The interviews presented here come from two different projects: The Studio as a Place for Dialogue (awarded by artist Lilian Maus – I Funarte Prize for Women in Visual Arts) that created multiple interfaces to further dialogue on the place women occupy in the Brazilian contemporary visual art world and resulted in the book of interviews The Ladies Have The Floor, and Women in Contemporary Art – A.I.R. Gallery (awarded by journalist Isabel Waquil – Connections Exchange Program 2014) that aimed to investigate the participation of women in the art world through the method of interview taking as studying case A.I.R. Gallery, the first women’s cooperative gallery located in New York, United States (1972).
The idea is to build a data-base of interviews on the intersection between gender and visual arts. The site Women in Contemporary Art is thus understood as a space that compiles dialogues around the work, history and perception of women who work in the visual arts scene. The purpose of this platform is to foster discussion of equal rights and access within the art field.
Interview with Vera Chaves Barcellos – Born in Porto Alegre in 1938, Vera has studied in the Netherlands and England. She has participated in a Venice Biennial, four Biennials in São Paulo and collective exhibitions throughout Latin America, Germany, Belgium, Korea, France, England, Japan, United States, Australia and the Netherlands.
Interview with Lia Menna Barreto – Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1959, Lia is a visual artist. She graduated from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil). She has held many solo exhibitions in galleries throughout Brazil and collective exhibitions around the world.
Interview with Maria Helena Bernardes – Born in Porto Alegre in 1966, Maria Helena Bernardes currently works as a teacher and writer. Graduated in Arts from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, she teaches Art History and Theory at Arena Association.
Interview with Susan Bee – American painter and publisher. Held solo exhibition at Gallery Accola Griefen and seven individual shows at A.I.R. Gallery, both in New York. She is a member of A.I.R., a cooperative gallery of women artists in New York. Published six artist books with Granary Books. Teaches at Pratt Institute since 2014. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014.
Interview with Francisca Caporali – Francisca Caporali is the founder of JA.CA – Art and Technology Center, where she currently holds the position of Artistic Coordinator. Since 2012, she is a professor at the Guignard School (Belo Horizonte, Brazil). Francisca completed her master’s degree in Barcelona and New York (CUNY, Hunter College).
Interview with Jenn Dierdorf – Artist and Director of Development and Fellowship at A.I.R. Gallery, a cooperative gallery of women artists located in New York. Her artistic work has Been displayed in several exhibitions. Since 2009 she is curator of an annual series of performances (Savoir-Faire), Which features women emerging performing artists. Dierdorf is member of ARTTABLE, College Art Association and coordinator of the Feminist Art Project.
Interview with Daria Dorosh – American artist and co-founder of AIR Gallery, cooperative gallery for women artists located in New York. Educator, researcher and activist, Dorosh works at the intersection between art, fashion, and technology with a special interest in how these fields are converging on the body. Teaches fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, and became a researcher at Smartlab, UK, where she completed her PhD.
Interview with Fabiana Faleiros – Born in 1980 in Pelotas, Brazil, Fabiana lives between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and holds a Master’s degree in Communication and Semiotics. She is currently working on her PhD in Contemporary Artistic Processes at UERJ (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Fabiana is a performance artist, singer, writer.
Interview with Glória Ferreira – Glória Ferreira has a PhD in Art History from Sorbonne in Paris. She is an adjunct professor at EBA/UFRJ (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), as well as a critic and curator
Interview with Bruna Fetter – Holding a Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Bruna has a diverse professional background with production and curatorial experience in many projects. Currently she is working on her PhD in History, Theory and Criticism at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
Interview with Maxine Heryson – American artist. Exhibited her photographs widely in the United States and Europe. Her work is in many international private and public collections, including Celanese Photography Collection, Russian Museum and the Norton Museum of Art. Henryson is member of A.I.R. Gallery, a cooperative gallery of women artists located in New York. She is the director of the Fellowship Committee of the institution.
Interview with Sara Mejia Kriendler – Kriendler was selected for the Fellowship Program at A.I.R. Gallery, a cooperative gallery of women artists in New York, between 2014 and 2015. He held solo exhibition The Anthropocene, in May in A.I.R.. Working with post-consumer waste, Kriendler’s work dialogues on issues related to consumerism, nature, geology, contemporary culture, among others.
Interview with Batriz Lemos – Graduated in Art History and a holder of a Master’s degree in Social History of Culture, Beatriz dedicates her time to independent curatorial projects and to her research, which is focused on contemporary visual arts and its developments into networks, such as Lastro and Terra UNA Residency Program.
Interview with Joanne McFarland – Artist, poet and Director of Exhibitions & Operations at A.I.R. Gallery, a cooperative gallery of women artists located in New York. McFarland held solo exhibitions at the 505 Gallery, Cave Canem Gallery, June Kelly Gallery, among other institutions. Her work includes various collections such as the Library of Congress, United Parcel Service, Columbus Museum of Art, AT & T Corporation.
Interview with Samantha Moreira – Samantha Moreira is an artist, curator and cultural manager. She is the founder and coordinator of Atelier Aberto (Campinas, Brazil), since 1997. She is a DJ for artistic projects and was responsible for initiatives related to urban mobility which were developed through concepts of art, culture and community.
Interview with Melissa Murray – American artist and member of A.I.R. Gallery, a cooperative gallery of women artists in New York. She was selected by the Fellowship Program of A.I.R. Gallery in 2013-2014, and held the solo exhibition “Traverse” at the same institution in 2014.
Interview with Laura Petrovich-Cheney – American artist, member of A.I.R. cooperative gallery of women artists in New York, and member of the national organization Women’s Caucus for Art. She was Fellowship Artist in A.I.R. between 2013-2014. Her work is in several public collections such as The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, Sculpture Park / Abington Art Center, Temple University Hospital, among others.
Interview with Joan Snitzer – Artist and Professor. Director of Visual Arts, Department of Art History at Barnard College / Columbia University, New York. Her work integrates several collections such as Franklin Furnace, Bank of America, IBM, Security Pacific National Bank, Amoco International Oil Company, among others. Snitzer was A.I.R’s director during the 1970s, a cooperative gallery of women artists located in New York.
Interview with Susan Stainman – American sculptor and member of A.I.R. Gallery, a cooperative gallery of women artists in New York. She was selected by the Fellowship Program of A.I.R. Gallery in 2013-2014, and held the solo exhibition “Color All the Way Through” at the same institution in 2014.
Interview with Jane Swavely – American abstract painter. President of the Board of Director of A.I.R. Gallery. Swavely did solo shows in institutions such as CDS Gallery, Loyola College, and A.I.R. She has been exhibiting since the 80s.
Interview with Cristiana Tejo – Cristiana Tejo is an independent curator, PhD candidate in Sociology and co-founder of Espaço Fonte – Art and Research Center. Cristiana is the curator of Made in Mirrors Project and former curator of many art institutions and initiatives.