Book launch: Recipes for Survival

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Recipes for Survival , by Maria Thereza Alves, foreword by Michael Taussig
(University of Texas Press, 2019)


Reminiscent of the work of James Agee and Walker Evans, John Berger and Jean Mohr, this volume presents a searing photo documentary of life in southern Brazil by the award-winning artist and activist Maria Thereza Alves. “These photographs are extraordinary. They trace a direct connection with Alves’s subjects that is rare and impossible to fake. This is very different from a lot of documentary work being done today, and I think it will be a revelation to many,” says the cultural critic and poet, David Lee Strauss.

In 1983, when acclaimed Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves was an art student at Cooper Union in the United States, she returned to her native country to document the backlands of Brazil, where her family is from. Working with the local people in a collaborative process that has become the hallmark of her mature work, Alves asked, “What do we want the world to know about us?” The villagers told Alves who to photograph, and they began to talk to her about what was important to write.  Unlike documentation created by outsiders, which tends to objectify Brazil’s indigenous and rural people, Recipes for Survival presents the people who participated in the work as active agents who are critically engaged with history.

Giving a voice to those who have been silenced, Recipes for Survival is, in Alves’s words, “about we who are the non-history of Brazil.”

For more information about the book, go to:


Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. Room 258 (George Reid Community Room)
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Submission Deadline for The Global Experience Project 2018

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Friday, March 23, 2018 - 4:00pm

Are you interested in the role of art in social change on an international scale?

Do you want to expand your practice, travel abroad and obtain an OCAD U credit?

Are you interested in becoming a Global Experience Project Fellow?

Apply for the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project—an exciting opportunity to work alongside acclaimed Brazilian contemporary artist, Maria Thereza Alves.

2018 The Global Experience Project (GEP) : The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project (GEP) is a trailblazing initiative designed to explore and build Canada’s prominence in global communities of art and culture. Piloted in 2016-2017, GEP brought renowned British artist Isaac Julien to OCAD U. Connecting OCAD U students to experiential learning opportunities in Toronto, Buffalo, NY, and London, UK.

GEP is centred on an immersive studio-based course, taking place in Toronto and abroad, that allows OCAD U students to work with pre-eminent artists and other notable scholars in dynamic, international contexts.  In 2018-19, the Cross-disciplinary course “Recipes of Resistance” will bring contemporary Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves to OCAD U for a period of 5 to 9 weeks. Alves’ residency is designed to coincide with a dedicated course that has been designed by Professor Min Sook Lee. The objective of this course is to guide students to create socially impactful art, do research and engage with timely social issues. Additionally, Alves will produce work in the studio while interacting with students and faculty. Later in the Fall 2018 semester, students and faculty leads will travel to Naples, Italy to visit Alves’ studio and take up a residency. Student airfare and accommodations are generously supported by the GEP.

CROS-3XXX Recipes of Resistance, with Maria Thereza Alves

Fall 2018 / Credit Value: 0.5 / Instructor: Min Sook Lee

Pre-Requisite: 8.0 Credits, Good Academic Standing (70% average min.)

Open to Faculty of Art Graduate and Undergraduate Students

About the Artist

Alves’ art projects focus on decolonizing knowledge. She investigates strategies of survivance that give space and voice to silenced histories. Since the early 1990s, Alves has addressed both the devastating effects of Portuguese imperialism on the Indigenous peoples of her native Brazil and the impact of the Spanish conquest of the Americas. 

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a portfolio and CV. In your letter, you should outline how you see this international opportunity helping you continue building your creative practice. Special attention will be given to applicants whose work explores thematic and conceptual issues investigated by the artist Maria Theresa Alves. All applicants are encouraged to do some research on the artist and/or to direct their questions about the course to Prof. Lee.

Submission Package:

1/ Portfolio: 10 images accompanied by relevant context information about the artworks

2/ Letter of Interest: maximum 500 words.

