Art@Bainbridge | Denilson Baniwa: Under the Skin of History

Saturday, April 13, 2024 - Sunday, September 1, 2024
Denilson Baniwa, Pajé Yawareté traz novidades à aldeia de Santa Isabel, Oiapoque, Amapá (Jaguar Shaman brings news to the village of Santa Isabel, Oiapoque, Amapá), 2018. Collection of the artist. © Denilson Baniwa. Photo: Sallisa Rosa

In collaboration with Princeton University’s Brazil LAB and Department of Anthropology, the Princeton University Art Museum presents the work of Denilson Baniwa (Baniwa, born 1984, Amazonas, Brazil). Working in various media including drawing, painting, sculpture, and performance, Baniwa grapples with legacies of colonialism in the Americas and highlights Indigenous knowledge and resistance. His work addresses themes ranging from early Indigenous encounters with Europeans to ongoing environmental destruction and cultural erasure. Baniwa often draws on historical imagery from European sources in order to critique colonial fantasies while incorporating references to pop culture and technology that reflect contemporary Indigenous experience. The exhibition will include work that Baniwa made in response to objects that he examined in the collections of the Princeton University Art Museum and Princeton University Library Special Collections.

Curated by Jun Nakamura, assistant curator of prints and drawings; Miqueias Mugge, associate research scholar, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies; and Carlos Fausto, professor of anthropology, Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, and Princeton Global Scholar.

View an online gallery of works in this exhibition.

Download the exhibition brochure (PDF).

Art@Bainbridge is made possible through the generous support of the Virginia and Bagley Wright, Class of 1946, Program Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art; the Kathleen C. Sherrerd Program Fund for American Art; Joshua R. Slocum, Class of 1998, and Sara Slocum; Rachelle Belfer Malkin, Class of 1986, and Anthony E. Malkin; Barbara and Gerald Essig; Gene Locks, Class of 1959, and Sueyun Locks; and Ivy Beth Lewis.

Denilson Baniwa: Under the Skin of History is co-organized by the Brazil LAB, the Department of Anthropology, and the Princeton University Art Museum. Co-sponsors of the project include the High Meadows Environmental Institute, University Center for Human Values, the Humanities Council, the Program in Latin American Studies, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. Additional supporters include the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Department of Art & Archaeology, the Lewis Center for the Arts, and the Effron Center for the Study of America.