Belo Horizonte, Brazil, September 7, 2023

Museum of Public Concerns

Mabe Bethônico

The Museum of Public Concerns presents hidden aspects of Minas Gerais history (a Brazilian state), aiming to circulate content to raise debate about what is public. As a mobile photographic digital archive, visible in various formats and contextualised, its collections come from individuals, NGOs, and public and private administrations willing to show their content, for their potential to engage the present.

This project reacts to the ongoing privatization of public buildings into corporate cultural spaces with public money in Praça da Liberdade 1, a central square of Belo Horizonte. Public institutions lack financing, while the state gives multinationals the power to present/determine collective history and culture, while relevant questions, implications and criticism are absent.