Author of one of the most commented works in the Venice Biennale last year – “Hunting Ground” occupied the entire Brazilian pavillion in the 57th edition of the event and won a Special Mention from the International Jury – Cinthia Marcelle opens her first major solo exhibition in the UK this Saturday, March 10th. “The Family in Disorder: Truth or Dare” showcases two new pieces by the PIPA Prize 2010 finalist at Modern Art Oxford.
Specially commissioned for the exhibition, “The Family in Disorder” draws parallels between social and educational structures in Oxford and Brazil (where high school students coordinated a massive uprise in 2016) to discuss citizens’ rights and access to public space. The site-specific installation devised two mirrored structures composed of the same quantity and range of materials across separate galleries. Together with local artists and art technicians, Marcelle then destabilised one of them. The work takes as its starting point the rising social inequality caused by multiple political and economic crises both in Brazil and abroad.
“Truth or Dare”, on the other hand, was produced by Marcelle during a residency in South Africa last year. The video animation displays a found concrete triangle as it moves from one position to the other, a lost compass trying to find its magnetic field. It is when the shadow of a female body is cast across the triangle that the video reveals its true chore, however, reimagining gender roles and family structures.
The opening of “The Family in Disorder: Truth or Dare” also motivated Modern Art Oxford to plan an entire set of parallel activities dedicated to debating the topics brought about by Marcelle’s works. Talks about Brazilian sociopolitics and art history take place respectively on May 10th and 24th, while curator Stephanie Strain discusses commissioning and curating Marcelle both on the exhibition’s opening (in which the artist will be present), this Friday, March 9th, and in an open talk on April 26th. For more information, see here.
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