PIPA and Camden Sentido – Luiz Roque and Virginia de Medeiros

PIPA Institute, in partnership with Camden Sentido, will be exhibiting an online screening programme, curated by Luiz Camillo Osorio, under the theme ‘Brazil, one country, many worlds’. Ten artists were selected and their works are going to be shown in pairs in accordance to the same topic as described below by Camillo. The screenings, exclusive to our website, will be on view throughout the months of June to October.

The fourth screening will feature the works “Modern” by Luiz Roque and “Sergio e Simone”, by Virginia de Medeiros. 

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‘Brazil ­one country, many worlds’

The issue of a Brazilian identity is a very problematic one. From colonialism to postmodernism what has been Brazil’s main features is its diversity and its adversity. It is a continental country mixing mega­cities as São Paulo with a gigantic forest as the Amazon. There co­exists, in conflict and tension, many different religions, ethnicities, skin colours, cultural backgrounds. In this critical moment, where the social, economical and political crisis has grown, it is up for artists to be the voice of resistance, bringing to the fore our diverse adversity. For curatorial objectivity, there were selected four topics (under the main idea of one country, many worlds / diversity, adversity) with a selection of two artists in each of them: 1 post­coloniality and altermodernity ; 2 ­ religion and politics; 3­ tropicalism and gender; 4 ­ social conflict and class issues in a fractured society. ­

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Luiz Roque, “Modern”, 2015. Duration: 0’20”.

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Sergio e Simone, “Sergio e Simone”, 2007-2014. Duration: 9’55”.

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Introduced by Luiz Camillo Osorio.

“Sergio e Simone” by Virginia de Medeiros and “Modern” by Luiz Roque are two videos that deal with the confabulation and the invention and transformation of established genders. In the first case, in Virginia’s video, we are able to see this invention act upon the body itself, where a transvestite lives intensely in his feminine character and later returns, by denying this past, and becoming a pastor. In addition to inventing another way of life, there is a deliberate refusal of this past life and the invention of a religious syncretism. In the case of Luiz Roque’s video, we see a character that we are not able to distinguish as human, animal or mechanic, where it manifests itself in modern artistic forms and mixes with them. Between the poetic and fantastic, we see bodies that are not fixed to a specific identity and slip between genders that are invented as hybrid and inorganic forms.

Luiz Camillo Osorio (Curator of PIPA Institute, former Chief ­Curator of MAM-­Rio and Director of the Philosophy Department at PUC-­Rio).

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“Interested in the plasticity of the image, its surface and iconic potential, Luiz Roque often uses analogue technologies—particularly Super 8 and 16mm film, but also magnetic tapes—to superimpose layers of time on his films, often casting shadows over underlying semantic layers. He uses media and the pop culture to raise questions concerning depth of vision, usually concentrating on the epidermal aspects of society.” – Bernardo José de Souza (Curator, 9th Mercosul Biennial)

The work of Virginia de Medeiros centers on documentary strategies as a means to transgress mainstream accounts and question the boundaries between reality and fiction. The artist deals with three themes within the fields of art and documentation: dislocation, participation, and fabulation. Adapting documentary images and lived accounts, she employs the latter for subjective and conceptual use to revise the representation of reality and alterity. De Medeiros works primarily with video and audiovisual installations, always seeking to combine the languages of art and media and expand aesthetic and technological possibilities to achieve new modes of expression.

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PIPA Institute in partnership with Camden Sentido will be exhibiting a curated online screening programme, exclusive to our website, throughout the months of June to October. View the complete release schedule.

Camden Sentido is an annual arts programme hosted by the Borough of Camden (London, UK). To coincide with the 2016 Rio Para/Olympics and the São Paulo Art Biennale, this year Camden will highlight all things Brazil. Camden Market will be home to a central programme which includes performances, gigs, talks, exhibitions and workshops by partners including Central Saint Martin’s, Wembley to Soweto Foundation, Mais Um Disco, Walls on Walls, Argent and Camden Tour Guides. Camden Sentido will also produce projects in partnership with Roundhouse, Latitude, PIPA and Frieze London.

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