Jaider Esbell

1979, Normandia, Brazil – 2021, São Sebastião, Brazil


Millan and Galeria Jaider Esbell de Arte Indígena Contemporânea work together to continuously promote the work and legacy of the artist, curator, and activist Jaider Esbell (1979, Normandia, RR – 2021, São Sebastião, SP, Brazil). As the sole commercial representation of the artist’s estate, Millan works closely with the family and the team of Jaider Esbell Gallery, contributing to the inclusion of his work in important exhibitions, institutions, and collections, both Brazilian and international, in order to consolidate the reflections and changes incited by his thought and actions in the cultural landscape.

Having contributed to the establishment of an art system driven by indigenous artists of different ethnicities and exercising what he called Artivism, Jaider Esbell united artistic creation with the defense of indigenous and land rights. Relying on objects as well as performances, paintings and drawings in various media, he presented visions of traditional narratives and the multiple beings that populate the macuxi cosmology. In these images, which constitute universes of their own, possibilities of reconfiguration and healing of the world are suggested, starting from the apprehension of and from the dialogue between diverse knowledge and understandings.

Apresentação: Ruku, a solo exhibition with works and curated by Jaider Esbell in 2021, marked the beginning of the partnership with Millan for the expansion of the artist’s activity in the field of contemporary art. Since then, his legacy has been consolidated worldwide, with the participation in exhibitions such as The Milk of Dreams, at the 59th Venice Biennale, Italy, in 2022; Mondo Reale, Triennale di Milano, Italy, the same year; Living Worlds and Le Serpent Cosmique, organized by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporaine in Lille, France, also in 2022; and the 34th Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, in 2021. Currently, his work is featured in collections such as the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, France, the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires in Argentina, the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, and the PIPA Institute, Rio de Janeiro.