Vivian Cintra
Born in Sorocaba, São Paulo State, Brazil (1984)

Gerrit Rietveld Academie
DOGTIME Fine Arts / BA
Class of 2022 (Thesis Award Nominee)


Bio

(She/Her) is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, lawyer, writer and researcher born and raised in Sorocaba (countryside of São Paulo State), Brazil. Since 2009, she has lived and worked in The Netherlands. She is also the Co-Founder and Co-chair of ENGAGEMENT ARTS NL, an artist-led non-profit organization that advocates for safer working spaces within the arts in The Netherlands through public engagement, education, and research contribution.


Artistic Statement

My research-based practice includes paintings, textile sculptures, performances, writings and video collages. My works are a combination of autonomous and socially-oriented projects - the latter often generated from a very personal story that I feel called upon to address in my work, that unravels to reveal larger social-political issues behind it. I like to understand and address art not only as of the stand-alone aesthetic result of individual expression, but as a process that is generated within personal circumstances and informed by social-political context.

Contact: vivian.cintra@gmail.com

BFA Rietveld Academy, Thesis Award Nominee

Title “Let me tell you the truth”150 pages


Abstract: This dissertation offers an analysis of the politics of truth and speech, taking into account the historical influence of gender, identity, race, caste and colonialism in the access to the truth-claim. In order to offer a disruption to the often abstract and conceptual discussion of critical theory, this paper uses three narratives as satellite stories to the academic investigation of the themes proposed. These stories also anchor the author and the reader to what is truly at stake - the realm of human experience.

Extract: “You see, the act of determining something as truth is bipartisan: it requires an active part that claims that something is the actual state of things, and a passive part that accepts it as such; a truth claimer without an accepter is just a theorist (conversely, a theorist with an accepting audience may effectively be considered a truth-teller). For the active part of the equation, the intention is of extreme relevance: the truthfulness of the truth-teller, meaning the intentional honesty of the one telling the story, absent of intentionally deceptive will, is almost constitutive of the truth and a pre-condition for its acceptance; (…) - and yet, from the passive part, there isn’t an equivalent threshold: against overwhelming evidence, the passive part of the equation can somewhat not accept (i.e., not believe in) the truth-teller. Much as vision, accepting the truth seems to be an act of choice: just as we only see what we look at, we may only accept what we choose to (hear) - that act, in itself, likely to be affected by what we know or what we choose to believe (to be most likely probably true).”

For purchasing this book, please contact me or visit: https://shop.rietveldacademie.nl/products/let-me-tell-you-the-truth








VIA CURA

(a quasi film), cerca 10 minutes

video-installation


Via Cura is a deconstructed film, based on a script that was written without any intention of ever being performed. The plot is a critical fabulation exercise on the Myth of Cura, the Roman Goddess of Care (as unearthed by German philosopher Martin Heidegger, in Being and Time), and the quest for metaphysical healing (materialized in the personification of the myth and the search for the path towards Cura).

The Goddess of Cura (also known as Aera Cura) is attributed in early Roman mythology as the creator of humanity. The myth was first told by the first-century mythographer Hyginus, who narrated in his Fabulae compilation that humankind was created from clay by the personification of care (Cura). And yet, for centuries, the Myth of Cura became largely forgotten in Roman Mythology as the creation of humanity started to be consistently attributed to the Greek Titan Prometheus. The forgotten Myth of Cura attracted the attention of German philosopher Heidegger, who observed a double sense in the personification of Cura. The word “Cūra”, in Latin, has different translations: some consider it to derive from the Latin word “cūrāre,” having a similar meaning to “Care” and “concern,” as in to look closely after someone or something to secure their wellbeing and safety; some translate it as “Cure,” as in the treatment applied to restore one’s good health, to heal it. This duality of the meaning of Cura was then used by Heidegger in shaping Dasein - his notion of being-in-the-world. The problem of being (or of existing in the world) is one of the most fundamental philosophical questions in Western thought; in Being and Time, Heidegger noted that human existence is always an act of being within the world: an individual is neither a subject nor the objective world alone, but a being-in-the-world. Thus, Dasein, for Heidegger, is a way of being while caring for the immediate world in which one lives; a being that exists within the context of the structure of care: being-with-the-world is the only way in which an individual reaches its “authentic potentiality-for-being-a-whole.” To Heidegger, authentic care and concern for the Other are a calling that Dasein answers within its temporal existence on Earth. To Heidegger, it is Cura who symbolizes Dasein, as the entity which will remain in the “possession” of humanity throughout its life.

This film is not finished nor is it intended to ever be finished. A new version will be created every day during the Graduation Show.


This work is part of the ongoing series Feminist Proposition on World-Building, by the author. This work zooms in to one of the Propositions: Kinships & Radical Care.





Education

2022 - Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), DOGtime Fine Arts, Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (Thesis Award Nominee)

2016 - Orientation Year, KABK

2012 - LL.M. in Public International Law, Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands,

2012 - Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Faculdade de Direito de Sorocaba (Law School), Brazil





Shows

2022 - Graduation Show 2022, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

2021 - Si Si Spex #11, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

2021 - Studium Generale Rietveld Academie, “Resilient Bodies: Strategies and Practices of Fluid Embodiments”, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam

2020 - Group exhibition, “Unbetween, Edges of distance”, Dogtime, Online Show, broadcasted from SHEBANG, Amsterdam

2019 -  Group exhibition, “Unbetween: The Luminous Noise of Nothing and All”, Dogtime, at SHEBANG, Amsterdam

2019 - One-Off Moving Image Festival - Online festival - "Fogo" (One second movie), screed in public spaces in Valencia (ES) and Gol(Norway) in addition to the net, using QR-codes and offline wifi-spots to access with smart devices

2019 - 60seconds Festival “HUMAN versus Nature” - Urban screenings - Copenhagen (DK) & Valencia (ES)

2018 - Jonas Ohlsson’s students’ contribution to “Frankenstein” show in the Vishal, Harlem


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