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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Mining Imaginaries UK-Brazil

10th February 2020, 17:00 to 19:00, ER141, Elvet Riverside 1, Professor André Tavares from the History of Art Department at the Federal University of São Paulo (Brazil)

On behalf of the Centre for Culture and Ecology, I would like to warmly invite all of you to the talk by Professor André Tavares from the History of Art Department at the Federal University of São Paulo (Brazil) that will engage with the visual culture that emerged from mining/industrial exchanges between Brazil and the United Kingdom in the 18th and 19th centuries. We are very lucky to have Professor Tavares arrive from Brazil to share his research with us.


This presentation aims to offer an overview of the history of the exchanges between the UK and Brazil, particularly in relation to their respective industrialisation processes and as understood from the analysis of the visual material that has resulted from that shared history.

Approaching this subject from a comparative perspective, Professor Tavares identifies agents moving between the UK, the Iberian Peninsula and South America and discusses the role of British tradespersons, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists - both professional or amateur, men and women - on conveying their impressions of Brazil through text and image.

Primarily, but not exclusively, focusing on the turn of the 18th to 19th centuries, the present investigation aims to expand the comprehension of the arts and visual culture that emerged from the industrial revolution and how industrial landscape or related activities such as coal and iron ore mining modified the notion of landscape in Brazil, particularly in the case of Minas Gerais state.

Furthermore, Professor Tavares will discuss the eventual connections between European and South American case studies, revealing the common traits between the different industrialisation processes and its visual and environmental impact in places like Andalucia, North East England and Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina states in Brazil. Professor Tavares’ central interest and main question could be summarised as "what is the result of a clash between industrial revolution and traditional cultures and how it has been visually represented".