Residency period: August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016

IEAT Resident, Professor Maria do Carmo Freitas Veneroso is an artist researcher and Professor at the School of Fine Arts at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. PhD in Literary Studies from the Faculty of Letters of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2000) and Master (Master of Fine Arts – MFA) from the Pratt Institute, New York, USA (1984). Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Fine Arts of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (1978). Postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University Bloomington, USA (2009). She works on the relationships between the arts, focusing on the artist’s book, the multiple, the expanded field of printmaking and its intersections and counterpoints with writing and image in the context of contemporary art. She shares her artistic activities with teaching, research, publishing and university administration. She coordinates the Calligraphies and Writings research group. She has experience in the field of Visual Arts, Theory, Criticism and History of Art, working mainly on the following subjects: contemporary art, engraving, artist’s book, photography, relations between word and image, memory, archive and appropriation in the arts. He is a member of the permanent staff of the Graduate Program in Arts at the School of Fine Arts of UFMG, which he helped to found, since 2001. He coordinated the implementation of the first Doctorate in Arts in the State of Minas Gerais and fifth in Brazil, at the School of Fine Arts Arts at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2006). She is a member of the editorial board of three magazines of Graduate programs in Brazilian universities and abroad, of the Revista do Instituto Arte das Américas, of which she is a member. She was a professor at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, in 2009, and coordinates cooperation exchanges with that university. She has works in the collection of the Fine Arts Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, the Museu de Arte da Pampulha and in private collections. She has exhibited her artistic production in Brazil and abroad. She publishes books and articles about her research in national and international journals and academic journals. She organizes and participates in national and international events in her area. She is a CNPq Research Productivity Scholar and Ad-Hoc consultant for Capes and CNPq. She is a member of the Brazilian Art History Committee, the Brazilian Association of Art Critics (ABCA), the IAWIS – International Association of Word and Image Studies, the Southern Graphics Society, USA and the IMPACT International Multi-disciplinary Printmaking Conference.


The project, which favors interart relations, through intermediality, also encompassing transdisciplinary crossings between the arts and other disciplines, having as its theme the exploration of the dialogue between contemporary artists’ books and books considered rare or special from the 16th to 19th centuries, belonging to the Collection of Artists’ Books and the Collection of Rare and Special Works of the UFMG University Library (BU/UFMG).

The works make up two important collections belonging to UFMG, which offer a rich research material, which will be explored by this work, collaborating to form a critical fortune about the works, also contributing to their dissemination and encouraging new research. The following thematic axes will guide the research, having as main reference the relations between words and images: maps/geography (the space in/of the book), poetics/politics (the book as a weapon), the artistic/literary archive (the memory in the book), the letter as an image, the image of the letter (the words in the book), art and science (dialogues).

The project will result in the publication and curatorship of an “exhibition essay” at BU/UFMG, where artist books and rare books studied will be on display, in addition to an artist book produced specifically for this purpose, which will dialogue with a rare book from the Collection; at the opening of the exhibition there will be a seminar on the research theme; partial results of the research will be presented in seminars, conferences and congresses in Brazil and abroad; students’ work on topics relevant to the research will be supervised; texts will be published in indexed journals and collections; a postgraduate course will be created on the subject of the research. In this way, the project will integrate research, extension and teaching of contemporary art at the University, exploring it as a center for the production, conservation and dissemination of art and culture.