Fala da Terra [Voice of the Land] (2022)_1

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca

Bárbara Wagner: Brasília, Brazil, 1980
Benjamin de Burca: Munich, Germany, 1975





Working together for over a decade, Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca produce videos and video installations in dialog with other artists and collectives. The duo has developed a research method according to documentary observation and investigation, constructing the direction, screenwriting, costumes, and soundtracks in collaboration with the protagonists of each project. This horizontal way of working is crucial for transmitting the frequently urgent, socially and historically determined content of their audiovisual investigation. In their approaches to modes of artistic making, social types and political friction are formative elements of discourse.

Their solo exhibitions include One Hundred Steps, De Pont Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands (2022); Five Times Brazil, New Museum, New York, USA (2022); One Hundred Steps, The Model Arts Centre, Sligo, Ireland (2022); Swinguerra, ICA Boston – Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, USA; Bretagne, Rennes, France (2022); Swinguerra, Brazilian Pavillion, 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2018); Terremoto Santo, The Box, Wexner Centre for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, USA (2018).The artists have also participated in the group exhibitions Dance! – Movement in the visual arts 1880-2020, HAM – The Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland (2022); One Hundred Steps, Manifesta 13 Marseille, France (2020); Because the Night, Fotomuseum Winthertur, Winthertur, Switzerland (2018); Wagner/De Burca, Skulptur Projekte, Münster, Germany (2017); Incerteza Viva, 32a Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, Pavilhão da Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2016)

The duo has works in important public collections, such as CIFO – The Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection, Miami, USA; De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, Netherlands; DSM, Heerlen, Netherlands; FUNDAJ – Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, Recife, Brazil; ICA Boston – Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, USA; IMS – Instituto Moreira Salles, São Paulo, Brazil; MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Coleção Pirelli-Masp de Fotografia. São Paulo, Brazil; MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; Coleção PIPA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; PAMM – Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, USA; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France; The Arts Council Collection, Dublin, Ireland.