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)
Maria Theresa Alvez

Nomadic Residency public talk - Tania Bruguera: Arte Útil

Photo Tania Bruguera, woman with long brown hair, photo by Hugo Huerta Marin
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Tania Bruguera’s projects apply the aesthetics of art to everyday life. Focusing on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness, they are intensive interventions into the institutional structure of collective memory, education, and politics.

In her public talk, as part of the Nomadic Residents series, Bruguera will discuss the concept of Arte Útil, a term that, when activated, harnesses the potential of art to shift perspectives and initiate social, political, and cultural change.

Bruguera participated in the Documenta 11 exhibition and also established the Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art) program at Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Her work has been shown in the 2015 Venice Biennale, at Tate Modern, London, Guggenheim and MoMA, New York, among others. Bruguera has recently opened the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism, in Havana - a school, exhibition space and think thank for activist artists and Cubans.

Born 1968 in Havana, Cuba, Bruguera lives and works in Havana, New York and Cambridge.

About Nomadic Residents – International Residencies at OCAD University

The Nomadic Residents program was launched in 2006. Residents include Rirkrit Tiravanija (2006) Ann Hamilton (2007), ORLAN (2008), Hal Foster (2009), Adel Abdessemed (2010), Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh (2012), Candice Breitz (2013) and Pedro Reyes (2014), and Ryan Gander (2016). The series continues with the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

Nomadic Residents aims to inspire and influence the OCAD University community and the public by featuring artists and thinkers from around the world whose work questions issues such as travel, mobility, displacement, dislocation, and homelessness, as well as the speed or instability of modern life. In bringing these innovative and diverse individuals to take up temporary residence at OCAD U, Nomadic Residents joins here to there, the local to the global and the provisional and the permanent.

For more information please contact:

Min Sook Lee
Assistant Professor, Art and Social Change
Faculty of Art


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Auditorium, room 190
FREE (Seating is limited, come early.)

Inaugural Global Experience Project takes off!

Group photo of students with Isaac Julien, Sara Diamond and Carol Weinbaum
Thursday, February 9, 2017

OCAD University is launching a trailblazing international initiative, bent on elevating Canada’s prominence in the global communities of art and culture. The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project (GEP) will bring leading international artists to Toronto for a significant residency at OCAD U over the next five years. The GEP will connect selected students with the visiting artists and notable scholars, on campus and abroad.

“We are thrilled beyond words to realize the launch of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “The opportunity to interact closely with ground-breaking international artists will shape the learning experience for OCAD U students in a way that no classroom ever could, and heighten international awareness of Toronto as a vibrant contemporary art community.”

For GEP’s inaugural year, OCAD U is hosting the renowned Isaac Julien as its artist-in-residence. A London-based filmmaker and video installation artist, Julien is working with five students who have access to the behind-the-scenes installation of his current show at the Royal Ontario Museum (Isaac Julien: Other Destinies, now on until April 23, 2017) and will participate in events involving the artist and his work, including the upcoming Images Festival, which will screen Who Killed Colin Roach? and Territories.

As part of his residency, which extends until the end of March, Julien will engage with students and the arts community through lectures, screenings and discussions. In May, GEP students will travel to London, England to spend time with Julien in his studio and learn about his process. The students will continue to develop their own projects with Julien’s feedback and critical perspective on their work, while immersed in London’s arts community.

 About The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project

In residence at OCAD U for a period of five to six weeks, each year’s visiting artist will commit to open studio hours where students can engage informally with the resident.  The artist will collaborate in faculty-led classes, conduct public presentations, create art and engage with the broader community through exhibition and/or artistic research.

While visiting the resident artist’s home community abroad, students and faculty will have the opportunity to engage with the local art community and gain exposure to a broader, international artistic network. Depending upon the resident artist’s medium of choice, the students’ work abroad could take various forms: as in-situ art projects, gallery and studio assistance, entrepreneurial activity, research projects, community projects, artist visits and more.

Global Experience Project students will be selected through a rigorous process of faculty review based upon portfolio, grades and a formal proposal.

Introducing this year’s GEP students:  Yuling Chen, Aylan Couchie, leaf jerlefia, Aaron Moore, Justyna Werbel.

“These young artists are being given a chance to build a diverse international network that will continue to influence their development long after they leave OCAD University,” said Carol Weinbaum of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation. “We are very honoured to play a part in the development of Canada’s next generation of emerging artists.”

“The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation has been a supporter of OCAD University for nearly 15 years,” said Diamond. “We are extremely grateful for its longstanding commitment to OCAD U and continued investment in the Canadian art landscape.”

You can find more on GEP on the OCAD U website and social media:

Facebook (Global Experience Project)
Twitter (GlobalXProject)
Instagram (@globalxproject)