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Iracema (de questembert) - Maria Thereza Alves

Video,
 Color, Sound 2010 I 26min

CREDITS
Director, screenplay and editor: Maria Thereza Alves
Produced by: Alves-Durham GbR
Camera, Sound, Assistant Director: Cristian Manzutto

Iracema, a young indigenous woman, leaves the village of Corubime in Brazil for the first time in her life the day after her twenty first birthday for Paris. There she is informed by a solicitor that her recently deceased French father, Pascal de Questembert, has left her the vast estate of the ancient de Questembert family. He also informs her that since her family had been considerable political leaders, the civic authorities are ready to purchase the estate from her. Iracema informs the solicitor that she has no intention of selling the estate and will instead remain in France. She founds the Questembert Institute for Art and Science and becomes an artists/scientist.

 

 

 

 

In the fictional docudrama, “Iracema”(de questembert), specially made for the Lyon biennale, maria thereza alves recounts the story of Iracema, a young indigenous woman from the isolated brazilian village of corubime. Iracema makes the long journey from her village to são Paulo and then to France, where she learns that she has just inherited her father’s estate. Iracema is now the owner of a vast property which the local authorities would like to buy from her rather than see it in the hands of a “savage”. undaunted, Iracema fights to keep her property, where she later founds the questembert Institute for art and science. she makes speeches at the World social Forum in Porto alegre questioning the legality of French statehood and sets about meeting artists and thinkers such as carla accardi, Fabrice Hybert, constantine brancusi and Olivier messiaen.

With the support of:

Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon X, Zerynthia and Fondazione Volume

Académie Française in Rome and MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arte del XXI Secolo

 

 

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