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"Discover Brazil": Painting, – Sculptur – Installation
September 2 - November 13, 2005

 
   

Christina Canale
A Oberservadora

 

   

“Discover Brazil” traces the cultural scene in a country with a varied art that is not yet well known in Europe. Twenty artists from Brazil are taking part in this exhibition project, which follows the presentation of works from over 30 photographers in the exhibition “Faces of Brazil” in summer 2005.

“Discover Brazil” brings together important artistic viewpoints: some of the artists belong already to the established young artists of Brazil, while others are not so well known but arouse curiosity. The project introduces artists, most of whom are unknown in Germany and some of whom are able only now, for the first time, to present their work out of Brazil. They were selected by several curators assembled in Brazil, whose aim was to present diverse artistic concepts by means including: Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures, Photography, Installation, Video and Performance. The result is a presentation of the creativity and originality of current art in Brazil.

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The subjects range from the colour-intensive paintings of Cristina Canale to the new six-part painting cycle “Hotel Brazil”, 2005, by Antonio Claudio Carvalho, concerning the military junta of 1975 and the political manipulations and torture of that time, making probably the most radical political statement within the exhibition. The photographic collage of Valérie Dantas Mota with the title “Lifecycle – One eats the Other” deals not only in a subtle manner with the principles of Darwinism but also characterises the country of Brazil itself. Brígida Baltar's video shows scenes on a Brazilian beach and approaches the “Ghost-Crab” in a metaphysical but also playful manner. Cao Guimarães's video “With a few pages around the world” exhibits similar depth but also a special humour. The work of José Patricio uses Domino-stones playfully but also systematically, leading to forms of installations where complete halls are “played on”. Also the wall work of Luiz Hermano, consisting of little plastic figures, couples the aspect of play with an association with Indian traditions. It goes without saying that the influence of Indian roots and ritual is significant in this exhibition (and also fundamentally in Brazil). Claudia Camposs demonstrates this in her work with tiny altars, in which she expresses the tales and myths of the “Indigenas” (the original inhabitants) or Teresinha Chiris with her Kautschuk imprints. The strong influence of religion is transmitted in the huge installation of Caetano Dias, with his 17 Santa Barbara sculptures and his head of Christ made of cane sugar. By contrast, Ayrson Heráclito's video work of dried meat reflects African roots in a surprising way. These examples provide a glimpse of the exhibition content.

   

Claudia Camposs
Brazil 2005

 

   

The exhibition is a witness to current living conditions as seen by the artists. It could only have taken place with the support of the artists as well as numerous galleries and collectors.

The project is also supported by the Ludwig Stiftung, Aachen, the Koblenz Touristik organisation and the Ministry of Culture in Brazil.

 

Kindly supported by

Ludwig Stiftung, Aachen and Koblenz Touristik

Koblenz Touristik

 

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Antonio Claudio "Hotel Brazil"
Antonio Claudio
Hotel Brazil