Dr. Mauro William Barbosa de Almeida played a leading role in establishing the "Universidade da Floresta" in Cruzeiro do Sul, Brazil—the initiative that inspired The School of the Forest | Miami Campus. He is a professor emeritus of the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at the Center for Rural Studies of the State University of Campinas. Currently, he heads an international project on the role of indigenous family farmers as producers of agricultural biodiversity, while organizing the defense of traditional communities in Central Brazil, Acre, and the Atlantic coast.
PAMM presents a new project by Marjetica Potrč, titled The School of the Forest | Miami Campus. This multi-part endeavor centers on a kind of elevated, open-air shelter common among Amazonian forest communities, which the artist encountered while carrying out an extended research residency in the Brazilian state of Acre. Over the course of the exhibition period, the museum will present a series of lectures and workshops by esteemed scholars inside a similar structure constructed in the gallery.