Ana Luiza Neves

Biographical note

Doctoral student in Museology at the UNESCO Chair in Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity at the Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies (ULHT – Lisbon), Master in Arts with emphasis in Art History at UFMG (2014). Specialist in Art-Education by UEMG (2008). Graduated in History: Bachelor and Licentiate from PUC-MG (2005). Currently, she holds the position of Educational Coordinator at Palácio da Liberdade, in Belo Horizonte (MG) and is a teacher at the Escola Livre de Artes Arena da Cultura, and, in both, she develops teaching and research projects related to curatorship and education for the heritage.

Areas of academic and scientific interest

  • Museology
  • Sociomuseology
  • History of Art
  • Education

PhD project

Participatory curatorship: a sociomuseological approach at the Escola Livre de Artes Arena da Cultura
Doctorate Professor Carolina Ruoso

The research aims to approach participatory curatorship as a museological research and participatory pedagogical device in Museology training and its challenges in the field of Sociomuseology;

In a case study, elements are exposed that collaborate with the understanding that the curator’s craft can be apprehended in the intersection of three interdisciplinary fields of knowledge: Arts, Education and Museology.

In the current context where discussions in the museological field call for the listening of different voices, call for the participation of different actors and suggest the influx of new perspectives, it is essential to present the curator’s craft from another angle. Just as the social function of museums is debated, one can question the social function of the curator’s work. This professional is inserted in cultural institutions, museums and memory centers and is responsible for creating exhibitions, programs and discourse (with textual and expository resources) on the most varied topics.

A methodological problem of curatorship and the issue addressed in this work is the thesis that there is no narrative script that teaches the step-by-step development of a curator’s work. In this sense, we seek to present an action research, by launching  hand of participatory methodologies in curatorship, in her work as a teacher at the Escola Livre de Artes Arena da Cultura (BH). In the referred school, theoretical-practical training takes place in the field of Arts, Popular Culture and Heritage at levels – beginner, medium and advanced; and different formats – classes, workshops, laboratories, seminars and conversation circles.