Talles Lopes de Oliveira

2023 Fall Fellow
Talles Lopes is an artist and architect graduated from the State University of Goiás (UEG). He lives and works in Anápolis, a city in the interior of the state of Goiás located between Goiânia and Brasília, two modern cities planned by the Brazilian state in the 20th century to boost the advance of agricultural frontiers and recolonize the country’s interior. He has participated in shows such as the 12th International Biennale of Architecture of São Paulo at CCSP - Centro Cultural São Paulo (2019), the exhibition “Brazilian Histories” (2022) at MASP - Museu de Arte de São Paulo, as well as the show “Concretos” (2022) at TEA - Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (Spain). More recently he was resident artist at the studio El Despacho in Tenerife (2021) and at the Delfina Foundation in London (2022). Based on research and revision of historical archives, he has been dedicated to investigating the colonial legacies present in the narratives of modernity and development in Brazil. Such interest has been guiding his research on the selfcolonialist logic structured by Brazil over its own territory throughout the 20th century until today, a logic often legitimized by the discourses of modernization of the country. Thus, he has been interested in investigating how design and architecture, used as symbols and instruments of developmentalist narratives, often associated with ideals of high culture and sophistication, are historically correlated with extractivist practices and discourses of ethnic-cultural supremacy that guided such neo-colonial projects of supposed modernisation in Brazil.


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