WHAT IS THIS?
We are a community of people connected to the arts (artists, curators, critics, collectors, etc.), from all over the world, with diverse experiences and points of view engaged in critical exchanges.
Uncool Artist promotes circulation opportunities, bonds that expand beyond the platform, and collective support in the management and execution of significant projects while empowering unique individuals.
We aim to produce critical and creative knowledge that seeks to empower subjectivities, create new communities, and transform social structures to be more inclusive, embracing human diversity. Uncool Artist is a result of 20 years of experience in distance education in Brazil that has been applied to contemporary art teaching since 2010. Uncool Artist offers customized remote and in-person learning experiences with the most up-to-date technologies and methodologies to create a prolific environment for its participants.
Maintain and strengthen our community so that it is increasingly full of exciting opportunities in art so that exceptionally creative people from different parts of the world feel truly welcomed and can produce and share artistic knowledge in a whole and sustainable way.
To be the most exciting and solid option as community-based learning and independent engagement with the international contemporary art world.
- Welcoming diversity and respect for life
- Intense and intensive production of critical thinking
- Affective, generous, and active listening
- Empowerment and agency
- Enthusiasm, proactivity, and action
- Community-based learning experiences
2e1 was established in 2010 by Carolina Paz. It initially offered study groups and mentoring programs for artistic projects. The creation of 2e1 was guided by an idea, a desire to socialize and generate knowledge related to contemporary artistic practices.
In 2012, 2e1 presented its first exhibition and the "Fachada" (Facade) project, in which several artists were able to experiment with their ideas and share their creative processes.
Since 2013, 2e1 has worked with artists, critics, and curators from various cities in Brazil and the world.
Several special projects were created, such as the artistic residency “Nômade 2e1” (Nomad 2e1) and the international art exchange program “In the care of…” Also in 2013, the in-depth training program in visual arts called “Vitamina” (Vitamin) was initiated, offering courses in Sound Art, Painting, Career Management, Art History, Installation, and Performance.
Photo: Cristina Suzuki, Val Schneider, José Bento Ferreira, Carolina Paz, Renata Huber, Sheila Ortega, and Juvêncio Vilhena on an Adobe Connect meeting in 2014.
Concluded in 2014, the “Vitamina” project was responsible for implementing synchronous and asynchronous distance education tools. These tools made it possible for artists located in different regions of Brazil and the world to access the content and discussions generated in the in-person meetings.
Coletivo 2e1 became a network of practice, experimentation, coexistence, and creation of knowledge in visual arts.
Photo: Lara Perl’s open studio invitation at our first studio space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
We moved to New York in 2018. At the time, 2e1 was still a valid format, so we wanted to preserve it. We decided not to adapt it but to keep it as a document, a digital archive, and created Uncool Artist.
Initially, it functioned as a newsletter, a blog, and a YouTube channel. Uncool Artist debuted with an email about letters, Sol Lewitt, and Eva Hesse in the first week of September 2018.
We offered free classes, organized an artist residency, strengthened connections that we brought from São Paulo, and began to form a new community.
Early in 2019, we launched our first 100% online courses as Uncool Artist: Ser Artista Hoje; Lygia Clark, Uma Poética Viva; Paulo Freire e A Práxis Artística; Escrever É Preciso; A Arte que Fazemos Na América Latina; Espinosa e a Filosofia do Afeto.
In an overwhelming year for all humanity, we sought to become stronger and more united. The number of employees and participants in our projects grew.
ILAP US starts.
For ‘DO write [right] to me,’ Uncool Artist invited artists from its community (U.S. and Latin America) to think through their artworks about the idea of remote communication, asking questions, proposing action, reflection, and dialogue.
The result is an exhibition that speaks to our time by interrogating wholeness, remoteness, isolation, and the use of technology to maintain human connection; while reviving the Mail Art network that was extremely important during the 60s and 70s in Latin America.
