Bernardo José de Souza @bersouza is a Brazilian curator and art critic based in Madrid. He was the artistic director of Fundação Iberê Camargo, Coordinator of Film, Video and Photography at Secretária de Cultura of Porto Alegre between 2005 and 2013 and co-curator of the 9th Biennial of Mercosul (Porto Alegre, 2013). Since then, he has been developing curatorial projects for different institutions in Brazil and around the globe.
Recorded in November 2021, in the interview for tropical papers, Bernardo talks about his path as a curator and his line of research. Science fiction has always been central to his practice and is understood as a language to navigate current political issues. In order to challenge a new perspective of identities, he plays with notions of abnormality and monstrosity, exploring the space as a future dimension.
Bernardo shares his most recent projects such as “An exhibition with works by…” at the Kunstinstituut Melly in Rotterdam and those in progress: window displays in the multicultural neighborhood of Lavapiés in the Spanish capital.
The projects of tropical papers are supported by the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso under the aegis of the Fondation de France.