Médico de Família [Family Doctor Program (PMF)] for the past two years. She works together with the health professionals of the PMF clinical outposts and supports critical reflections on key social questions. She also acts in the dialogue with other social services with the aim of promoting a higher quality service for users.

Frederico Morais
Curator and art critic.

Gê Vasconcelos
Artist and member of the collective Norte Comum.

Gina Ferreira
Gina is a psychologist and currently a doctoral candidate in social psychology at the University of Barcelona. She worked with Nise da Silveira, as technical coordinator of Casa das Palmeiras for five years and interned with psychiatrist R.D.Laing in London at the Therapeutic Community of Mayfield Road in 1980, where she began to dedicate herself to studying clinical psychosis. She implemented the first therapeutic residency for psychotics at the Ministry of Health. She studied with Lygia Clark, specifically her work/method Estruturação do Self being authorized by the artist to use her method. She is a professor in the School of Mental Health of the Ministry of Health and at Angel Vianna’s School of Dance.

Gladys Schincariol
Psychologist and coordinator Museum of Images of the Unconscious.

Glaucia Villas Boas
Glaucia is a sociologist and is a full professor in the graduate program in Sociology and Anthropology, at Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro ((UFRJ). She coordinates the Center for Research in Sociology of Culture (UFRJ) where she develops research on modern and contemporary Brazilian art with the support of CNPq. Recently she was a visiting professor in the Arts, Culture and Languages Program at UFJF. She is co-editor of All Arts. Luso-Brazilian Magazine of Arts and Culture.

Hélio Carvalho
Artist and professor in the art department at Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) where he is also coordinator of the undergraduate art program.

Izabela Pucu
Izabela is an artist, curator, researcher and cultural manager. She has a PhD in History and Art Criticism PPGAV / EBA / UFRJ. She was director and curator of the Hélio Oiticica Municipal Art Center (2014-2016) and coordinator of projects of the EAV Parque Lage (2008 to 2011). She was researcher for the book Mário Pedrosa: Primary Texts, (eds. Gloria Ferreira and Paulo Herkenhoff, MoMA / NY, 2016) and edited the books Roberto Pontual: Critical work (City Hall of Rio / Azougue, 2013), Imediações: Criticism by Wilson Coutinho (Funarte / Petrobrás, 2008) and was curator of exhibitions such as, “Osmar Dillon: não objetos poéticos” (2015), “Ivan Henriques: Relandscape / Repaisagem” and “A lágrima é só o suor do cérebro” featuring the work of the artist Gustavo Speridião (2016).

Josemias Moreira Filho
Josemias is a photographer and educator and works as co-coordinator of art, culture and citizenship at Macquinho (Digital Urban Platform). He was involved from the beginning in the Arte Ação Ambiental [Art Environmental Action] project developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói (MAC) in collaboration with the community of Morro do Palácio and the Family Medical Program between 1998 and 2014.

Lívia Flores
Lívia is an artist and researcher. She holds a PhD in visual arts from EBA /UFRJ. She is an adjunct professor in the School of Communications and the Postgraduate Program in Visual Arts at the School of Fine Arts at UFRJ. She has held various solo exhibitions including at the Progetti Gallery (Rio de Janeiro), MAMAM (Recife) and the Santa Mònica Art Center (Barcelona) and has participated in collective exhibitions in Brazil and abroad, such as Lugares do Delírio (where she was one of the artists in residence at the Museu Bispo Rosário de Arte Contemporânea) Passagens: Serralves Collection, Prêmio Situações Brasília and 26th São Paulo Biennial. The book Livia Flores ArtBra collection (Rio de Janeiro: Automatica, 2013) is an important reference on her work.

Luiz Carlos Marques 
Part of the collective studio Atelier Gaia comprising former asylum interns, run by the Bispo do Rosário Museum of Contemporary Art (mBrac), Luiz Carlos works in various media from painting to installation with a focus on hanging bamboo and line facilities. At mBrac Luiz Carlos has participated in the exhibitions: Quilombo do Rosario, curated by Roberto Conduru (2018); Sobrevivências: Sobre Vivências, curated by Ricardo Resende (2017); Play, curated by Marta Mestre and Fernanda Pequeno (2013). In 2017, he participated in the exhibition Constelar, curated by Marcelo Campos, at the Pro-Saber Institution. He also participated in the exhibition Lugares do delírio, curated by Tania Rivera, in the Museum of Art of Rio (2017) and SESC Pompeia, São Paulo (2018). His work is in MAR’s collection.