WHO WE ARE
Carolina Paz is an artist and educator whose work explores the dialogues people perform in and with familiar living spaces, which she investigates through paintings, videos, objects, and participatory projects. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally, in museums, galleries, and residencies such as the SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY; RAW POP UP, Miami, FL; Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn, NY; Virgilio Gallery, Baró Gallery, Zipper Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil; Goiania Art Museum, Goiania, Brazil; Cerveira Art Biennial Foundation, Cerveira, Portugal; National Museum Soares dos Reis, Porto, Portugal; Culture Centre Rector Ricardo Rojas, Buenos Aires, Argentina; among others. She is the recipient of the Funarte Visual Arts award. Her work is featured in the permanent collections of Rio de Janeiro Museum of Art, Luis Seoane Foundation, the Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art, and Goiânia Museum of Art.
Carolina is the founder of Uncool Artist, created in Brooklyn in 2018, and the independent art space Coletivo 2e1, established in São Paulo in 2010.
She received a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences in 1999 and a master’s degree in Media and Knowledge in 2003 from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). She holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York.
Ana Roman, is an independent curator. She has a Master’s degree in Human Geography from São Paulo University and is a doctoral student in Art History at the University of Essex. Her current research focuses on contemporary art and curatorship. Previously, she was an assistant curator for Between Construction and Appropriation: Antonio Dias, Geraldo de Barros and Rubens Gerchman in the 60s (SESC Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil, 2018), and researcher/assistant curator for Ready Made in Brasil(Centro Cultural Fiesp, São Paulo, Brazil, 2017); Rever_Augusto de Campos (SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil, 2016); and Lina Grafica (SESC Pompeia, São Paulo , Brazil, 2014), among others. She was the head curator for Whereabouts (Zipper Gallery, 2018) with works by David Almeida; Mirages (Baro Gallery, 2018) with works by Amanda Mei; and Small Formats (Baro Gallery, 2018) with works by Alexandre Wagner, to name a few. She also writes critical texts for different media outlets. Since 2014, she has been a participant in Sem Titulo, s.d., a production and research collective focused on contemporary art with whom she organized the exhibitions What is not performance? (Centro Universitário Maria Antonia, São Paulo, Brazil, 2015) and Tuiuiu, with works by Alice Shintani (ABER, São Paulo, Brazil, 2017). She is an assistant curator at the 34th Bienal de São Paulo, 2021.
Liene Bosquê is a visual artist and art educator based in Miami, born in Brazil. Bosquê’s installations, sculptures, site-specific projects, as well as social engaged practice works have been have been exhibited in museums and galleries In the United States at MoMA PS1 in New York (2015), Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art of North Miami (2020), among other places. Her artworks were also included in international exhibitions in Brazil, Portugal, Italy, Turkey, and South Korea; at places such as Museu de História Natural in Lisbon (2007), Museu de Arte de Ribeirão Preto (2006), and Sesc in São Paulo (2018).
In 2019 Bosquê received the Ellies Creator Award, Miami’s Visual Arts Awards, and a WaveMaker Grant to present HamacaS Project. First iteration of this social engaged project was shown at MOCA North Miami during February 2020. Bosquê was an artist in residence at Wave Hill, Bronx and at Queens Museum’s ArtBuilt residency both in New York. In 2016, she received the Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, where she presented her first public sculpture.
Liene Bosquê holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from the São Paulo State University, and a BA in Architecture and Urbanism from Mackenzie University in Brazil, where she is from. She is professor at Florida International University in Miami.
Andréa Tavares is an artist and educator from São Paulo, Brazil. She works with graphic languages as drawing and printmaking to create friction between collective and individual memory. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries in Brazil and abroad. In Oficina Cultural Oswald de Andrade (São Paulo), her last show, Anxiety Studio, presented almost one thousand works on paper, part of an extensive archive practice brought together with personal memories and social history.
She is a professor of Drawing, Graphics Languages, and Teaching Practices at FAAP (Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation), in the visual arts faculty, and Coordinator of the postgraduate course (Latu Senso)Contemporary Artistic Practices at the same institution.
She is also one of the coordinators of ILAP Brazil.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from USP (University of São Paulo) and an MFA and a Ph.D. in visual poetics from the same institution.
Uncool Artist offers educational programs based on the creation of communities, critical discussions, and professional development for artists, curators, critics, researchers, and educators in contemporary art.
We seek to offer opportunities in art and education in an accessible way to people from various parts of the world.
Our work needs resources to grow and support new creative minds. We seek partnerships to offer scholarships for our programs. If you believe in quality and exciting, consistent, and inclusive arts education, join us!
To learn more about Uncool Artist, our ideas, and projects, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.