17 February 2015

VCUQatar Presents Crossing Boundaries Lecture by Adélia Borges

As part of its annual Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar is proud to present Adélia Borges with a lecture titled “Craft, design and social change in Latin America.” This event will take place on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Atrium at VCUQatar. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Adélia Borges is a design curator, journalist and writer based in São Paulo, Brazil. Former director of Museu da Casa Brasileira, a Brazilian design and architecture museum, she has curated more than 40 exhibitions in seven countries and authored or co-authored more than 10 books. Currently she is the chief curator of the Brazilian Design Biennial 2015 (Florianopolis, Brazil), belongs to the curatorial team of Design Triennial of Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum (New York) and integrates the nominators team of London Design Museum ‘Designs of the Year’ promotion (London).

The lecture will focus on the collaboration between designers and artisans in Latin America, especially in Brazil, where this is a collective, large-scale and widespread movement. The collaboration is happening as a two-way road: designers teaching craftsmen, and craftsmen teaching designers. Initiatives marked by entrepreneurism and social innovation have brought a new push to sustainable local development. The lecture will show in detail how production is in tune with recent ideas of sustainable development, which embrace concepts of environmental responsibility, economic inclusion, social justice and cultural diversity.

VCUQatar’s Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of the featured speakers who are representatives of excellence in creative and innovative thinking. Adélia Borges will present her lecture on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Atrium at VCUQatar.

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