Luiz Carlos Mello
Director / curator of the Museum of Images of the Unconscious.

Lula Wanderley
Lula is an artist, born in Pernambuco, who has lived in Rio de Janeiro since 1976. In Recife he worked as a graphic artist in newspapers and magazines and experimented with visual poetry. Simultaneously, he studied medicine and graduated from the Federal University of Pernambuco. In Rio, he collaborated with Nise da Silveira at the Casa das Palmeiras, and with her and Mario Pedrosa on the project to reformulate the Museum of Images of the Unconscious, sponsored by FINEP. He has held individual exhibitions, among them A estratégia angular de um poema (CMAHO, curator Izabela Pucu, 2016) and participated in various collective exhibitions such as the recent Lugares do delírio curated by Tania Rivera. He also collaborated with Lygia Clark on her research on art / body / psychism. He created EAT in late 1980s which he continues to coordinate and where he has been working with psychotic patients for over 25 years, with the goal of constantly searching for an experimental and poetic clinical practice.

Luiz Guilherme Vergara
Luiz Guilherme Vergara is a professor in the art department and the Postgraduate Program in Contemporary Studies of the Arts at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF). As former curator/director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói (MAC) (2005-2008) he curated numerous exhibitions including Poetics of the Infinite (2005) and Lygia Clark: Poetic Shelter (MAC, 2006) as well as the outreach initiative Arte Ação Ambiental [Art Environmental Action] (1998-2014)) working with the favela community of Morro do Palácio. In 2013, on returning to MAC as director (2013-2016), he curated a number exhibitions with Brazilian artists including Alexandre Dacosta, Suzana Queiroga and Carlos Vergara and co-curated the exhibition Joseph Beuys: Res-Publica: Conclamation for A Global Alternative. His research interests focus on the interface between art, museums and society, and he is co-editor of Revista MESA.

Luiz Hubner
Luiz Hubner graduated in dentistry from Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) in 1980. He has a specialization in Health Services Administration (1986) and a master’s degree in social dentistry (1998) both from UFF and a PhD in health sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2012). He has been a professor in the Institute of Collective Health at Fluminense Federal University since 1983. He also served as one of the group coordinators of Programa Médico Família in Niterói up until December 2012. In 2017 he was Undersecretary of Health for the city of Nova Friburgo. He acts as the pedagogical and regional coordinator of distance learning courses for municipal managers of SUS [Brazilian Public Health System] a program run in partnership with UFF and the Ministry of Health.

Luiz Sérgio de Oliveira
Luiz Sérgio de Oliveira is an artist and full professor of the department of contemporary poetics of the Fluminense Federal University where he also teaches in the Postgraduate Program in Contemporary Studies of the Arts (PPGCA-UFF), a program he also coordinated from 2008 – 2013. He holds a PhD in visual art from UFRJ (2006) and master’s degree in art from New York University (1991) and a degree in visual arts (painting) from EBA- UFRJ (1978). He is the editor of Poiésis Magazine (PPGCA-UFF). His research interests revolve around articulations between art, politics and democracy.

Magda Chagas
Magda Chagas is an adjunct professor in the Institute of Collective Health at the Federal University of Fluminense (UFF). She has a PhD in health sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She is a member of the Nucleus of Studies and Research in Health Management and Work (NUPGES / CNPq) and is part of the coordination team of the distance education course Micropolitics of Work and Health Management / MS / UFF. She has a master’s degree in health sciences from the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) and has specializations in: health systems and services from ENSP / FIOCRUZ; bioethics from the University of São Paulo (USP) and educational health processes with an emphasis on the facilitation of active teaching-learning methodologies (HSL-IEP). She graduated in public health nursing from the University of São Paulo and has a degree in nursing from the Universidade Gama Filho. Her research and teaching interests focus on: collective health, permanent health education, the micropolitics of health work, health system planning and management, and the process of dying as a life power.

Marcelo Correa
Marcelo Correa is a photographer and over the past 20 years has worked with a variety of Brazilian publications mainly featuring his portraits. In 2016 he was part of the art residency project CASA B artistic residence run by the Bispo do Rosário Museum of the Contemporary Art where the interview for the Care as Method video conversation was also held.

Maria Célia Vasconellos
Coordinator of the implementation of the Programa Médico de Família [Family Medical Program] in Brazil and is currently Municipal Health Secretary of Niterói.

