Artist from southern Brazil arrived in Spain on January 9 for a two-month period of research and creation
Xadalu Tupã Jekupé is the second Brazilian to join the artist residency program “Entre Tiempos” (Between Eras), carried out by Instituto Inclusartiz in partnership with the Collegium, a contemporary art center based in Arévalo, a town north of Madrid. The artist arrived in Spain on January 9 for a two-month period of immersion in the socio-cultural environment of the small Spanish municipality and its surroundings.
During the residency, the object of his research will be the missions founded by the Society of Jesus in Colonial Latin America, focusing on the figure of San Ignacio de Loyola, a character strongly linked to Arévalo and promoter of the great educational project of this Roman Catholic order. During this period, the artist will have the church of San Martín, headquarters of the Collegium, as his work studio and, at the end of his stay, a public presentation and a short film will show his work and creative process, his discoveries and the result of his insertion in this territory. The works produced by him in the “Entre Tiempos” program will be part of a solo exhibition to be held at the National Museum of Fine Arts, in Rio de Janeiro, later this year.
Born in Alegrete, in Rio Grande Sul (southern Brazil), Xadalu Tupã Jekupé is an artist of indigenous origin who uses elements of serigraphy, painting, photography and objects to address the tension between indigenous and western culture in cities through urban art. In 2021, he was a resident at Instituto Inclusartiz and held the exhibition “Tekoa Xy ‘The Land of Tupã ’” at the institute’s Cultural Center.
Developed by curator and researcher Aldones Nino, the project “Entre Tiempos” began in 2022, with the participation of artist Ayla Tavares, from Rio de Janeiro, and proposes an artistic investigation into issues related to the history, culture and traditions of the city of Arévalo and its surroundings. In a similar format to the program carried out by Instituto Inclusartiz in Rio de Janeiro, the initiative assists the awarded artists with personalized curatorial support, accommodation, a work studio and connections with other cultural agents throughout the residency period.
About the Collegium
The Collegium is an exhibition, education, research and experimentation center for modern and contemporary art located in the town of Arévalo, in Castilla y León (northwestern Spain). The institution develops a program of exhibitions and educational activities while renewing its building in the former Jesuit College of the city. The Collegium project aims to contribute to the recovery and enhancement of the rich cultural, historical and architectural heritage of Arévalo and its surroundings, revitalizing the local context and placing the town on the map of national and international contemporary art.