Lilian Fraiji

Lilian Fraiji is a curator and producer based in the Amazon, Brazil. She is specialist in Cultural Management from Barcelona University and has a Master’s degree in Curating Arts from the University of Ramon Llull, Barcelona. She is the co-founder and curator of LABVERDE program, a project dedicated to develop multidisciplinary contents involving art, science and nature. As an independent researcher she is interested in how culture is related to nature and how landscape is shaped in the Antropocene era. She has curated several art exhibitions involving the subject of the Amazon, including “Amazon: Invisible Landscape” (Stad4 Gallery – NYC – 2018), “Irreversível”(Paiol da Cultura/INPA, Manaus 2019), “How to talk with trees”(Galeria Z42-Rio de Janeiro-2019). Currently she is the coordinator of LABVERDE:  Art Immersion Program in the Amazon and is responsible for the program’s social contribution at Bosque da Ciência/Inpa in Manaus. She is also responsible for Confluência Festival: Art, Science and Forest Knowledge promoting lectures and art engaged with environment issues in the Amazon. In 2019 she owns Serrapilheira prize for contributing for democratizing science. 

Laurent Troost

Born in Brussels, Belgium. Has a Master degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Victor Horta Institute, Brussels (2001), and a specialization on Geography and the City at Escola da Cidade, São Paulo (2010).  Was project leader for important architecture offices in Brazil, Spain, Holland and Dubai, such as Office for Metropolitan Architecture – Rem Koolhaas and Studio Arthur Casas. Since 2008 has worked on several projects involving arts, architecture, urbanism. Currently is the Urban Planning Director at Manaus Municipality. Since 2013 is responsible for the social media and the coordination of LABVERDE’s program.

Flavia Delgado Santana

PhD in Ecology from the National Institute of Amazonian Research - INPA. It is a postdoc research associated with the INPA Biogeochemical Cycles Laboratory. Currently, her research project aims to improve carbon balance estimates of tropical forests by accessing ecosystem respiration components and gross primary productivity. She has experience in different aspects of plant ecology and plant-animal interactions of the Atlantic and Amazon rainforests. Since 2018, she has collaborated with the LABVERDE program, giving lectures about Amazonian forest biodiversity and guiding the visit to the ZF2 Observatory Tower and the Balbina Dam.

Maria Cláudia Aleixo

Maria Cláudia is graduated in Business from the Amazon State University, and also has an MBA in Event Management. She has worked for Rio 2016 at Rio Olympics, Rock In Rio Music Festival, and more recently, Novas Frequências Festival, a Rio de Janeiro music festival dedicaded to sound art. Currently, she is the producer of LABVERDE program.

Charles R. Clement

PhD in Horticulture with emphasis at genetics, growth plants and genetics analysis from University of Hawaii. He is a researcher professor at the National Institute of Amazonian Research, and collaborator professor at Federal University of Amazonas and Federal University of Santa Catarina. His expertise area is Genetics focused at genetic resources, especially themes as Pupunha (Bactris gasipaes), Origin and Domestication of Native Amazonian Crops, historical ecology,  Amazonian genetic resources and fruit trees. Since 2016 is collaborating with LABVERDE program giving a talk about Amazonian Domestication.

Ricardo Perdiz

M.Sc. in Botany from Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana (UEFS, Bahia, Brazil), Ricardo Perdiz is highly experienced in botanical surveys in the Amazon Forest and specially interested in the evolution, taxonomy and systematics of flowering plants. His research is mainly focused on/in? the group of the "breu" trees, very typical of the Amazon forest and from the same family of the palo santo and myrrh trees. He is also  skilled in data analysis using R and Python programming languages. Currently Ricardo is a PhD student in Botany from National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA).

Fabricio Baccaro

PhD in Ecology from the National Institute of Amazonian Research - INPA. He is a professor of Zoology at the Federal University of Amazonas. He has studied the different aspects of the ecology of social insects, most of them, ants. Besides having many scientific publications,he is one of the organizers of the books “Reserva Ducke: Amazonian biodiversity through a grid”, presenting scientific research to the general public, and “Guide to the Ant Genera of Brasil”, an illustrated book that aims to present to students the enormous diversity of Brazilian ants. Since 2013 he is collaborating with LABVERDE program giving lecture about Adolpho Ducke’s Fauna and Flora.

