Narrating the Archive: Alpine essays A proposal from Mabe Bethônico


Date: 29th October to 2nd of November Hours: 10 am to 5pm

Place: Movimax Building, Route de Ancien Sierre 9, 3960 Sierre



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Departing from non-published files kept at the Archives of the city of Geneva, the participants are invited to build narrations considering found information as much as its lacks. These are files coming from the Museum of Ethnography of Geneva, belonging to the fonds Georges Amoudruz, who during his lifetime collected on the subject of the Alps, about its costumes and geography, the imaginary as much as its objects. Different files will be worked collectively and they may activate searches within local collections or archives around Sierre. The Bibliothèque-Médiatèque of Sierre will be used as complementary source and visits to other local archives and libraries may be arranged, based on the group’s interests and project needs.

The participants will work in groups of research. The groups will construct from separate bunches of document and elaborate towards an event to happen in the last day, with a full program and open to public. On Thursday we will organize a collective lunch. Using various discursive tools, the final presentations will experiment narrating the Alps with images, reading and debating, negotiating between history and fiction, performing research in various ways.




Mabe Bethônico (1966), born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, is an artist researcher with a MA and PhD in Fine Arts from the Royal College of Art, London (1993 & 2000). Her artistic practice involves long-term research projects resulting in visual and sound pieces, installations, lectures, publications and websites, using documentary sources and field recordings.

Her work has been exhibited extensively, e.g. in 2012 at Centro Cultural São Paulo, in collaboration with Anselm Jappe, in La Revanche de L'Archive Photographique, Centre de Photographie, Geneva, 2010; Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan, Puerto Rico 2009; the 28ª Biennial of São Paulo - Em Vivo Contato, 2008; Encuentro Internacional de Medellin, Práticas Artísticas Contemporâneas, Museo de Antioquia, 2007; the 27ª Biennial of São Paulo - Como Viver Junto, 2006; Subversiones Diarias - MALBA, Buenos Aires; Panorama da Arte Brasileira, MAM Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paolo, and the Art Museum of Pampulha, 2005; Telling Histories, Kunstverein Muenchen, Munich, 2003. Her work is regularly reviewed in the Latin American and international art press. She is Professor in Fine Arts at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, lectures and gives workshops worldwide. In 2013 she developed a project at the Museum of Ethnography of Geneva with support from CNPq - the National Research Council of Brazil.