An illustration with vertical stripes in blue, orange and black can be seen. In the upper left corner is written in white: "Camila Sposati. Breath Pieces". This is an exhibition at the ifa Gallery Stuttgart, which can be visited from 13 May to 20 August 2023. © Sascha Fronczek
© Sascha Fronczek

Camila Sposati – Breath Pieces

13. May 2023 - 20. Aug 2023
ifa Gallery Stuttgart
Charlottenplatz 17
70173 Stuttgart
Exhibition opening: 12.05., 19.00

The exhibition 'Breath Pieces' focuses on the artist's fascination for the core of our planet, with its subterranean energy currents transforming the earth's surface and charged with history. With her work, Camila Sposati (*1972, São Paulo, Brazil) asks questions like: What messages does the earth send? What memories does it embody and how can we connect with it, start a conversation? The exhibition will be hosted at the ifa Gallery in Stuttgart this spring before it will move to the ifa Gallery Berlin in the fall.

Camila Sposati

Curated by:
Bettina Korintenberg and Marcelo Rezende

In collaboration with:
Theater Rampe and Bureau Baubotanik

Camila Sposati, a Brazilian artist and researcher, approaches art with an experimental and interdisciplinary practice. She challenges various assumptions and categories that have shaped Western thought, including anthropocentrism, linear time, and the division between culture and nature. Breath Pieces, the artist’s first comprehensive solo exhibition in Germany, creates a unique experiential space that vibrates throughout the city of Stuttgart and builds on her artistic exploration over the past twenty years. The exhibition is a bodily experience of changing perspectives in three acts: at ifa Gallery, at Theatre of the Long Now at Wagenhallen, and at Theater Rampe.

The concept of Amerindian perspectivism stands for the cosmology of indigenous communities in the Amazon region in Brazil, and it comprises a multiplicity of realities – of animals, plants, and the Earth itself, all of which are closely interwoven with humankind. This way of experiencing the world and connecting with it is central to the artist’s project in Stuttgart. Sposati interprets perspectivism as a way of understanding the world as multiple subjectivities rather than a singular and objective reality, emphasising the interconnectedness and interdependence of all beings. In doing so, she highlights the importance of exchange between and the coexistence of plural temporalities, and stresses the mutual shaping of the human and nonhuman worlds.

Sposati's attention to the complexity of life in its interconnectedness vibrates from the energy centre within the exhibition at ifa Gallery to outside locations in Stuttgart. The artist engages and confronts herself with new contexts – with 'the other' and 'the unknown', which she permits to affect and transform her own self. For Sposati, Stuttgart is such an unknown territory that has its own geography and geology, social and political strata, as well as human and nonhuman inhabitants who have been specifically formed through migration.

This project is the result of a process of negotiation and conversation – the latter in the etymological sense of the word: living and acting together. The first act, a prelude to the exhibition at the Theatre of the Long Now at Wagenhallen, started on 1 April 2023. Tubes have been drilled into the ground in Stuttgart and samples habe been taken which has then metamorphose into earthen musical instruments to be filled with breath and played for and listened to by the earth. In the ifa Gallery, in the second act, several generations of these instruments are in conversation with themselves and the visitors.

The third act at Theater Rampe expands the process of communication and exchange. Sposati's clay instruments serve as tools and communicators, facilitating a breath-guided dialogue between individuals from the heterogeneous strata of Stuttgart. Through this interactive experience, participants are invited and inspired to explore the concept of 'the other' in their own lives and neighbourhoods, leading to a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.

The Breath Pieces that Sposati creates embrace complexity, multiplicity, and contingency, encouraging us to consider new ways of comprehending the world and our place within it. By envisioning alternative futures, we are compelled to work towards achieving them. Through her art, Sposati invites us to broaden our perspectives, recognise the interconnectedness of all beings, and strive for a new understanding.


12 May, Opening

Friday, 12.05. at 19:00

Short introduction to the exhibition with its curators, Bettina Korintenberg and Marcelo Rezende. The artist will be present, too.

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13 May, Conversation: Breath Pieces (Ritual in Three Acts)

Saturday, 13.05.2023 at 20:00

The artist Camila Sposati invites the audience to participate in a series of artistic and discursive "Aktionen" [activities] that bring imagination, sound, and body into resonance. The starting point is the earth's interior,
with its energy currents able to transform its surface. In Theater Rampe, several people from Stuttgart were invited to play with wind instruments created for the exhibition Breath Pieces in the ifa Gallery – and thus  connect spatial, sound, and vocal bodies. Together with the artist and guests, Theater Rampe and ifa Gallery invite the audience to an open conversation after the performance.

16 May, Literaturfestival Stuttgart

Tuesday, 16.05.2023 at 18:00 – 19:30

Telling the Story of Wars: A Conversation with Nino Haratischwili, Tanja Maljartschuk, and Faruk Šehić

Host: Claudia Dathe

The Conversation will be interpreted in English and Bosnian. It is part of the Literaturfestival Stuttgart 2023.

31 May, Workshop: A Journey of Movement

Wednesday, 31.05.2023 at 17:30 – 19:00

Breathing, hopping, clicking your tongue – the human body can be activated in many different ways. Davorin Strauss, a dance teacher and body researcher, invites participants on a journey to their own body's potential for sound and movement. In short and easy scenic sequences we can experience our bodies as an expression of form and shape. No prior skills needed.

With Johanna Fricke, dance teacher

Please register with Valerie Hammerbacher at ifa-galerie-stuttgart(at)


16 June, Art Talks and Guided Tours

Friday, 16.06.2023 at 16:00

Art talks and guided tours through the exhibition.

Additional dates: 07.07., 14.07. and 21.07.2023

For visually impaired and blind people, the ifa Gallery offers special guided tours on request. Please contact Stefanie Alber at ifa-galerie-stuttgart(at) to make a request.

08 July, Family Workshop

Saturday, 08.07.2023 at 14:00 – 16:00

For everyone older than four.

With Claudia Dietz and Menja Stevenson. The workshop will be held in German.

Modelling with clay and allowing your fingers to show the way, as your eyes follow their own inner landscape. Surprises are to be expected. The invisible traces are cast in plaster and made visible. To finish, everyone digs out their own plaster sculpture.

Please register with Stefanie Alber at ifa-galerie-stuttgart(at) by 4 July 2023


Address and Opening Hours

ifa Gallery Stuttgart
Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday: 12.00 – 18.00
Closed on Mondays and holidays.

Free admission