3/ Artist Statement

4/ Curriculum Vitae

Please note that this 300-level course requires completion of 8.0 credits and Good Academic Standing (70% average or above)

A class of up to 10 students will be selected through this application process. Applications will be adjudicated by the lead faculty, Associate Dean, and a Fellow (graduate) of GEP pilot project.

Applications should be submitted in a single PDF file to John Rubino, Assistant, Outreach and International Projects, at by Friday, Mar 23, 2018.

Interested Applicants are Encouraged to Attend a GEP Information Drop-in Session:

NEW Drop-in Information Session:

Thursday, March 8, 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

100 McCaul St., room 264

(Snacks will be served)

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Public Lecture by Isaac Julien

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

We invite you to join the the Faculty of Art in welcoming Isaac Julien as the inaugural artist in residence for the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project.

The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project presents:

Public Lecture by Isaac Julien

Choreographing Moving Image: Post-Cinematic Desire and Politics of Aesthetics in TEN THOUSAND WAVES (2010)

Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m.

100 McCaul Street – Auditorium (Room 190)

Please also join us for a Community Round Table Discussion with Isaac Julien

Friday, March 31st, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Room 322, 230 Richmond Street West

What are the techniques used to display video in gallery spaces and what are visitors’ reception habits for the moving image? In Isaac Julien’s TEN THOUSAND WAVES (2010) the spectator enters the work’s space, moves in between screens and selects perspectives. The act of spectating is rendered visible by making the audience part of the installation. While an exhibition can be a space for critical reception, the usual modes of presentation for video works tend to evoke cinema spaces and position audiences in the role of passive beholders of the image. How can the space of presentation be a tool for immersion but also create a critical distance and implicate an active audience?

“In the closed space of cinema there is no circulation, no movement, and no exchange. In the darkness, spectators sink into their seats as though slipping into bed… this model is broken apart by the folding of the dark space of cinema into the white cube of the gallery."   Michael Snow on La Région Centrale

About Isaac Julien:

Isaac Julien is a Turner prize nominated artist, photographer and filmmaker. He was born in London in 1960, where he currently lives and works.

Earlier films and photographic works include “Young Soul Rebels” (1991), which was awarded the Semaine de la Critique Prize at the Cannes Film Festival; the acclaimed poetic film-essay and photographic series “Looking for Langston” (1989); and “Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask” (1996).

Julien has pioneered a form of multi-screen installations, including light-boxes and photographic works with “Western Union: Small Boats” (2007), “Ten Thousand Waves” (2010) and “Playtime: Kapital” (2014).

Julien participated in the 56th Biennale di Venezia and worked closely with its curator Okwui Enwezor (2015). He has exhibited his work in major museums and institutions across the world including “Ten Thousand Waves” at Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013-2014), which is currently exhibited at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris (2016). In 2015, Julien had a retrospective at the Depont Museum (Tilburg, the Netherlands). In 2016, he showed “Playtime” and “Kapital” at El Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City and recently had a solo photographic exhibition titled "Vintage" (Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco) displaying his photographic oeuvre from the 1980's and his seminal "Looking for Langston" series, which is also included in “Made You Look”, at The Photographers' Gallery.

Julien’s work is included in the collections of institutions around the globe. In 2013 MoMA published RIOT, a monographic survey of his career to date, featuring his films, photographic and installation works over the period.

Julien is currently producing a new work that is a poetic meditation on aspects of the life and architecture of Lina Bo Bardi. The first chapter of this work, “Stones Against Diamonds”, was shown during 2015's La Biennale di Venezia, Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach. Amongst forthcoming exhibitions, “Western Union: Small Boats” will be part of “Protest” exhibition at Victoria Miro Gallery (fall 2016).

After teaching at Harvard University (1998-2002), Julien was Professor of Media Art at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe (2009-2015) and Chair of Global Art at University of Arts London (2014-2016).

Isaac Julien is currently the OCAD University Artist in Residence for the inaugural Global Experience Project.  The Global Experience Project is generously supported by the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Auditorium (Room 190) Toronto, ON
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