Digital Residency Vila Sul
Digital Residency Vila Sul | © Vila Sul

Vila Sul is the Goethe-Institut’s artist residency in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. Geographically, Salvador de Bahia lies along the coast of the ‘Black Atlantic’; historically, it was Brazil’s first capital; and culturally, it has been largely Afro-Brazilian. The city thus forms an important node in the south to south dialogue. The residency is aimed at recognised intellectuals or researchers, while its overarching theme is the south.

Vila Sul’s current residents—Thó Simões (Malanje), Koffi Mensah Akagbor, (Ouagadougou), Émilie B. Guérette (Montreal), and Renata Martins (Bonn)—could not travel to Salvador due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are completing their residencies digitally, which is also a new experience for the institution. The residents will present the initial results from this period at the Latitude festival and offer insights into their work.

TransAções: Mapping of Trans Artists in Brazil  |  Exhibition

TransAções: Mapping of Trans Artists in Brazil © Agência Skooby Artists: Amora Julia Cunha Bueno, Benjamin Modrý Sant'Anna Pimentel, Érica Magalhães, Felipa Queiroz, Guilhermina Augusti da Silva Santos, Léo de Melo Monteiro, Levi Mota Muniz, A Banida, Lino Alves Arruda, Marcela Meirelles, Paulo Bevilacqua​, PorcaFlor, Victório Martins Fróes Abraham, Vitória Martins Amaral dos Santos, Yago Goya (all from Brazil)

Concept: Renata Martins (curator, journalist, and art critic, Bonn). Curators: Renata Martins, National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals (ANTRA), Casa Aurora – Cultural and Reception Center LGBTQI+, and MONART (National Movement of Trans Artists).

Since Brazil is the world leader in crimes against sexual minorities, this exhibition creates a unique virtual space for visualising the work of trans artists in the field of fine art while also functioning as a meeting place.
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Best Regards  |  Exhibition

Best Regards © Koffi Mensah Curator: Tiago Sant’Ana (Künstler, Salvador)

Artists: Koffi Mensah Akagbor (Ouagadougou), Thó Simões (Malanje), Renata Martins (Bonn), Emilie B. Guérette (Montreal), Leila Danziger (Rio de Janeiro) and Eduardo Montelli (Brazil)

The exhibition enables contact across distances, between communications, sounds, and relationships in order to conceptualise the ability of interpersonal exchange as a strategy for visual creation. Letters, videos, and other artistic objects are juxtaposed with each other, at a time when relationships are experiencing a paradoxical moment through the prescribed distance.

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Metal contra as nuvens (Metal against Clouds)  | Exhibition

Metal contra as nuvens © Ronaldo Sales Curator: Tiago Sant’Ana (Artist, Salvador)

Artists: Koffi Mensah Akagbor (Ouagadougou), Rebeca Carapiá (Brasilien)

An encounter between the artists Koffi Mensah Akagbor from Burkina Faso and Rebeca Carapiá from Brazil: with different visions, but from places with histories closely tied to colonial wounds, the artists make works that rely on materiality in order to construct their poetic visions.
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Açúcar sobre capela (Sugar on Chapel)  | Video | 2018

Açúcar sobre capela  © Tiago Santana Künstler: Tiago Sant’Ana (Salvador)

The ruins of a rural chapel belonging to the old Paramirim Mill are covered with 100 kilos of sugar. In the performance, the artist uses sugar as a way to highlight the mill – today forgotten and deteriorated by time – as a space that catalysed the processes of slave-like racial violence in Brazil.

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Untouchable | Installation and Performance | 2020

Unberührbar © Intocavel Artist: Thó Simões

How is it going to be? Will we be able to ... And the feelings ... Love ... The longings ... What should we do with them ... How can we fullfill them? Will we be left ... The people!?

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Rio de Janeiro Continua Lindo? | Short film | 2018

Rio de Janeiro Continua Lindo? © Émilie B. Guérette Artist: Émilie B. Guérette

The port area of ​​Rio de Janeiro, which in recent years has been the target of radical urban changes in favour of tourism and international investors, is also a space of popular resistance. The short documentary film Rio de Janeiro Continua Lindo? (Is Rio de Janeiro Still Beautiful?) presents different popular housing projects, where the population of the region struggles to maintain their right to the city. This video is the result of a co-creation process between representatives of four social movements, residents of squats and popular housing projects in the port area and the Canadian film maker Émilie B. Guérette. The video was produced as part of the international ethnographic research Helping the Poor Stay Put by the Syracuse University (USA), the King's College London (England), the Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil) and the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) – which compares several models of popular housing in the central region of Rio de Janeiro.

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Virtual Writers’ Room Brazil | Virtual scenic reading of “Ar-f-ar” | 2020

Virtueller Writers' Room © Leonel Henckes Playwrights: Diego Pinheiro, Aldri Anunciação, Mônica Santana, Maria Shu und Jhonny Salaberg (alle aus Brasilien)
Ensemble: Márcia Lima, Lais Machado, Filipe Ramos, Marina Esteves und Caboclo de Cobre (alle aus Brasilien)

The playwrights Aldri Anunciação, Diego Araúja, Jhonny Salaberg, Maria Shu and Mônica Santana present the result of their joint work on an unpublished theatre text in the form of a stage reading. The text was written live and publicly in a digital archive during one month under the current conditions of social isolation. The work entitled Ar-f-ar was created as part of the Sala de Dramaturgia Virtual Brasil, a project of the Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia in partnership with the platform Melanina Digital. The Virtual Dramaturgy Room Brazil began on 8th April with a video conference in which the five authors* discussed themes, arguments and mottoes for the text. The group then worked online in a digital file available at, which allows anyone interested to follow the writing of the play as it takes place.

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(English subtitles are available for this film. Please activate captions on YouTube.)