Posts Tagged ‘Brazil’

We Operate in the Vacuum, and Other Tales

Once upon a time there was a very high hill. Then, an apartment building appeared on the hilltop, with a giant swimming pool pointing towards the Guanabara Bay. From the apartments’ windows, all of Rio de Janeiro can be seen, including the Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, the bridge to Niterói and beyond. The capital of the country had yet not been transferred from Rio to a[…..]

Architecture of Visibility – Cinthia Marcelle and Nicolás Robbio

The notion of visibility often has a reaction that incites the magnetic forces of attraction or repulsion. The impulse to highlight or hide visual indications of ideologies is at the core of the separate solo shows of artists Cinthia Marcelle and Nicolás Robbio. Although billed as two separate exhibitions in the admittedly large Galeria Vermelho, it’s quite impossible to resist conceptual association of the two[…..]

Interview with Amilcar Packer

It’s a sunny day in Rio de Janeiro’s neighborhood of Lapa, a linked chain of button up shirts and people weave through the city streets. They enter into a mechanics garage and circle through the space, the mechanics continue their work; the unfolding of everyday life continues. The performative art action and the work of the mechanics rub up against each other, influencing each other[…..]

Portable Landscapes – Recibo

Having spent the last 5 months in Brazil as a outsider peering in, I’ve tried to pull back the curtain to discover what is essentially Brazilian about artistic modes of production. It eludes me. The constant state of flux it impossible to pause and properly articulate. Much like the boom of the Brazilian economy, the art fervor here can be hard to grasp. From this[…..]

Rodrigo Matheus

The calling card of artist Rodrigo Matheus is double-sided: a enchantment of the everyday on one side, the reverse, a wry disillusionment. My first encounter with the work of Matheus was not his own artwork, but a curatorial project for the gallery Mendes-Wood in São Paulo. He brought together pieces that engaged perception and representation; there were works that played with optics and material, works[…..]

There is always a cup of sea to sail in: the 29th São Paulo Bienal

What makes an art exhibition political? The 2010 São Paulo Bienal, There is always a cup of sea to sail in, uses Brazilian poet Jorge de Lima’s line as a metaphorical container to address the ambitious theme of art and politics. The head curators Agnaldo Farias and Moacir dos Anjos see the title as an expression of the essential aspiration of the exhibition, “to affirm[…..]