Jonathas de Andrade The Uprising (O Levante) 2013

  • Not on view

Jonathas de Andrade lives and works in Recife, in Brazil's northeast region—the first part of the country to be colonized by the Portuguese. The city is marked by a contrast between its peasant class and rural traditions, on the one hand, and its status as a quickly developing industrial center and film capital, on the other.The Uprising (O Levante) was made in Recife and captures a horse-drawn cart race in the city center, which the artist himself organized in response to a proposed ordinance that would ban animals hauling carts from the city streets. De Andrade was only able to stage the race by asking the authorities for a permit to make a movie. The horse owners, however, were invited to participate in a real horse race, giving each participant a different understanding of the work's context. The video features an aboiador—a traditional regional singer who narrates the difficulties of country living, responding to prompts with improvised rhyming verse. This aboiador came to the event and was then invited by the

artist to his studio, where he responded to the horse race he had witnessed as if it was the beginning of a rural revolt, turning the events into a folk fiction.

Gallery label from Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection, March 19-July 30, 2017.
Video (color, sound)
8 min.
Acquired through the generosity of Pedro Barbosa and Patricia Moraes, Mr. and Mrs. John Austin, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Klimt, Roberto Lima, and Luis Augusto Teixeira de Freitas
Object number
© 2022 Jonathas de Andrade.
Media and Performance

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

MoMA licenses archival audio and select out of copyright film clips from our film collection. At this time, MoMA produced video cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. All requests to license archival audio or out of copyright film clips should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For access to motion picture film stills for research purposes, please contact the Film Study Center at [email protected]. For more information about film loans and our Circulating Film and Video Library, please visit

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].


This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].