TeTo Projetcs
TeTo Projetcs is a non-profit organization that exists to support current and innovative art and design practices. Its main objective is to provide a complementary and cross-referential space for experimentation and reflection.
The ongoing program focus on a non-prescriptive and process-driven approach to production and presentation. Additionally, discussions are organized in an open environment and closely shared between artists, specialists and public.

Missing Maurits Project
Missing Maurits Project aims to create an interdisciplinary dialogue and reflection about a shared history between Brazil and the Netherlands. It has as a point of departure the relations between the past and the present concerning the Dutch colonial presence in Brazil (1630-1654). The projects’ title refers to the legend of Maurits of Nassau as metaphor for a historical moment and its manifestations nowadays.

During the Dutch occupation an intense economic, political and cultural exchange took place between the two countries in a context often seen as the beginning of a networked global economy which led to a high mobility and flow of people, resources, data, ideas and technologies. From 1630 onward, the Dutch Republic came to control almost half of Brazil’s area at the time with their capital in Recife, the port of Pernambuco. Before the Dutch seizure Brazil was a colony of Portugal and the mayor international sugar producer. In 1636 the Count Johan Maurits of Nassau was appointed as the General Governor of the Dutch possessions in Brazil by the Dutch West India Company and from 1637 until 1644 he lived in Recife were he laid out a new city, Mauritsstad. Johan Maurits brought to Brazil a delegation of artists and scientists who played a prime roll in the production of knowledge and representations about the new conquered territory. In this entourage were, among others, Frans Post, Albert Eckhout, Georg Marcgraf and Willem Pies. These experts left an extensive and lasting legacy in the fields of natural history, astronomy, topography, ethnology, medicine and aesthetics.

Nassau’s administration is recurrently mentioned for its advances in urbanism, culture and science. He became a controversial figure hovering between the embodiment of a great benefactor and an agent of an imperialistic commercial undertaking.

Today within the new configurations of globalization and its power and economic shifts the Netherlands occupies the position of one of the most important investors in Brazil. Paradoxically, the awareness about this historical period and its repercussions in the contemporary Brazil is almost unknown in the Netherlands.