Neusa Mendes


Biographical note

Neusa Mendes is a PhD student in Museology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Education and Administration, Museology Department, Lusófona University of Humanities and Technology (ULHT), in Lisbon, Portugal. She has a Master’s degree in Communication and Semiotics from the Catholic University of São Paulo. She was coordinator of Plastic Arts at the Federal University of Espírito Santo from 1980 to 2002, and from 2012/2018. She writes texts for catalogues, books and magazines specialized in arts, such as: “A espera de Elisa”, (2012); “Os dois lados da janela: Orlando Farya”, (2015); “Marcus Vinicius: the presence of the world in me”, (2016); “Delicacy and Preciousness: Hilal Sami Hilal”, (2013); “The Prose of the world – Hilal Sami Hilal”, (2016). He has curated exhibitions such as: “Constellations”, at Centro Cultural Da Maya, Bagé/RS, (2013) and also at Palácio Anchieta, Vitória/ES, (2016); “Multiple Senses”, (2011); “Itineraries”, (2012); and “O peso exato dessa leveza”, (2015), at Galeria Mathias Brotas, Vitória/ES, (2015); “Casa Corpo”, at Sesc Glória, in Vitória/ES, (2015); “Simplesmente Pintura”, at Galeria Ana Terra, Vitória/ES, (2014); “Horizonte”, (2014); “HEY JACK, O Novo Figurativo de Dias Sardenberg”, (2015); and “Tecendo”, (2016), all at Espaço Universitário Art Gallery/UFES; “Chiado – Carmo, Metropolis eu-topia / Arts in the Public Sphere”, at Sorbonne 1 Panthéon/Paris, at Espaço Universitário Art Gallery/Brazil, and at Carmo Archaeological Museum/Lisbon, (2016). She idealized the artist residency program “Mas que arte cabe numa cidade?”, in Viana/ES, in the editions from 2010 to 2013. She has been an ABCA member since 2017.

Areas of academic and scientific interest

  • Sociomuseology
  • Education
  • Public Management
  • Museums
  • Contemporary Art
  • Curatorship and Art Criticism
  • Contemporary Art Collection
  • Museology
  • Education

PhD project

O que pode um acervo de arte contemporânea da Universidade? um estudo de caso
Doctorate professor Maristela Simão

Reflect on a university contemporary art collection, centered on the Collection of Contemporary Art Works at the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES). It seeks to examine the functions of an artistic memory, and in this relationship, the social context, as well as the contact, distance, friction, permeability and conjunction zones between the museum, the university and the city, from the sociomuseology point of view. It is intended to define what a contemporary university art collection would be – a model – and to identify how much of this model exists in practice. The work intends to describe the formation and characteristics of UFES art collection, in dialogue with other university collections of contemporary art in Brazil and abroad.