Umbelina's Cave

40 min
EN (no translation)

10/05 – 20:00
11/05 – 20:00
12/05 – 20:00

Having studied social sciences and visual arts, the São Paulo-based creator Leandro Nerefuh moves through the ambiguous territory between academic discourse and artistic creation. Through installations and exhibitions, workshops and performances, public sculptures and agitprop experiments often devised for specific contexts, he tackles the question of Brazil’s postcolonial identity using historical material that he translates into a variety of forms. At the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Nerefuh presents a lecture-performance that is as well substantiated as it is creative, exploring the myth of the female continent and the (un)becoming of the new Amerykan man in Brazil. A singular approach to history and culture.

Research & script
Libidiunga Cardoso

Leandro Nerefuh

All images, props and sound by
Leandro Nerefuh

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Beursschouwburg

Metropole Projetos (São Paulo)

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Ci, mãe do mato and technologies of gender

The Earth spins at 1670 km/h along the equator. This decreases by the cosine of the latitude so that at a latitude of 45°, cos(45) equals .707 and the speed is .707 x 1670, which equals 1180 km/h. Despite these velocities, modernity’s interchanging hierarchies BIBLE BULL BULLIT spin on wheels. Still. Leandro Nerefuh’s artistic practice, it is safe to say, spins at 1670 km/h, at least.

Vei, a Sol

Iracema (1st economic index: Brazil is the largest exporter of coffee, consolidating its economy by depending on external capital. Iracema is the myth of the native woman who falls for the white man and is destitute of her indigenousness. The she American continent is penetrated by the crusader, technological Man. See José de Alencar’s Iracema of 1865. See also, Shakira La La La).


Vôte vôte coandu!
Vôte vôte cuati!
Vôte vôte taiaçu!
Vôte vôte pacari!
Vôte vôte canguçu!

Norma Iracema (the aftermath of the Estate policy of ‘whitening’ the Brazilian population as a sign of economic and social progress. Iracema was, in fact, white, and had blue eyes! See O Cruzeiro 1951. See also Coca-Cola’s poster girl Gaby Amarantos).

Umbelina Valéria (artist Flavio de Carvalho discloses the fictionalization of Norma Iracema in a film from 1958. Angelical native woman Iracema/Umbelina was imprisoned by the savages (sic) and became a Goddess. See Monika Lewinsky and cyber bullying).


Iracema (2nd economic index: Iracema is now a prostitute who sells her body at a cheap rate on the Transamazônica unfinished highway. Brazil is under a military dictatorship and the inflation rate is at 41% per year. See Jorge Bodanzky and Orlando Senna’s film Iracema, Uma Transa Amazônica of 1976. See also Britney Spears’ market phenomenon Hit Me Baby One More Time, made at age 17).

Linda pastorinha
Que fazeis aqui?
Vim buscar meu gado,
-- Maninha,
Que eu aqui perdi


Gisele Bündchen (3rd economic index: Speculations on the just white, barely Latin, heavily plasticised billionaire. Post – pre-salt Iracema. See Beyoncé, or the 21st century version of Robocop hatched from the 1980s: a programmed faux pas of an emancipated female with the heart of an emotionally disturbed young soldier, or a broken weapon that keeps the warlike capitalist system running. After 26482745721 tweets and likes, we claim: They made it!).

Meu boi bonito,
Boi alegria,
Dá um adeus
Pra toda família!

Ôh…é bumba,
Folga meu boi!
Ôh…é bumba,
Folga meu boi!

Ci, mãe do mato não queria brincar

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Leandro Nerefuh (b. 1975) is a research-based artist. He studied History of Art at Goldsmiths College, London, graduating in 2007, and holds an MRes in Humanities and Culture from the London Consortium. His work deals with formal translations of historical narratives, with a special interest in Latin America. Since 2009, he has exhibited internationally in institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo; Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw; W139, Amsterdam; 30th São Paulo Biennial; Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid; ICA, London; Festival Sesc and Videobrasil, Rio de Janeiro; and CCCB, Barcelona. Nerefuh is also the founder of PPUB, a political party active in Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

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