Pablo Meijueiro
Artist and member of the collective Norte Comum.

Rafael Zacca
Rafael is a poet and critic. Co-coordinator of the Oficina Experimental de Poesia [Experimental Poetry Workshop]. He is currently a PhD candidate in philosophy at PUC-Rio researching the work of Walter Benjamin. He collaborates with Jornal Rascunho and Revista Escamandro and develops poetry workshops in universities, schools, cultural centers and festivals. His poetry is published in Kraft (2015, Cozinha Experimental) and Mini Marx (2017, 7Letras), and the recently released A Estreita Artéria das Coisas. He is a co-author of Almanaque Rebolado (2017, CMAHO, Azougue, Cozinha Experimental, Garupa), a poetry workshop book.

Raquel Fernandes
Raquel is the director of the Bispo do Rosário Museum of Contemporary Art. She holds a degree in cinema from the Estácio de Sá University (2007) and a PhD from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1991). She has an MBA in Museum Management from Cândido Mendes University (2016) and specialization in psychoanalysis, from Universidade Santa Úrsula (2000).

Ricardo Resende
Ricardo Resende is the curator of the Bispo do Rosário Museum of Contemporary Art. Prior to this he was the general director of the São Paulo Cultural Center from 2010 to 2014. He holds an MA in Art History from the School of Art and Communications of the University of São Paulo (USP). He is the author of the first book about the artist Hudinilson Jr, Posição Perigosa, with the support of Itaú Cultural.

Rogê de Oliveira Candido
Nurse and director of the Núcleo Teixeira Brandão, IMAS Juliano Moreira.

Tânia Marins
Tânia Marins is an occupational therapist. She holds a masters degree in collective health from the Institute of Collective Health at Fluminense Federal University (UFF) and specializations in social psychiatry from the National School of Public Health of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (ENSP / FIOCRUZ) (1992) and permanent health education from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul South (UFRGS) (2015). She worked in the mental health asylum Colônia Juliano Moreira from 1982 – 1985 where she encountered the outsider artist/intern Bispo do Rosário. She currently works in the Institute of Collective Health at UFF teaching in the post-graduate program and assisting in research and outreach activities. Research areas: psychiatric reform, national policy on humanization and permanent education in health.

Tania Rivera
Tania is an essayist, psychoanalyst and professor in the art department and Postgraduate Studies in Contemporary Arts at the Federal Fluminense University (UFF). Highlights of her curatorial work include: Lugares do delírio (Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), 2017 and the partnership with Luiz Sérgio de Oliveira in Nos limites do corpo (Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, 2016). She is author of the books Hélio Oiticica e a Arquitetura do Sujeito (2012, UFF) and O Avesso do Imaginário. Arte Contemporânea e Psicanálisce (2013, CosacNaify) among others.

Túlio Batista Franco
Túlio Batista Franco is a psychologist and associate professor in the Institute of Collective Health at Federal Fluminense University (UFF), where he was also until recently dean of human resources. He holds a PhD in collective health from Unicamp and a post-doctorate in health sciences from the University of Bologna, Italy. He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Basic Attention of the National Health Council, and is Leader of the Research Group of Labor Studies and Subjectivity in Health – LETRASS / CNPq-UFF. He is also a member of the Italian-Brazilian Laboratory of Training, Research and Practices in Collective Health. Author of books and articles on work and health care, micropolitics, subjectivity studies, indigenous health.

Vitor Pordeus
Vitor is an actor, doctor and transcultural psychiatrist and founder of the Popular University of Art and Science (2010) and Theater Clinic Therezinha Moraes (2018). From 2009 – 2016 he was founding coordinator of the Nucleus of Culture, Science and Health of the Municipal Health Department of Rio de Janeiro where at the Instituto Municipal Nise da Silveira he lead the projects Theater of DyoNises and Hotel de Loucura [Madness Hotel]. Author of the book Restoring the Art of Healing (2018). In 2018 he was also a professor in the Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University, Montreal Canada.

William Moreira
DJ and producer, Wiliam Moreira currently works as the studio coordinator of Macquinho: Urban Digital Platform. His most recent projects include: Macquinho ON a monthly open mic program of performance, music and films by independent artists and The Black IN, an event focusing on Afro and Afro-Brazilian music.


1 Mia Couto. Fio das missangas. São Paulo: Companhia das letras, 2009.

2 For more information about the exhibition Lugares do delírio: Also see Tania’s essay in this issue [link]