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Cosme & Damião: A project for a twin collection for the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (MN), Brazil, and for the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (MOA), Canada

Nuno Porto and Renata de Castro Menezes

In our presentation we will be speculating on a project and we will be reasoning about this idea not so much from the intention of clarifying dubious pasts of existing collections but, on the contrary, on the project of building a twin collection in the very near future, incorporating decolonial ethics and programmatic partnerships both in the domain of representation and in the domain of museum and civic practice. The common antecedent between the NM and MOA is the intention of building a collection centered in the Afro religious characters of Cosme & Damião. Given the tragic fire at the NM and the relatively marginal weight of African collections at MOA the project intends to fill gaps in each institution. MOA, furthermore, will gain from the generosity of the NM of and its longstanding research on the subject, to work with an already established community and academic based research network that will be involved in all stages of the process. Potentially, MOA will reciprocate by engaging with the existing practices and bringing its own procedures on board, including tentative protocols that cut across museum practice of collecting, describing and exhibiting that may work as templates for exploring best practices within this research relationship.
A second – less obvious – antecedent to both institutions is their contemporary practices as teaching and research museums, which naturalises the notion that collecting is part of ongoing research. In fact both institutions have, in their past, profited from relations with other museums and sections of their collections (some lost in the case of the NM) were obtained by exchange with other museums. The recognition of the genealogy of institutional partnership in collection making is, obviously, informed by current civic, and political conditions in which identities are consciously fluid and, therefore, where “source community” members are also colleagues, or, at the very least, research partners. We will also explore from our respective subject positions, how a twin collection – and by this we mean that the resulting collections at the NM and MOA will be composed of interchangeable items – works differently at home at the NM, and abroad at the MOA. Exploring this divergence will likely mean to introduce awareness on international networks, scales and specific arenas of action and bring into the collecting research exercise an added layer of intentional context, explanation and translation. Last but not least, we expect that the outline of a future project may be broadened by learning from research on the past and, conversely, contribute to understanding historical provenance in its own terms.

Nuno Porto (PhD 2002, University of Coimbra) is Curator - Africa and South America, at the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. He worked in Portugal, Cape Verde, Angola and Brazil, on issues of curatorship and social justice, critical museology, material and visual culture, photography, cultural heritage and contemporary art. His research is published in more than ten countries and in four different languages. He was director of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Coimbra (2002-2006) and member of the Commission for the Reopening of the Dundo Museum in Angola (2008-2012). His most recent exhibition at the MOA (March 2017 - February 2018) “Amazon - the rights of nature” militates in favor of the recognition of indigenous epistemologies. His current curatorial project, “Sankofa - African Routes, Canadian Roots” explores contemporary ways of claiming identity by members of Vancouver's Black and African communities. He is also the leader for the project “Decolonizing the African collections and Displays” at MOA, in partnership with UBC Black and African Students’ associations.

Renata de Castro Menezes (PhD 2004, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) is Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department of the National Museum, at the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro and teaches in the Postgraduate Program in Social Anthropology. Renata is also director of the Laboratory of Anthropology of the Ludic and the Sacred (Ludens) and a member of the Center for Studies of Complex Societies (NESCOM), both at the National Museum. Her research focuses on the fields of the anthropology of religion and of rituals and festivals, and, more recently, on the anthropology of materialities. In the area of religion, she focuses on the study of Catholicism and Umbanda. Renata was a fellow at the Center For Religion and Media at New York University (2015-2016) and an invited researcher at FMSH - Paris (October 2019). She is an associate researcher of CéSor (Center for Studies in Social Sciences of Religious), EHESS - Paris, member of the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science - SBPC, of the Association Brazilian anthropologist - ABA, of the Society of Friends of the National Museum - SAMN, serving at the board of directors (2020-2021), and president of the non-governmental organization Iser Assessoria (2019-2021).