Jochen Schöngart

PhD in Forest Science from the University of Göttingen, Germany (2003). Currently he is a researcher in biogeochemistry for the Max Planck Institute of Chemistry (MPIC – Germany) working in association with the National Institute of Amazonia Research (INPA) in Manaus.  He also is a researcher at the Wet Areas National Institute of Research and Technology (INAU) in Manaus. With expertise on ecology and forest management, especially dendrochronology with application on dendroclimatology (relationship between climate and trees growth, climate reconstruction), dendroecology, carbon dynamics on woody biomass and definition for loggers resources management. He has also worked with the development of models to forecast water flood levels in the Central Amazon. Since 2016 he is collaborating with LABVERDE program giving a waking lecture about the age of the rainforest.

Mario Cohn-Haft

Ornithologist specialized in Amazonian birds, with emphasis on biogeography. He has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Dartmouth College, a master's degree in Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology from Tulane University and a PhD in Zoology from Louisiana State University. He has studied birds in the Amazon since 1987. Currently he is Staff Scientist and Curator of Birds at the Brazilian National Institute of Amazonian Research - INPA. Since 2013 he participated as an instructor in LABVERDE program leading bird observation walks.

Philip M. Fearnside

Ph.D. in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Michigan (US). Is a Research Professor in the Department of Ecology at the National Institute for Amazonian Research  - INPA) since 1978. Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and coordinator of National Science and Technology Institute (INCT) of Environmental Services at Amazon. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007. Honors include Brazil's National Ecology Prize, the UN Global 500 award, the Conrad Wessel prize and the Chico Mendes prize. In 2006 he was identified by Thompson-ISI as the world’s second most-cited scientist on the subject of global warming.

Yasmine Ostendorf

One of the LABVERDE 2019 curator is Yasmine Ostendorf. For the last 7 years, writer/curator Yasmine Ostendorf (MA) has been doing research across Asia and Europe on artists proposing alternative ways of living and working – ways that ultimately shape more balanced, sustainable and resilient societies and ecologies. She has worked extensively on international cultural mobility programs and on the topic of art and environment, for expert organizations such as Julie’s Bicycle (UK), Bamboo Curtain Studio (TW), Cape Farewell (UK) and Trans Artists (NL). She runs the Green Art Lab Alliance, a network of 35 cultural organizations in Europe and Asia that explore, question, and address our social and environmental responsibility. She is the author of the series of guides “Creative Responses to  Sustainability,” published by the Asia-Europe Foundation (SG) and the Ecologic Institute (DE). She is an associate curator for the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (UK) and of Valley of the Possible; a refugio for art and research in Patagonia (CL). She is a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (DE) and of the Salzburg Global Forum (AT). She writes a monthly blog for Artists and Climate Change (US) and since 2017, is the Head of the Lab for Nature Research at the Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (NL) and the initiator of the Van Eyck Food Lab. In 2019, she will expand the Green Art Lab Alliance into South-America. Recent exhibitions include Non-Human Narratives, stories of bacteria, fungi and viruses (Van Eyck 2017), The Big Invisible (Kunst Haus Wien 2017/2018) and Organic Theater (C-Platform Xiamen, China 2018).

Chico Dub

Chico Dub is a curator focusing on experimental music, avant-garde music and sound art. He is the curator of Festival Novas Frequências and curator and manager of Incidências Sonoras, a platform for experimental music and sound art linked to Coincidencia, a cultural exchange program between Switzerland and South America developed by the Swiss institute Pro Helvetia. In addition to Novas Frequências - a festival held since 2011 that is part of the ICAS network, an international network that includes more than 40 advanced sound festivals and is considered the main South American festival in its niche - he has curated for: Videoex (Zurich , 2019), Escuchar (Visual Sounds) (Buenos Aires, 2018), Red Bull Music Academy SP (2017), Revisiting Smetak (Rio, 2017), HOBRA - Art Residency Netherlands Brazil (Rio, 2016), Pulse (SP, 2016) ), Music Day (Rio, 2015), Eletronika (BH, 2013-2015), SESI Digital Culture (Rio, 2014-2015), World Stages Residency (Royal Stratford East Theater, London), Cine-Seizure (Arnolfini - Center for Contemporary Arts, Bristol, 2014), Immersions Festival (Rio, 2014), Sónar São Paulo (2012), as well as the Invasão Paraense and Invasão Baiana series for the CCBBs of Brasilia, SP and Rio (2012, 2014 and 2015). He is the curator of the group exhibitions "Enigmatic Song: Relations between Art and Sound in the MAM Rio Collections" (MAM Rio, 2019-2010), "Side B: The Vinyl Record in Brazilian Contemporary Art" (Sesc Belenzinho, SP, 2019) , "Disco is Culture" (Castelinho do Flamengo, RJ, 2017) and "Gambiarra Sonora" (Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden, Germany, 2016).

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