Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj’s works are showcased for the first time in a UK public institution in “I blew on Mr.Greenhill’s main joints with a very ‘hot’ breath”, on view at the De La Warr Pavilion since February 24th. The exhibition features both pieces from Guimarães and Akhøj’s solo careers, as well as recent collaborations between the two.
The most recent amongst the pieces on view are “Studies for A Minor History of Trembling Matter”, produced in 2017, and “Captain Gervasio’s Family”, made in 2014. The video installations investigate the strange case of the city of Palmelo, in central Brazil. In the “Spiritist capital of the country”, there is one Spiritist medium for every seven inhabitants.
The exhibition also includes a solo work by each of the artists, respectively. Born in Viçosa, in the Brazilian Southeast, Tamar Guimarães screens the movie “Canoas” (2010), set in Oscar Niemeyer’s home by the beach in Rio de Janeiro. The movie reflects on the tension between the Modernist project, which the architect helped lead in the 1960s, and the unequal social relations upon which it was grounded. Danish artist Kasper Akhøj, in turn, presents “Welcome (to the Teknival)”, a photographic series that began on 2009 and went on until 2017. The images register the restoration of a villa E-1027 in France, evoking the first photographs of the place, taken by Eileen Gray in 1929. Watch an introductory video to the show:
“I blew on Mr.Greenhill’s main joints with a very ‘hot’ breath”, by Tamar Guimarães & Kasper Akhøj
On view from February 24th through June 3rd, 2018