The Curatorial Department at Instituto Tomie Ohtake has two main aims. The first is to help develop and stage the Institute’s exhibition program by offering curatorial assistance, supplementary research, and support for the Production and Education teams.
The second is to develop medium- and long-term research projects with a view to publication, and geared towards broadening our understanding of the Institute’s areas of interest, with a particular focus on contemporary art produced in Brazil over the last six decades.
The Curatorial team at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake is led by Paulo Miyada and comprises Carolina De Angelis, Julia Lima, Olivia Ardui and Priscyla Gomes. The Department’s research in the field of Brazilian art began in 2011, with a focus on promoting national artists working across various artistic areas and encouraging debate around contemporary art. With projects like Arte Atual, the department proposes to stage group exhibitions showcasing the work of young artists, highlighting their latest research and creating a space where experimental projects can become a reality and be shared with a wider audience.
Paulo Miyada. is a curator and contemporary art researcher. He studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of São Paulo, where he went on to receive his MA in the History and Foundations of Architecture and Urbanism. He worked as an assistant curator for the 29th São Paulo Biennale (2010), was a member of the curatorial team at Itaú Cultural’s “Rumos” program from 2011–13, and is currently the co-curator of the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art’s 34th Brazilian Art Panorama, along with Aracy Amaral. He is the Curator at Instituto Tomie Ohtake.
Carolina De Angelis. Graduate in Art: History, Criticism and Curating at the Pontificia Universidade Católica in São Paulo. She joined the Research and Curatorial Center in 2014.
Julia Lima. Holds a BA in Art: History, Criticism and Curating from Pontificia Universidade Católica in São Paulo, and attended the Courtauld Institute of Art summer program. She spent two years working for the city of São Paulo’s Office for Culture, as an assistant curator, and was the Projects Coordinator for Instituto Tomie Ohtake’s Education Program. She is currently a member of the Institute’s Research and Curatorial Center.
Olivia Ardui. Curator and researcher. She graduated in Modern and Contemporary Art History from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), where she also studied for her MA on the artist David Claerbout. She has worked as an assistant curator for the 12th Cuenca Biennale – Ir para volver (2013–14) – and on independent curatorial projects.
Priscyla Gomes. Curator and researcher. She studied Architectecture and Urban Planning at the University of São Paulo, where she is now finishing her MA in Theory and History of the Arts. Since graduating, her research has focused on the relationship between architecture and the arts. She currently runs “Filming Architecture”, an itinerant academic workshop that explores narrative representations of architecture, carried out in partnership with architecture schools.