More of What We Don't See
Past Lecture

More of What We Don't See

More of What We Don't See
April 6, 2021 | 8 pm CEST | with Keyna Eleison, Co-Artistic Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro


How can individual effort help forge collectivism, when the structure of society leads us to lonely victories…? It is enough to be a feminized body and, moreover, to have a racialized body. Then you alone stand for a whole generation: one speech, one hit, and it’s suddenly one collective mistake. How to deal with this social segmentation, if art and struggle are linked as both the matter and the means of thought? How to position oneself on one side of humanity and raise awareness of our responsibility, even if passive in it? I realize that joining a choir is one way of putting body and voice into being part of a shared project, even though it has its strengths and limitations. Another way is to pay attention to what we do not see, and what is not seen structurally. More questions than answers…” Keyna Eleison

“When I bite the word, please don't rush me, I want to chew, rip between your teeth, the skin, the bones, the marrow of the verb, and so.. to verse the core of things...”—Conceição Evaristo, Calm and Silence, 2008

Keyna Eleison has an MA in Art History and a BA of Philosophy. She's is member of the African Heritage Commission for awarding the Valongo Wharf region as a World Heritage Site (UNESCO), and was a curator of the 10th. International Biennial of Art SIART, in Bolivia. Currently, she's a chronicler of Contemporary & Latin America magazine, and Professor of the at the School of Visual Arts at Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro. She's also Artistic Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro mam.rio in partnership with Pablo Lafuente.

→ This second part of the conference series Making and Unmaking Exhibitions — Sustainability in Times of Planetary Crisis can be watched on the Centre culturel suisse. Paris Youtube channel:


Making and Unmaking Exhibitions
Sustainability in Times of Planetary Crisis

The Centre culturel suisse. Paris and the design research and publishing platform Futuress now propose a series of lectures reflecting on a more sustainable cultural sector, which will take a self-critical look at the social and political ramifications of our quest for more just futures for all. Since sustainability touches on issues of climate, space, diversity, and social justice, the program invites curators, museum directors, artists, designers, and community organizers to tackle these topics from their varied respective perspectives.

A Coproduction by the Centre culturel suisse. Paris and Futuress.org

April 2, 2021 | 12:30 PM
Srijan-Abartan: Workshop for Exhibition Making and Unmaking
Roundtable with Diana Campbell Betancourt, Prem Krishnamurthy, Dries Rodet, Inteza Shariar, moderated by Nina Paim

April 6, 2021 | 9 pm CEST
More of what we don’t see
Lecture by Keyna Eleison, Co-Artistic Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro

April 20, 2021 | 9 pm CEST
Trees in Forests, Webs, Onions
Lecture by Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator of General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries, London

April 27, 2021 | 12:30 PM
Exhibiting for Earthly Habitability
Lecture by Fiona Cameron, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University

April 27, 2021 | 9 pm CEST
Wet Paint
Lecture by Ramaya Tegegne, Artist and Cultural Organizer based in Geneva